We do time-lapse. Yes, you've all seen it. Flowers blooming, clouds rolling swiftly by, three second sunsets,
crowds and traffic moving at supersonic speeds.
Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby each film frame is captured at a rate much slower than it will be played back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, such as the motion of the sun and stars in the sky, become very pronounced.
Time-lapse photography footage has appeared in TV documentaries and movies for decades. Sometimes it is just pretty footage, used in motion picture films to emulate the passing of time. It is often used in documentaries to show growth, change or a development that took a long time, reduced to a couple of minutes.
Of course, we can do time-lapse of storm clouds and sunsets, but our films are directed more at the ventures of men than the creations of nature. The Luxor Hotel for example. You are going to build a "one of a kind" glass pyramid hotel with slanted elevators in the Las Vegas desert and you want everyone to know what an incredible project it is. Who wouldn't want to see a film of how it was built?
We create time-lapse films for, hotels, construction companies, corporate shows and conventions. Anything that involves building and construction. We cover long building projects like the Venetian Hotel that took two years to complete and short ones like the construction and tear down of the Panasonic Booth at the CES convention that took 8 days.
And we are experts at it. Being based in Las Vegas has given us numerous opportunities to work on huge and unique building projects, all of them with their own set of challenges. We have learned through experience the perils of extreme weather or the damage that moving cranes can do to an environmental housing. We have been doing time-lapse long enough to see the changes in technology and embrace the latest. Every job is different so we have often had to invent, design and fabricate systems that work for very specific projects.
Time-lapse of building projects, by their very nature, require the ability to see into the future in order to plan camera placement and a shooting schedule. Unlike shooting clouds and flowers, construction projects require an understanding of the process as well as serious communication with the builders so our cameras are in the right spot at the right time. These projects require that we share the clients enthusiasm and attention to detail so that their dream translates to an entertaining and informative motion picture. But, most importantly, along with our expertise, is our appreciation for the fact that "this is it". We only get one chance. There will be another sunset tomorrow, but how many glass pyramids will ever be built in the desert. It would be a shame to miss it!