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Restoring a Creepshow Puppet

Restoring a Creepshow Puppet

Tom Spina Designs performs expert restorations of movie props and costumes. They were asked to restore the fluffy monster puppet from George Romero and Stephen King’s Creepshow. This time-lapse shows how they freshened their faces and hands with help from VFX masters Greg Nicotero and Tom Savini and built it a wooden display crate.

Arctic Sea Smoke in Chicago

Arctic Sea Smoke in Chicago

Much of America has been gripped by a deep freeze this week. One interesting effect of the deep freeze is something known as Arctic sea smoke – a vapor that forms when frigid air blows across warmer water. EarthCam captured this amazing time-lapse footage of the phenomenon as it occurred over Lake Michigan across from downtown Chicago.

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Wooden Zoetrope Bowl

Wooden Zoetrope Bowl

Greg Blanpied makes CNC-machined and laser-cut functional art fabricated using parametric math and geometry. Among his amazing pieces is this elegant bowl, which acts as a zoetrope when filmed or spun beneath a strobe light. He’s also created a zoetrope vase.

Pine Cone to Pine Tree Time-Lapse

Pine Cone to Pine Tree Time-Lapse

With the holidays upon us, the fragrance of pine is in the air. After buying some pine cones from the market, Boxlapse plucked and planted one of their seeds to see if it would grow into a tree. This captivating time-lapse footage condenses 300 days of growth to about two minutes. Perhaps it’ll be big enough to use as a Christmas tree in a few years.

Building the Great Wave off Kanagawa in LEGO

Building the Great Wave off Kanagawa in LEGO

Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the world’s most iconic artworks. It’s been the subject of countless tributes over the years. LEGO builder Jumpei Mitsui assembled an enormous 3D model of the wave using 50,000 bricks and shared this time-lapse video of the build. He created the piece for an installation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Annular Solar Eclipse in 8K

Annular Solar Eclipse in 8K

Many of us caught a glimpse of the 2023 annular solar eclipse, but through most filters and lenses, it just looked like a blurry crescent.  Frozen Spectrum shows off an incredible bit of time-lapse footage of the event captured with a custom solar telescope. The detail in the 8K video is unlike any we’ve seen of the sun during an eclipse.

World’s Largest Playing Card Structure

World’s Largest Playing Card Structure

Arnav Daga set his sights on breaking the record for the largest playing card structure ever, and he’s now achieved his goal. This 143,000 card construction took Arnav 41 days to build and includes four iconic landmarks from Kolkata, India, including the Shaheed Minar, St Paul’s Cathedral, Salt Lake Stadium, and Writer’s Building. We’re just glad nobody sneezed.

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Growing Crystals Macro Time-Lapse

Growing Crystals Macro Time-Lapse

Anyone can grow their own crystals with just a few household chemicals. Photographer Jens Heidler connected a Sony mirrorless camera to a Motic Panthera microscope and recorded a number of fascinating time-lapse sequences showing how crystals grow. He grew the colorful crystals using a combination of beta-alanine, vitamin C, water, and isopropyl alcohol.

Steep Funicular Time-lapse

Steep Funicular Time-lapse

Take a ride on Switzerland’s Gelmerbahn – an open-air funicular that sends passengers along a 3,373-foot-long route with a maximum 106% grade. DJ Hammers Trains captured this smooth 60 fps 4K time-lapse footage to speed up the 8-minute journey. And if that’s not enough, there’s an even steeper funicular with a 110% grade.

Building a Giant Cardboard TIE Fighter

Building a Giant Cardboard TIE Fighter

When somebody says they’re going to build a cardboard model of a Star Wars ship, we assume it would be something you could fit on a bookshelf. But cardboard artist Bodoc likes to make things at a slightly larger scale. This time-lapse video shows how he created a 1/2-scale version of a crashed TIE advanced X1 fighter out of shipping boxes.

A Talking Time-Lapse

A Talking Time-Lapse

While Peter Gabriel did it first in the Sledgehammer music video, Lotrfan’s time-lapse video features its subject reading a statement rather than singing one. It took him 285 days to shoot the sequence, moving his mouth slightly each day. He also let his hair grow throughout the process, enhancing the effect.

