Time-Lapse on Steroids: Dream Music

It’s long, but it’s also mesmerizing: a time lapse tour-de-force. Most amazing is that these artists were able to reposition and take frames with the mouth synch so well timed and integrated. 6-8 hours of work for each 3-4 seconds of footage? 6 months to do? Yeah, I can see that.

Marc Donahue is a 31 years old from Los Gatos, CA, graduated college at UCSB, filming and editing for 12 years. He specializes in Film, Lyric-Lapsing, Stop Motion, Motion Control Timelapse, Music Videos, Commercials & Wedding Services.

Sean Michael Williams is 27 years old from San Jose, CA. Sean graduated from San Diego State University, and has been filming and editing for 6 years. He specializes in Film production, Lyric-Lapsing, Stop Motion, motion Control Time-lapse, Music Videos, Commercial campaigns & Wedding Services.

Q1. Where did the idea to push time lapse to this extreme come from?

Donahue/Williams: We’ve been working on a number of different timelapse techniques for years. We recently got sponsored by dynamicperception.com that makes motion controlled timelapse devices. After years of experimenting we combined all our production techniques together and came up with lyric-lapsing, a stop motion timelapse effect that creates a surrealistic feeling.

Q2. How are you doing this — especially synching up the lip movement with the songs so effectively? Can you describe your process (without giving away the secret sauce)?

Donahue/Williams: Like I said before we have been experimenting with different techniques. Combining tedious movements within intervals of time allow us to create such powerful cinematography. We have a number of videos that kind of show you the process on my vimeo account (https://vimeo.com/permagrinfilms)

Q3. You say, “Our goal was to pioneer a new film genre by telling a story through art and music.” Can you tell me a little more about that?

Donahue/Williams: We wanted to push the progression of time-lapse and lyric-lapsing into the online short film world. We wanted to create an artistic story in a way that had never been done before. Our goal was to make Part II a unique experience that would be different than anything else on the internet. We aimed to seamlessly weave a visual narrative within the lyrics of 3 different songs and maintain a unified story.

Q4. Where would you like to take this time-lapse technique next?

Donahue/Williams: We really want to hook up with a big time artist and create a music video and get into some commercial gigs. We’d also like to take this technique and travel the world, showing all the fascinating places, and make travel documentaries.

Q5. Is this project linked in any way to the wedding videography that you’re doing? I think there are some pretty innovative things coming up out of the wedding videography business. Any interesting things you see developing there?

Donahue/Williams: Wedding videography is how we get paid. We do however use sliders and timelapses and actually the last wedding I filmed last Saturday I used this technique with the couple, after showing them the video on youtube. So yeah we are starting to apply it to other avenues.

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