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Time Lapse

Building a Cruise Ship

Building a Cruise Ship

4K time-lapse footage of the construction of AIDA Cruises new flagship AIDAprima as it was built at the Koyagi Plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Japan. It’s mindblowing to see such an awesome and massive vessel emerge from the bare drydock.

Scotland in Motion

Scotland in Motion

Photographer Casper Rolsted takes us on an eye-popping time-lapse journey through the rolling hills, rocks, lochs, and islands of the Scottish Highlands. As the clouds rolled in, we couldn’t help but think that every last frame of this short film would make a beautiful background for our desktop.

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Painting a Hyper-realistic Fish

Painting a Hyper-realistic Fish

Artist Young-Sung Kim captured time-lapse footage over the course of ten months, as he painstakingly created a hyper-real oil painting of a fish. Everything looks so incredibly shiny, we just want to reach out and touch it. The painting is currently for sale from Saatchi Art.

Ancestral Nights

Ancestral Nights

We love the perspectives in the latest vid from Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan of the Skyglow Project. Here, they offer a glimpse into what our evenings might have been like if we had lived with the ancient Anasazi. Bonus: an appearance at 1:03 by something bloody good.

Manic Manila

Manic Manila

We’ve visited Manila before, and can attest to thew fact that it can be one of the most overwhelming places on the planet. But there are also pockets of quiet and order to the chaos in this densely-packed city. Photographer Joerg Daiber managed to capture both ends of the spectrum in his vibrant tilt-shift, time-lapse clip.

Forging a Tiny Axe

Forging a Tiny Axe

Not only is this teensy axe that blacksmith Paul Pinto made adorable, he upped the challenge of creating it by using a miniature anvil and hammer he previously made. The only problem with the video is the sped up drilling sound reminds us of the dentist too much.

Moving a Brick Wall

Moving a Brick Wall

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Grand Theater is undergoing a massive renovation. As part of the build, they’re expanding the stage house while retaining building’s original 1931 back wall. Watch as workers from C.D. Smith Construction pull off this feat, moving the entire back wall 35 feet along a set of tracks.

Concert to Football Time-Lapse

Concert to Football Time-Lapse

We’ve always been impressed how quickly stadiums are able to adapt between different types of events. This clip from Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena shows the ballet of people and equipment that occurred as they switched between a concert arena that played host to U2, to football field in just under 3 days.

A Busy Day in the Yard

A Busy Day in the Yard

A homeowner decided to use BriefCam’s Rapid Recap tech in his FLIR FX security camera to capture all of the activity that took place one morning in his front yard. The tech superimposes time-lapse images on a static background, providing a quick glimpse at a day’s activities, and some awesomely surreal video footage.

Planetary Panoramas 4K

Planetary Panoramas 4K

A while back, Vincent Brady created an otherworldly time-lapse video featuring night skies captured via a special 4-camera rig. He since remastered the clip in 4K, added new effects, and improved its visual fidelity. Be sure to check out the 360º/VR companion piece.

Pills Dissolve in Macro

Pills Dissolve in Macro

Have you ever wondered what happens to a pill once you swallow it? In this video from photographer Ben Ouaniche of Macro Room, we get an incredible close-up look at medications as they dissolve in a bath of water. It appears the imagery was sped up for added effect.

Birth of a Bee

Birth of a Bee

National Geographic photographer Anand Varma captured this incredible macro time-lapse footage of the early stages of life a bee goes through in its hive, from a worm-like white larva to a fuzzy, flying insect. More here.

Attraction

Attraction

Experimental filmmaker and motion graphic artist Dirk Koy provides a unique perspective of a traffic circle. By rotating top-down, time-lapse footage of vehicles as they pass in and out of the lanes, it almost looks like they’re being magnetically pulled towards the center of the circle, then released back into the world.

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Building a Wigwam

Building a Wigwam

Wigwams are a kind of shelter historically built and lived in by Native Americans and other indigenous people. Watch as members of the Historic Huguenot Street recreate one of the structures by bending tree saplings, and covering them with dried grasses, tree bark, and other natural materials in this enthralling time-lapse.

The Silence of Scotland

The Silence of Scotland

As part of his Silence Project, photographer Casper Rolsted takes a less-is-more approach to filmmaking with this footage of Scotland’s beauty, accompanied by immersive and relaxing sounds of nature. Best enjoyed with headphones with the volume cranked.

