Day 5: Making Up For Lost Time

In my first post I mentioned that I intended to learn a series of computer programming languages, and a few other skills “here and there”. Well the time has come for the “here and there” post!

Now I love the creative arts, and am passionate about music and film. I love creative expression, and helping others express themselves through the arts. I think it’s this passion which originally sparked my interest in learning some programming languages. At the start of my experimentation with programming, I felt a bit like an artist looking at a blank canvas, but as I began delving deeper into programming, a painting began to emerge; it truly is an art form requiring practice, dedication and creativity!

And I believe that programming, like any art form, give us a glimpse into eternity, as it parallels the space of the infinite: no project is ever the same. Now hopefully down the road I can talk a little bit more about what I do in the space of musicianship, music production, and audio engineering, but today, this post is reserved for the film geeks!

Take Everything In Moderation

Now, I wanted to get something straight. This blog is not meant to belittle film… or Netflix.  I  enjoy a good movie, or a suspenseful TV series, (in fact, I had to quit a series mid-way into it’s second season when I canceled my Netflix account). But the thing is, I was always left hanging… there is a time and place for everything, and always a time to watch a good movie, but on the other hand, I  it’s time to start making good movies, instead of just watching them. Anything in excess can lead your life into unbalance; movies, video games, friends over family, etc. And right now I’m trying to make up for lost time spent in front of the T.V. screen.

Tutorials On Videography

I own a Canon Rebel T3i, and it’s done me justice over the time that I’ve had it. Although it’s a cropped sensor camera (meaning it has less low light capability), it’s a great camera to help people enter the space of video production. This past week as I’ve been working through my PHP programming course, I decided to take a mental break and watch some tutorials on DSLR videos. I watched mainly time-lapses, because those shots just get me going on the inside. I have found these videos to be both informative and interesting.

Richard Harrington created a tutorial on Lynda.com about how to shoot a “hyper-lapse”. This is a time-lapse shot from either your car or a moving vehicle, creating not only the effects of a traditional time-lapse, but the sense of a hyped up motion from the car’s movement. Let’s just say it can be comparable to achieving warp speed on StarTrek if filmed right.

Shooting My Own Timelapse

A few of my friends of mine and I will be spending this weekend on a short road trip. This will hopefully be a good time to create some hyper-lapse experimentation of my own, (weather permitting! …when your windshield is full of rain, there’s really no point in trying to film a time lapse: the results will be only mediocre).

The gear used in the tutorial is far more extensive then the pieces I was able to muster-up before this trip, but I will keep you updated if it was a success or not. By the way, you can also follow me on Twitter @SeanWitzke, if you want real-time updates.

Don’t forget to wish your Mothers (or Motherly influences) a Happy Mothers Day on Sunday! You can check out the first video of the tutorial for Shooting a Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Video below.

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