Recently Shark Biscuit were commissioned to make a series of time-lapse videos for Maxx Media.
So here is some insight for the techies amongst us: Timelapse is not a new technique for Shark Biscuit as we do like to use it when it enhances the narrative of what we are selling. To produce these films solely as time-lapses like requested was going to present a challenge; Duration, hourly change in the level of lighting throughout the day, memory capacity, and power levels were the challenges that we faced.
We decided to shoot with the Panasonic GH4 as this camera has a time-lapse setting that shoots full res stills at 1 still per second over the duration of an hour. Once we reached the end of the hour the camera automatically converts the still photos into a 4k MP4 video which really helped with our work-flow.
The job was not finished there as the next step was to composite high-resolution stills and video footage onto the screen itself. The reason for doing this in post production was because the live content we shot was naturally in time-lapse too and would make it seem to potential clients that they would not receive much airtime.