Timelapse + Tilt Shift + Blur = The Lion City
Timelapse and Tilt Shift have been two of the techniques the most exploited since the digital filmmaking’s explosion. They are used all the time now as transitions in mainstream TV and movies, and there are countless tutorials on how to create them.
Photographer and Filmmaker Keith Loutit, who has been one of the first to tackle the tilt shift technique, has pushed the envelope a little bit more with The Lion City, a three and half-minute video on Singapore where he combines timelapse, tilt shift and blur.
In an interview to Planet 5D, Loutit explains that “Because it’s the first time I’ve released in this style, the film is hard hitting, and full of effects… more so than if I were releasing a story based concept.”
And indeed, the combo is intense but it also offers new options to reveal elements in the frame and create a mood. In this case, Loutit wanted to emphasize the heavy and humid Singaporean weather with the blurry effect.
Here is what Loutit said to Planet 5D regarding the technic’s technicalities:
‘The film is all digital stills, shot on Nikon D3s and D4 bodies. I also use the Canon 5D MKII / Little Bramper combination for some day to night work. The tracking shots use an extremely large scale dolly that can be transported, so I can control both camera and subject speed independently. For focus effects I make efforts to use lenses where possible (large format bellows and classic Rodogon & Nikon lenses), or modified enlarger lenses. If I’m shooting without effects I use a range of 80′s – 90′s Nikon lenses I’ve had modified (crippled) for timelapse work. Edited in FC Pro, Post effects in After effects.’
Here is Loutit’s video, how do you feel about the three technic combo?