Toby Harriman is quickly becoming one of my favorite timelapsers (he and Michael Shainblum are killing it). He’s the kind of guy who makes me claw at my windows, wishing I was traveling instead of being chained to a desk. And you know, that’s a good thing. We need people to remind us what the world looks like beyond the familiar walls, and that’s something at which Toby is really becoming an artist. His latest video, Chasing Weather, is a combination of clips taken in Alaska, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Chicago and Hawaii. It’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
Hot damn. Now that’s awesome. Nicolas Vuignier calls it “centriphone” and it’s one of the most unique angles of skiing I’ve ever seen. Actually, it probably is the most unique angle I’ve ever seen. Taking advantage of the iPhone’s high frame rate in HD (240 frames per second in 720p, as the GoPro 120 was apparently too slow for him), Vuignier swings the phone rapidly around his head while descending a mountain. What’s probably even more impressive is he didn’t break his phone.
Sven Dreesbach made one of the more impressive iPhone videos I’ve seen, utilizing underwater and surfing in a haunting, beautiful way. While shooting that video for Robot Koch, Sven also was working on a personal surfing video that he recently released. Sven made the most of his time out in the water while shooting the original video, and what he created with ancillary footage has a completely different feel to it than the original.
With my short I am trying to visualize this moment when you are out there in nature and you realize you became one with it.
Over the course of two autumns, filmmaker Toby Harriman compiled some truly stunning footage of Colorado. “During September and October of 2013 and 2015 I drove from San Francisco back to my birth state of Colorado to experience a bit fall. Growing up there, I was young and not really into photography yet. So it is amazing to go back every year now and see it with a whole new perspective.” Toby shot a good amount of the footage with a Canon 6D and a 5D Mark III, but complimented a lot of the timelapses with his iPhone 6S Plus. The aerial footage was all taken with a DJI Inspire.
Filmmaker Joerg Daiber shot this timelapse on this Panasonic GH2 and added tilt shift effects in post in order to make one of the most densely populated cities on earth look no larger than a dining table. “Monaco is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. A population of about 37,800 is living on an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi).”
Sometimes it’s enough to just sit back and enjoy something beautiful. Alex Robinson is a content creator with a love for all things video, and it shows in this reel he made using only a DJI Inspire 1. If you’re planning on getting into filmmaking using a drone, this is the kind of footage you should be aspiring to create.
Is it the stellar visuals? The music? The pacing? I think it’s everything, and the combination of what filmmaker and storm chaser Mike Olbinski does in “The Chase” makes us want to watch this over and over again. His timelapse technique is pretty flawless. What makes great timelapse is understanding speed, camera motion, framing, and subject matter. When you watch this film, you get lost in what you’re seeing, and the camera effects become secondary, even for filmmakers whose job it is to make movies like this. That is a sign he completely nailed it.