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Promotional Film for Boston Event Consultant, Michele Mottola

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by Ron Risman

As with most any art form when the artist has done their job right the end result just works. Perfection often goes unnoticed, whereas imperfections stand out like a sore thumb. So when Boston’s top event consultant, Michele Mottola, contacted us about creating a timelapse piece to show off the transformation that she was about to create in the ballroom at Boston’s Intercontinental Hotel, we jumped at the opportunity, and we’re glad she did as well.

The InterContinental Ballroom is a big space and the transformation she was about to orchestrate included an all white motif with accent colors added by light and flowers. The transformation took place over a 36 hour period and included the installation of a rain chandelier over the bar area, the installation of white wall-to-wall carpeting, white drapes covering all the walls, an acrylic dance floor, a 60′ dessert bar, all white chairs including two s-curve chaise lounges, and beautiful floral and table designs to complete the transformation.

From past experience we knew that in order to create a film that showcased her work we needed to capture the energy that she was creating and not just the technical aspects of the transformation. So this became a multi-timelapse project. We set up a secure camera high up on a window that was able to capture all 39 hours of both the set up and the event without the use of any external power (i.e. power cords). Knowing that the room was going to be all white and the windows would be dark, we transformed our normally beige camera housing into a black housing overnight to make sure it would go unnoticed against the window.

We set up that camera to capture images every 30 seconds for the full 39 hour timelapse (Over 4600 still images). We also headed down to the reception to capture more intimate time-lapses to help better tell the story of location and to help capture the energy that Michele created with her transformation. In total we captured over 20 timelapses throughout the evening that we were able to combine with the static camera to create this promotional film for Michele.

As cinematographers and timelapse specialists we are always looking for better ways to tell your story. Going above and beyond what our clients expect from us is an important part of what we do, and is the best way to create happy customers.


Star Gazing – Seacoast Photographers Group Meetup

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by Ron Risman

This short time-lapse was captured during the Seacoast Photographers Group meetup at the University of New Hampshire’s Observatory. Approx. 300 long exposures combined to re-create the movement of the sky.

Timelapse Photography for Video

Posted in Films with tags , , on November 18, 2009 by Ron Risman

I finally purchased an intervalometer / timer for my Canon 5D & 7D (fits both) as I have been dying to do some timelapse photography for video. I decided to purchase an inexpensive (made in Hong Kong) Canon knockoff off of ebay for a price of $34 delivered (The Canon TC80N3 sells for $135) and it has worked flawlessly.

What is timelapse photography for video?

You set the camera up to take a series of still-frames that are spread apart from each other in time. For example, if you had the camera take one photo per minute for 5 hours, you would end up with 300 still photographs (60 minutes x 5). If these 300 still images were played back at a standard TV frame frame of 30 frames-per-second you would have a 10-second video that represents that passing of 5 hours in time. That’s timelapse photography – for video. Some professional video cameras can also be set up to record timelapse sequences in much the same way.

Since I have a love for low-light / night photography I decided to capture stars and then show their movement in a timelapse video. This isn’t something that can be done with a video camera, since a video camera just doesn’t have the low-light sensitivity to record a night sky. In order to capture the night sky with a stills camera you need to set up the camera to capture long exposures (20-40 seconds) and then have the camera repeat this step over and over again using the intervalometer.

With my new eBay purchase in hand I headed over to the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick, Maine
where I had a perfectly dark sky each night (went 3 or 4 times this past week) – an ideal set up for capturing the night sky. The moon did rise each night but not until after 10:00 p.m., giving me a few hours to play. Since the camera could only take about 1 picture a minute based on the long exposure of each image, a 3-hour period only provides about 4-5 seconds of actual video. A lot of work for such a short final product, but when done right the results are breathtaking.

I combined some of my favorite footage from the week with other video that I captured around the Seacoast this week. These look better full-screen so feel free to enlarge them.