Ah, the timeline timelapse. What better way to condense days, weeks, months of grueling, tedious work into 2 minutes of fast-paced editing goodness.
For the past week, Kendrick Lamar's latest music video has been taking the internet by storm, and for good reason. For starters, it provides a timely response to the culture of police brutality that has spewed to the surface of popular awareness in the past year. From an artistic perspective, however, the video itself is a masterpiece. Shot in stunning high-contrast black and white by cinematographers Rob Witt and Corey Jennings, and directed by rising star director Colin Tilley, the music video for Kendrick Lamar's "Alright", off the album To Pimp a Butterfly, is sure to stick in your mind, regardless of how you feel about the song.
Here's the video. Just as a heads up, it's got some harsh language.
Now, here's the timelapse of the edit, which was done by LA editor Vinnie Hobbs, and which took three days. Some harsh language in this piece as well.
There's an interesting approach to editing here -- one that I've never seen before -- and that's using two timelines on top of one another in order to build the edit. One of the timelines is, of course, the master timeline where the project is being built and the audio and visual effects are being compiled. The other is simply labelled "SELECTS", which makes me think that it's either a rough cut or just a timeline of prime shots that the director or client has produced to help guide the editor. Either way, it's a neat way to work, and depending on how it's done, it could be a more efficient way to get pre-selected clips into the final timeline.
Have you guys ever worked with two timelines in this manner? Let us know down in the comments!