Amsterdam Ahoy!: A Tilt-Shift Travel Video

Amsterdam Ahoy!: A Tilt-Shift Travel Video

Photographer Joerg Daiber takes us on a vibrant visual tour of The Netherlands’ capital city. Using tilt-shift and time-lapse techniques, the enlightened Dutch city’s historic canals, charming neighborhoods, and countless bicycles appear even more magical than they do in real life.

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Drawing The Mandalorian

Drawing The Mandalorian

South Korea-based artist Drawholic wows us with a colored-pencil portrait of Din Djarin and Grogu. The time-lapse video lets us observe the entire process from start to finish, as the rough outlines give way to color, shading, and a background that makes the image pop off of the page.

Cruise Ship Building Time-Lapse

Cruise Ship Building Time-Lapse

MK Timelapse GmbH recorded the entire construction process of the AIDAnova, an 1105-foot-long cruise ship that carries 6600 passengers. The footage from Germany’s Meyer Neptun and Finland’s Meyer Turku shipyards starts out with massive engines being built and takes us through the fascinating modular assembly process.

Eternal Spring

Eternal Spring

Photographer Christopher Dormoy’s short film offers a fascinating look at how ice melts as it gradually warms up, both symbolizing the start of spring and as a commentary on climate change. He shot the macro time-lapse footage using a Nikon Z6 camera, a Laowa 24mm probe lens, and a Nikkor 105mm macro lens.

Time Is Nothing

Time Is Nothing

Photographer Kien Lam has been traveling the globe for over a decade. He spent 343 days before the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 shooting this spectacular time-lapse video. In all, he visited 17 countries by plane, train, and bus, and shot more than 6200 images. You can follow Kien’s ongoing adventures at Where and Wander.

Sculpting Willem Dafoe as Joker

Sculpting Willem Dafoe as Joker

Willem Dafoe has played lots of baddies, but he’s never portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime, Joker. Crafty Art imagines what the sharp-featured actor might look like in the role with this impressive sculpture that took over 300 hours to create. After creating the clay bust, they cast a resin version for painting and detailing.

133 Days on the Sun

133 Days on the Sun

This incredible footage from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is about as we’re going to get to the Sun. The 59-minute time-lapse was stitched together from 133 days of extreme-ultraviolet imagery the probe captured of the Sun’s corona between August 12 and December 22, 2022.

Artemis I in 60 Seconds

Artemis I in 60 Seconds

From liftoff to splashdown, NASA’s Artemis I mission took 25.5 days. This video from the European Space Agency condenses the picture-perfect journey of the Space Launch System and Orion moonship down to just 60 seconds through the magic of editing and time-lapse footage.

Gifaanisqatsi

Gifaanisqatsi

The 1982 movie Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance was a fascinating experimental film that combined slow motion and time-lapse footage with music by Phillip Glass to illustrate humanity’s impact on the world. Monkeon’s Gifaanisqatsi generates movies using a similar technique, only with random animated GIFs.

Above the Dust: Burning Man 2022

Above the Dust: Burning Man 2022

More than 70,000 bohemians, hippies, punks, and outsiders descended on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man 2022. Filmmaker Jesse Chandler forgot he had applied for a permit to fly a drone at the festival, but we’re glad he got a reminder, or we wouldn’t get to enjoy his amazing aerial time-lapse footage.

Bonobo: ATK

Bonobo: ATK

Filmmakers the McGloughlin Brothers created the eye-catching music video for the Bonobo track ATK. Using high-speed shutters and cameras placed in moving vehicles, they captured the vibrancy of the world through hypnotic, horizontal motion. It reminds us a bit of the video for Chemical Brothers’ Star Guitar.

Making Smaller and Smaller Portraits

Making Smaller and Smaller Portraits

Illustrator DP Truong chose Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow as the subject of a pencil drawing. After he finished the 21 cm (8.26 in) black-and-white portrait, he kept going. Only for the next drawing, he went with a smaller piece of paper. Then he repeated the task over and over until he got down to a 0.2 cm (0.07 in) image.

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