THE BEST Time Lapse

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Drawing Pennywise

Drawing Pennywise

Watch in awe as illustrator drawholic starts with a blank sheet of paper, and proceeds to sketch out an impressively accurate Prismacolor pencil rendering of Pennywise the clown, as he appeared in the 2017 big screen version of Stephen King’s IT.

Painting with Gunpowder

Painting with Gunpowder

Artist Danny Shervin precisely arranges granules of gunpowder on canvas or wood, then sets it on fire to create burnt-in pointillist art. You can buy originals and prints of his work on his website.

H.A.A.R.P. Borealis

H.A.A.R.P. Borealis

Located in Eastern Alaska, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is a research facility used to study the ionosphere. The Skyglow Project recently was granted access to the mysterious looking array of antennas, and caught the Aurora Borealis while shooting.

Becoming

Becoming

Filmmaker Jan van Ijken captured this amazing microscopic scale time-lapse footage of the development of an amphibious alpine newt. Watch in awe as it grows from a single cell to a complete organism in just 6 minutes. More here.

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How a Tesla Model 3 Gets Made

How a Tesla Model 3 Gets Made

Tesla recently shared this brief time-lapse video shot from the point-of-view of a Model 3 going through the company’s assembly line. The car’s thousands of parts are installed by a combination of human and machine workers. We’d love to see a longer, narrated version.

Horizons Mission Time-lapse

Horizons Mission Time-lapse

During his journey on the International Space Station, astronaut Alexander Gerst captured thousands of images to create time-lapse footage of sunrises, auroras, cloud movements, and other amazing sights that can only be seen from space.  See more of Alex’s images here.

Son Doodles, Dad Illustrates

Son Doodles, Dad Illustrates

Thomas Romain is an animator in Japan. He loves to use his spare time turning his two sons’ character sketches into detailed drawings. His children’s imaginations are top notch. They’ve released an art book that contains some of their collaborations.

Full Cloud Inversion

Full Cloud Inversion

Among the many incredible images captured during this Grand Canyon time-lapse video from the SKYGLOW Project is a phenomenon called a “full cloud inversion,” during which clouds get trapped between the walls of rock formations, forming a sort ocean filled with puffy clouds.

Low Earth Orbit

Low Earth Orbit

Hong Kong video production company Visual Suspect created this awesome time-lapse footage by sending a drone into circular flight trajectories around Folegandros Island, Greece, resulting in a unique and awe-inspiring perspective on the world below.

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