Part of our assignment was to create a video. It could be about anything remotely related to the project. I remembered that there was this special thing called "Time Lapse" that I wanted to try for a while already. So I got my act together, studied a few online tutorials, thought about the mechanical details a bit and started experimenting.
But what is a time lapse video? It's simply a normal video of anything you want, but played back (a lot) faster than captured in the original scene. A long two hour event could be condensed in a ten second video. Of course this means that you want to keep your camera quite still. Also, you need to pick the interesting events, namely those that don't seem to develop in real life, but suddenly come to life when played back a thousand times faster. Imagine watching a plant grow? How boring! But if you speed it up considerably, it's a real surprise that awaits you.
Now the good thing is that you only need 25 frames per second for a smooth video appearance. This means that creating a time lapse video boils down to taking tons of consecutive images of one event, slowly capturing its development over time. Bottom line: we're back to photography.
Over 15,000 pictures of raw footage and over 50 hours in the field later, I had enough footage for the movie. It took tons of post-processing to gather all the small bits for editing the movie, and listening to over 2,000 songs to find the appropriate accompanying music. Check out the final result: