Dan Paluska


18 months of timelapse movies, and raising money for another 6 on the farm…

mirrors on brinno doodle
I carried a small timelapse camera that looks like a shampoo bottle around for a little more than 18 months. Each day became a ~3minute timelapse movie. About 300x normal speed. Five minutes of life becomes about 1 second of movie.
Each month is about 90 minutes of footage. I put together six months into a single film that has six panels laid out like this.
[ JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC ]
Here’s a sample from the first six month movie:

So I have now made 3 compilation movies. Each movie is about 90 minutes long and covers six months of my timelapse movies. From Mid 2009 to Jan 2011. To me, they are something like fishbowl or fireplace movies. A texture or pattern of life. Is there a narrative?

And here is timelapse version of the third episode compressed into 3 1/2 minutes.

All the individual movies and the compilation movies are public domain so you are free to reuse as you please.

But maybe you want a copy of the full lengths on DVD? I am happy to put them together for you with some custom art and mail it to you.

What did i take away from all these movies? I think mostly it made me think about plants and slowness. After all this time filming myself I figured it was time to spend some time filming something shared like our food supply so I am working with a couple small Boston area (Concord) farms to create a public domain movie about the 6 month growing season. Roughly late April to late September. $99 and you will get some timelapse movies, some handdrawn art and the bonus of helping fund a public domain movie about food.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464315496/timelapse-farm-a-source-code-for-food



Experiments with timelapse and audio

timelapse audio

After spending all this time making timelapse movies, I had to make some timelapse audio. I wrote a simple script and here are a few samples of the output:

ELP live at the middle east. 60 minutes compressed to about 1 minutes:

A conversation with Bill and Jamie that went from 40 minutes to about 1.5 min.

A performance of Handel’s Messiah from the Brooklyn Pentacostal church (missing the famous ending). About 70 minutes down to 1.5 min.

How do they make you feel? They correctly convey the feelings of being there but don’t really reveal too many details? I will continue to experiment with versions of this. Play with timings, mixings, etc.

This was a shell script implemented with SoX, a free and open source audio toolkit. Download for free from http://sox.sourceforge.net. It requires a little bit of UNIX/LINUX know-how but is pretty straightforward. Check the attached SoX README file on installing the separate LIBMAD and LAME for dealing with mp3s.

Here is the script:
timelapse_audio.sh

The script calls on another script you can get for free from the SoX page as well:crossfade_cat.sh. edit the $SOX line in this file to point to correct location. varies slightly on mac/linux distros.

Enjoy!

also, superbowl 44 in 2minutes:



if you hold still for 30 seconds, you can capture the moment.

(UPDATE – six month compilation 1, six month compilation 2)

from the five borough tour

the staten island ferry

i carry a timelapse camera with me everyday. when it is turned on, you just need to hold still for 30 seconds and the moment will be captured. i find this to be a powerful concept. one photo every 30 seconds gives you about a 2 minute video at the end of the day. (default playback rate on movies is closer to 5-10fps rather than 30fps.)

the above shot was a posed/planned. i placed it on the ground and we just milled around in that spot for 30 seconds and then moved on. you might not notice it in the context of the movie playing at full speed but it’s a nice frame. it’s from the following movie:

first let me try to summarize a few thoughts i have.
– document more with less opinion.
– more automatic and less filtered by my opinion of what is “worthwhile”
– sped up linear visual representation of how long things take is more useful than writing “5 hours” in a spreadsheet?
– one button simplicity
– in public it is a short conversation starter, sort of like having a pet.
– reflection on process and sharing
– less worry about documentation because it’s always happening anyways.
– don’t want to spend too much time on it but a minute or three each day seems worthwhile.

a little bit more about why timelapse in general:

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