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This was screened at the James River Filmmakers Forum on March 6th, in Richmond, VA

Also shown was “Eye of the Beholder” and “Lunacy:Chasing the Moon”


Entry for Vimeo Awards Experimental category. Unique time-lapse set to dramatic music.

Music used with permission courtesy of BigNic

Filmed and edited by Daniel Lowe

How-to:Back Seat Bungie Time-Lapse

“Long Time” BigNic (Leaving Atlanta – 1080p) from Daniel Dragon Films.

First, it started with an image of my father’s tombstone. Cheerful, huh? And then, I heard this music. Instant marriage. That was 4 months before the rest. I filmed the opening pen script with the 50mm lens, about 2 weeks before the other shots.

If you haven’t seen my short film.. it’s here:

The daytime moon shot is also with the 50mm lens, that was at 4pm in the afternoon. You have to zoom to get a clear moon shot, I’ve discovered. Go to and search for “moon” if you want to know all about that.

Then the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens came in. It cost $644, and I had to order it from eBay from Japan.

But it’s an awesome, powerful tool when used properly. It’s the lens you want in your bag when you visit the Grand Canyon. Check out my good buddy Jake Seegars on vimeo to see even more from this lens:

I went crazy with time-lapse after that. I spent 2 nights at “the Farm”, a family property in rural Virginia, where the sunset, moon, and star scenes are filmed. I dealt with my lens fogging up for the first time and lost some footage. I buffed hand soap into my UV lens filter for the 2nd night. That worked okay, but what worked even better was putting a fan blowing on my lens from the side.

I did order some stuff called Zooke Anti-Fog. I’ll try it and tell you how that works, just arrived.

There’s 2 shots that are b-roll footage from earlier shoots (the swan and the guy), in order to put more “film” into the clip.

The shot of the plants growing was one of the longer shots in reality. The camera stayed in one place about 7 hours and took a picture every 5 minutes. If I do that again, I’ll be more patient and do it for longer.

The lawn mowing time-lapse was with the Tokina lens @ 13mm, taking a picture every second. Then I animated it at 10 frames/second in Quicktime Pro. That’s how all these time-lapses were done, using Quicktime Pro to animate an image sequence, creating an MOV file.

The very last things I filmed were the tombstone time-lapse, the bridge shot and the tour road shot (first film shot). By then I had assembled most of the puzzle pieces I had (in my head).

At some point I realized I had clips that represented the passing of a day. And then that fit right together with my personal tribute to my father.

If you knew my father, the last part makes sense. He did so many things, and for the most part, did them well. He was a general contractor and did construction and demolition. He was a private pilot and owned 2 small airplanes at different points in time. He was a certified scuba diver and owned a few motorcycles in his life. He could drive literally anything that had a motor in it. With an 8th grade education and an alcoholic father, he escaped the rural mountains of North Carolina and made himself, over time, into a successful businessman.

Unfortunately, he also worked 20 years at Newport News (Tenneco, now Northrup Grumman) Shipbuilding. He died of mesothelioma at age 67, a lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in the shipyard. He has been sorely missed; we are reminded of him daily.
Please take a look at my new short film: Film vs. Timelapse. It’s a visual comparison and a tribute to my father.

Life of Romeo the Cat

Embrace the Night