There are timelapse videos you just can’t stop watching. Filmmaker Jamie Scott has created one of these, and it’s named simply “Spring.” It features all kinds of blooming flowers, in most amazing transitions and even accompanying the music. Regardless of the fact I really love flowers and spring, I believe even those of you who aren’t exactly flower lovers will watch this timelapse in awe.
Jamie has created “Spring” as a companion piece to his timelapse “Fall,” published in 2012. As he explains in the description, the idea was to create a piece that will be completely the opposite of his previous video:
Not just the Fall vs Spring. But wide shots vs close ups, everything in focus vs shallow depth of field, very cuty vs one shot, contemporary music vs classical, static camera vs moving camera.
It took Jamie an impressive amount of time and storage space for this video. It took the full 3 years to shoot everything. He shot over 8 TB of 5K footage. As he told Fstoppers, he encountered a number of challenges while shooting. It wasn’t easy to control the plants, as they are living things. Not to mention that some flowers blossom for a very short time, so you don’t have too many shots. This is why it took him so much time, but it was well worth it.
As for the gear, Jamie used Canon 5D MK2 with a 24mm prime lens. To achieve the continuous motion, he used the Dynamic Perception Stage One Slider. He shot some of the flowers in studio, and some of it outdoors, and composited the shots together in the end.
Although it was partially staged, I still love this timelapse. What’s more, I think it takes additional skill to stage everything to get the results you want. I’ve always been enchanted by footage of flowers in bloom, ever since I was a kid, so I believe my childhood fascination added to the experience of watching “Spring.” For me, this video has it all it takes to relax and enjoy, and I admire the artist who took this much effort to create it. If you also like it and want to see more of Jamie’s work, visit his website and Vimeo channel.