150000 Actuations: A Four Day Time-lapse Workshop Film

By on September 30, 2013
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I’ve been hosting workshops for awhile now and always leave feeling extremely energized – no matter the location or attendee. These workshops are either 4-day or 8-days depending on the level of detail that we are hoping to cover. The aim is to help leave participants with the knowledge required to shoot a time-lapse.

For this workshop, Brent Foster, a photographer / cinematographer based out of Ontario, Canada came to spend four days in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Brent has worked for some of the largest editorial publications in the world producing cinematic DSLR videos alongside his photography across the globe. His clients include The Los Angeles Times, TIME.com, The New York Times, and Human Rights Watch. Brent has also taught visual storytelling and multimedia at Loyalist College, and The National University of Rwanda. His videos have appeared in several film festivals internationally, and have won awards including The National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism Awards for multimedia storytelling. I can easily say that he is one of the best photographers I have had a privilege of working with and cannot wait to collaborate on another project with him. Oh yeah, he’s also a pretty rad dude. I highly recommend following his work as he is producing some great work. Make sure to follow him on twitter and facebook.

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Unlike many other workshops, these workshops are catered on a per request basis. Due to the fact that each workshop is completely unique, new challenges and obstacles inevitably arise — much like any film shoot. This workshop was no exception. We had many obstacles that we had to overcome – many of them due to the floods that tore through Alberta. However, even with the obstacles we had to overcome, I must say that the experience was amazing!

About the Film

This film was shot just days after the major flooding that happened in Alberta, Canada that caused over $6 billion in damages. During filming, we were limited in filming locations as many places were still under water throughout the park. You can see in some of the clips that the water levels are much higher than normal, especially the Bow River.

Preston Kanak

About Preston Kanak

Based in Saskatchewan, Canada, Preston Kanak is a filmmaker and time-lapse photographer. His portfolio includes broadcast and independent work with a focus on capturing the human condition as well as the environment they live in. For the past three years, Preston has been filming a series of three minute short films focused on experimenting with various techniques and workflows. In 2010, Preston produced a short film everyday for the entire year. Currently, Preston is producing an extensive time-lapse tutorial as well as offering workshops across Canada — with the end goal of establishing an online educational resource for new media creatives. He also currently works with Kessler University producing tutorial and educational videos.

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