Palawan Timelapse In Port Barton, The Philippines By Allan MacKenzie

June 3rd, 2016

AllanVideoLast week I was looking at Allan MacKenzie‘s new website and noticed that Allan has one of my favorite little videos from a shoot he did back in 2013 on a Palawan Island in the Philippines in his portfolio. I wanted to do another post on this video (I did one here on PFRE back in 2013). This is one of my all-time favorite videos. It’s promoting a resort called Gilligans in Port Barton that is owned by the couple in the video.

Allan’s description of the shoot is as follows:

The gig was a resort guesthouse promotional video shoot and also interiors, exteriors and landscape photography showcasing the picturesque location. The place is just amazing, the sunsets are incredible, and the people are friendly, I was actually surprised to meet American’s that have taken up residency there? It was not only a great creative experience but also a life changing trip for me to see how the other part of the world lives.

My brief was to produce 3 promotional videos in total for the resort guesthouses which includes, the UAV aerials landscape time-lapse footage, lifestyle and water activities, hiking activities etc! As my client said “Allan, we just want you to do your thing, sell the dream location for the ultimate holiday experience”.

Notice that in several parts of this Allan has combined time-lapse video (the clouds) along with normal speed video. Allan has promised to tell us exactly how to do this.

As I told Allan, I like this whole video but I especially like the second half from about 1:16 to the end. For me, there is a subtle similarity to parts of the Sydney Pollack film, Out of Africa  where Meryl Streep and Robert Redford are flying in the biplane. Although Allan assures me he was not thinking about such a connection when editing or shooting this. In any case, I think Allan did a fantastic job on this.

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7 Responses to “Palawan Timelapse In Port Barton, The Philippines By Allan MacKenzie”

  • you shoot a time-lapse like you normally do. before you move the tripod, change settings and record a regular speed video. You crop along the horizon line and do a split screen.

    you notice the normal moving speed stuff is all below the horizon.

  • Allan you are an amazing cinematographer . Double time lapse, one speed for the sky another for the people in the foreground and blended beautifully. Congrats! Hollywood here come Allan !

  • Wow. What an inspiration.

  • One side of me really likes the cinematic skill and the technical aspects blending the motions. The other side of me ignores the technical aspect and reflects growing up on water and later in life as a private pilot. If I saw such aggressive clouds in a normal environment, my sphincter muscles would really be tightening in anticipation of the rapidly and radically changing weather conditions. Of course, in real life can look beyond and see there really is no storm, however, when viewing the video can’t tell what is beyond the camera view to put in perspective. As a child, still remember the advancing rain line on the lake and racing it home in a rowboat. Of course, to a pilot, clouds – particularly fast moving clouds , means turbulence.

  • Hey thanks guys for your comments – I’ve being lucky enough to do a few international projects recently and this was one of the fun gigs. Well Jonathan is fairly close on the money as to how it’s done. I was going to do a tut today on Camtasio Studio but ran out of time, however, in the meantime I’ll talk you through it. It’s really a simple and effective effect to evoke an emotional response from the viewer that’s what I love about it.

    When I went through film school back in Brisbane during the mid 00’s DSLR was only just about to take off with the introduction of the 5Dmkii in 2008, so we learnt timelapse using the old and trusted technique called (Camera Roll) this is where by you press play on the camera and let it run for 10 minutes or so, then bring the footage into the timeline and speed up say by 10000% to create rolling timelapse effect. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a simpler way to skin a cat so to speak.

    Today I use both techniques on projects depending on time constraints and budgets that is the photographer method of interval timelapse and or camera roll, both have a time and place and I often use both methods, just camera roll is quicker to produce and less taxing on tying up your cameras on a gig if you are time poor to create the TL effect by the interval method.

    The Philippines timelapse video was created all with the camera roll technique using my 5Dmkii (Except for the star timelapse sequence at the end which was interval method) allowing it record to its maximum before it switches off, my 5dmkii seems to run out to 10-12 minutes of camera roll which is more than enough for a 4-5 second scene if sped up to 10000% on the timeline.

    I use premiere pro:
    > Bring your camera roll clip onto your timeline and place on video 1
    > Then bring the same clip onto video 2 so it sits above video 1.
    > Speed up video 2 clip by 10000% by right clicking on the clip and selecting speed/duration
    > Selecting video 2 clip again go to effects control and open Opacity there you’ll see the free draw bezier tool.
    > Go to your program monitor and at the horizon of your clip draw a line through the horizon and around the foreground, invert, and the video 1 clip playing at normal speed will be revealed in the foreground, it’s that simple!
    > I than like to nest the sequence and color grade using colorista II to finish.

    Hope that helps? Have a play, it’s lots of fun, thanks for liking.

  • hmmm…. I lived in the PI for awhile, and nobody brought me wine on the beach. Ever. I feel like I got ripped off now. All I was offered was balut and some rice, and corn & okra ice cream. 🙂

  • I love that affect! Ive seen it done a few times now and I think its time for me to give it a shot. Great work as always Allan!

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