Day turns to night, flowers open then wither, a chrysalis morphs into a butterfly, all within a few moments on the screen. Time-lapse video can be a compelling tool to capture something otherwise deemed unable to capture.
The first recorded use of the time-lapse technique was by cinematographer Georges Méliès‘ in his motion picture Carrefour De L’Opera (1897). One of the most breathtaking large scale uses of time-lapse film today is the 1992 award winning documentary Baraka, by the creative team Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson, and Michael Stearns. “[Baraka] has no plot, contains no actors and has no script. Instead, high quality 70mm images show some of the best, and worse, parts of nature and human life. Time-lapse is used heavily to show everyday life from a different perspective.“
Some classic themes of time-lapse video:
- cloudscapes and celestial motion
- artwork, from blank canvas to finish
- biological decomposition
- set up of a large event
While producing the documentary film “Southington Relay For Life” Miceli Productions created a time-lapse video of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. The resulting visual communicates quickly the vast number of community members this event impacted.
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Image Credit: Chad Tretton of Boseman, MT