The timelapse bar has been raised once again with this amazing Singapore timelapse

Jun 10, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The timelapse bar has been raised once again with this amazing Singapore timelapse

Jun 10, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Some of you will recognise the name Keith Loutit.  He’s the amazing timelapse photographer behind The Lion City, a film which really pushed the limits of of what we all thought timelapse could do, as well as the extremely popular Bathtub series.

An Australian filmmaker based in Singapore, Keith now presents us with The Lion City II – Majulah, a sequel to the original timelapse, which offers even more new, exciting and interesting sequences and techniques to inspire our creativity and raise the bar even higher.

As sequels go, this one definitely ranks amongst the best.  There’s some absolutely amazing cinematography in this, a large chunk of which was probably only been made possible by the use of drones.

The construction timelapse sequences are particularly impressive, and Keith offers a very different and distinctive way of showing such activity.

The shots with the car moving through the streets at night, with trails that seem to overlap is also a very cool take on a familiar subject.

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What I find most interesting about it, is that it’s a very simple effect, easily achieved with something like After Effects’ “Echo” filter.  This filter has been around for years, so why has it taken somebody this long to use it with timelapse?

When you look at Keith’s other timelapse work, you can see he has a special eye for seeing and doing things a little bit differently, so it’s no surprise that he’s introducing such new and little used techniques into his latest film with great effect.

For those of you that didn’t see the original, here it is.

Every time Keith releases a new film, you think “It can’t get any better than this!”, and then he releases another.

After watching The Lion City II – Majulah, I’m really looking forward to see what he gives us next!

What are you doing to push your timelapse?  Have any cool ones of your own showing similar techniques to those in either of The Lion City films?  Let us know and show off in the comments.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “The timelapse bar has been raised once again with this amazing Singapore timelapse”

  1. Frank Ball Avatar
    Frank Ball

    Love the juxtapose of time-lapse speeds to tell the stories (e.g., high-rise is built in 5 seconds but seamlessly then slows to near real-time to show people/cars using that new structure).

  2. Ben Olry Avatar
    Ben Olry

    This is unbelievably great. I cannot even guess how much work went into planning the sky scraper shots. He must have had markings on each location’s ground to visit his spots again and again and be able to reframe the picture very similar every time over the course of weeks and even months. I don’t think the shots that went straight up were drone shots. Looks more like a hyperlapse with one floor per shot(which is even more impressive – imho). The other hyperlapses look so smooth that one could think it was done on dollies despite covering distances > 15 meters. The color grading is is fitting as well as the music. Just WOW!