A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

Filmmaker Felix Deirich used data and imagery from Japan’s Himawari-8 meteorological satellite to produce a truly hypnotic time-lapse film of the Earth, captured over the course of a year. Watch in awe as clouds swirl, and storm systems materialize and move across the globe.

Atomic Ruin

Atomic Ruin

Photographer Andrew Walker captured eye-popping footage of a structure that humans rarely see the inside of – the cooling tower of a nuclear power plant. This particular tower was part of a never-completed plant located in Satsop, Washington.

Thickest Flipbook Ever

Thickest Flipbook Ever

Andymation spent over 35 days over the course of 3 months creating this insanely-thick flipbook. The 658-page anime-style sequence only takes about 50 seconds to watch, but it’s a serious testament to the artist’s illustration skill and dedication. Skip to 15:07 for the money shot.

The Arctic

The Arctic

The macrophotography experts from the Beauty of Science present a stunning close-up look at the formation of crystals with razor-sharp clarity. The time-lapse, black-and-white imagery was selected to evoke the icy cold sensation of the Arctic. Still image gallery on Behance.

Dragster Engine Time-lapse

Dragster Engine Time-lapse

Hagerty and Don Schumacher Racing provide an up close look a the teardown and reassembly of an 11,000 hp V8 HEMI engine from an NHRA top fuel dragster. While this was a complete rebuild, they perform much of the same process each weekend at the dragstrip.

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Multiverse

Multiverse

Director Hiroshi Kondo’s short film has a simple premise – watching the flow of traffic on the streets of Taiwan, where an endless stream of mopeds carry riders every day. But through the use of editing, time-lapse, and other techniques, he created a true visual masterpiece.

Making Carl Fredrickson

Making Carl Fredrickson

SugarCharm Shop creates intricate figurines from polymer clay. In this time-lapse clip, she shows off her picture perfect sculpt of the curmudgeonly Mr. Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s classic Up. Every detail is there, down to his tufty eyebrows and tennis balls on his walker.

Car Wrap Time-Lapse

Car Wrap Time-Lapse

Want to change the color of your car without damaging the paint job? A vinyl wrap is the way to go. Here, we see an ordinary Volkswagen Golf transformed from factory blue to a cool metallic matte finish, courtesy of the car artists at Lithuanian wrap shop Autoapklijavimas.

Unshredding Money

Unshredding Money

Think you’re good at solving jigsaw puzzles? Check this out. In this time-lapse clip, artist Martin John Callanan painstakingly reconstructs a misprinted British Five Pound note that was shredded into thousands of tiny bits, piecing it back together using a pair of tweezers.

Sculpting Toejam and Earl

Sculpting Toejam and Earl

Toejam and Earl are two of artist Sculpture_Geek’s favorite video game characters. Stoked with the release of Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove, he sculpted busts of the alien rappers out of Chavant clay and Sculpey. Skip to 3:23 for the time-lapse.

Making a Guitar from Scratch

Making a Guitar from Scratch

An immensely satisfying time-lapse video of luthier (string instrument maker) and plectrier (pick maker) Patrick Hufschmid as he creates one of his gorgeous hand-built electric guitars. The sped-up carpentry sounds are just as awesome as the imagery.

Building the Death Star

Building the Death Star

One thing that’s always bothered us about science fiction is how we see these enormous, futuristic constructions, and never see how they get built. Thanks to Isaac and Benjamin Botkin, here’s a look at how the ultimate power in the universe might have been assembled.

Jakarta Joy

Jakarta Joy

Photographer Joerg Daiber paid a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia to capture vibrant, moving images of its lights, buildings, and people as they go about their days and nights in this enormous, and rapidly-growing city.

Theory of Time

Theory of Time

Street artist DAKU’s overhead installation in Goa, India casts shadows of words onto the ground as the sun shines through its semi-transparent panels. When viewed in time-lapse, the design is particularly effective. (Thanks Richard!)

Machining a Giant Gear

Machining a Giant Gear

A look inside the P. van der Wegen Gear factory, where they make enormous gears for mining applications. While the process of milling these massive parts is truly fascinating, we can only imagine what they look like when in use in the machinery they’re destined for.

Melting Ice Cream

Melting Ice Cream

Macro Room’s time-lapse footage of ice cream bars and popsicles melting into the ground is simultaneously hypnotic and depressing, bringing on flashbacks to that time we dropped a bomb pop on the ground at age five and cried for an hour.

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