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Post is there any business case for Timescapes -or just its cool
Is there any compelling reason to have a building construction be captured by a timelapse other than visual aesthetics (which is good reason). Is there anything that leads to some kind of revenue?


Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:03 pm
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Post Re: is there any business case for Timescapes -or just its c
Yeah, if you can get the building owner or the construction company to pay for the video when its done. You have to sell the idea ahead of time and get permission and a safe place to set up the camera or cameras. Selling is always the hard part. Anyone can make the timelapse.

Other timelapse can be worth money as well. Government projects are often documented with timelapse. Things like beach sand pumping, buildings, assembly of space rockets, restoration of national monuments are often documented with timelapse. Have some great looking examples of your own work with you when you go to make the pitch. Sometimes you can be paid for stuff you've already done for free. I spent several Summers shooting timelapse of sea turtles nesting on the beaches at night (using long exposures to see by starlight and speeding up the very slow activity of the turtles). The ability to see and record what happened in darkness let them study interactions with the turtles and people walking the beach at night. When they got a grant to study human-turtle interaction, they paid me to make the timelapse videos which were the basis for their study. When Natgeo Wild did a show about crocodiles, gators and turtles, they found my timelapse and paid me to use it in their documentary. Of course, I never made enough to pay for my cameras, but it was nice to offset some of the expense.

Some people on this forum also sell hardware for making timelapse. Again, the making is easy compared to the selling. If you ever decide you want to zoom or shift focus while timelapsing, check out Stepoutmoco.com

We also make one-off devices for those special shots nobody has ever seen before.

If you want a career in film making, my best suggestion is to attend a well connected film school. Suck up a lot. Professional connections you make in school will be your best resource for finding paying jobs after graduation. Its not so much what you know, but who you know that is important. Posting video on the internet and hoping to be "discovered" is a forlorn hope. I tried that already. Doesn't work. Good luck to you. And if you ever make it, can I work for you?


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