February 17, 2015

This Hyperlapse of Dubai is Truly Unlike Any You've Ever Seen Before

Dubai Flow Motion - Rob Whitworth

Rob Whitworth is among the most prominent timelapse artists working today. His previous hyperlapse work has featured urban explorations of Shanghai, Barcelona, and Pyongyang. His most recent project, however, is easily his most ambitious, technologically sophisticated, and jaw-dropping. Commissioned by Dubai Film, Dubai Flow Motion is a mesmerizing tour of one of the most unique cityscapes in the world.

In a post over at PetaPixel, Michael Zhang shared some awesome behind the scenes pictures of the gear used for this shoot, as well as a look at how Whitworth mounted cameras in some interesting places in order to capture the shots. He also shared some extended sequences from the film, which provide a look at the footage Whitworth was using with prior to working his magic in post and stitching it all together.

Although there's not much information out there regarding how Whitworth pulled off this incredible feat, other than the fact that it took upwards of four months to produce the completed piece, you can see some additional photos and read a few of Rob's comments over on F-Stoppers    

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For the wider shots where it zooms in and follows people/boats/planes, is he shooting panoramic timelapses with multiple cameras, merging the images into super high res stills, then cropping in on the action?

February 17, 2015 at 3:56PM

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Benjamin Lebeau
Cinematographer, Colorist, Editor
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HOW THE FUCK?

February 17, 2015 at 4:07PM

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Caleb Rasak
Camera Operator / AC
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Lots and lots of layering going on.

February 19, 2015 at 1:44PM

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Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor
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Too trippy for me. Pretty neat though..

February 17, 2015 at 11:22PM, Edited February 17, 11:22PM

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Torsten Pearson
Writer-Director-Editor
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WOW. Just.... Wow.

February 18, 2015 at 12:33AM

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Oren Soffer
Director of Photography
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Now that...

THAT was awesome. Wow. You know something is good when your only explanation is "that has to be CG" and if it's not...well, I just don't know how he did it. Crazy.

February 18, 2015 at 1:33AM

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Luke Neumann
Cinematographer/Composer/Editor
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There are a lot of "this is amazing you have to see it" posts. But THIS IS AMAZING!

Really cool twist on the "old" field of timelapse.

February 18, 2015 at 2:20AM

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I definitely scoffed at the title of the post that said it's "unlike any you've seen before" but I have to say this is actually really something I haven't seen before. It was pretty spectacular and I am glad I didn't decide to skip the article and not watch it!

February 18, 2015 at 10:43AM

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Brendan Plake
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I thought this would be another example of the hyperbole epidemic that is sweeping the internet lately; but no, this really is "truly unlike anything I've ever seen before!"

February 18, 2015 at 3:37PM, Edited February 18, 3:37PM

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Great to watch high.

February 19, 2015 at 12:01AM

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Terma Louis
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I'd give my left nut if I could learn how this was done........very humbling!

February 20, 2015 at 6:09AM, Edited February 20, 6:09AM

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Jerry Roe
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It's the transitions that set this time lapse apart from anything I've seen before. The imagery is wonderful, but it's the segue from one scene to the next that transforms this into a unique work of art. Brilliant.

March 1, 2015 at 8:49PM

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Ted Bryant
Photographer
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i cant imagine how to take that airplane shoot

March 3, 2015 at 12:14PM

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aboe banjarmasin
Director of Photography/Director
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