How I Shot a Viral Timelapse Film

How I Shot a Viral Timelapse Film

I SHOT THIS TIMELAPSE MOVIE OF PHILADELPHIA CHECK OUT HOW! | I’ll walk you through my process to create this film from preproduction through the distribution and sale/licensing of clips and footage from my film.

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Check out this “draw my life” style video where I’ll explain how I came up with the idea of this timelapse film, how I planned it, scheduled the shoots, set the cameras, managed the files, did the post processing on each frame, made the video clips from the sequences of images, did the video editing, created the movie, and tracked down television producers, magazine editors, radio people, and used email and social media to spread the film far and wide and amassed over 100,000 views organically within the first couple months. I hope you guys love this video and the story!

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50 replies
  1. mmeyers1976
    mmeyers1976 says:

    Very cool man – always love your videos. How did you end up monetizing the project? Just wondering how it ended up being a $50-60k project for you. The struggle to create is never the hardest part. It’s finding a way to get paid for it without compromising your creative vision – and this is the perfect example of a passion project that actually made you money (every artist’s dream). Thanks in advance for any insight brother!

  2. Nathan German
    Nathan German says:

    I have never been to Philadelphia, but it was this video that inspired me to create what is currently one of my most popular videos: Springfield MOtion, a time-lapse film of Springfield, Missouri, which then went on to inspire others. I received a comment on my video saying, "I hope to one day make a timelapse like yours", so I directed him to your tutorials since they were so helpful for me.

  3. fisherman10101
    fisherman10101 says:

    Hey Nate, I usually dont like motivational videos but I’ve been following you for a while and I respect what you say. Your words really resonated, especially as at the moment I’m having a bit of an art crisis….anyway thanks man for sharing all of this with me and the rest of the world, its incredibly generous of you

  4. Persuasive Video Works
    Persuasive Video Works says:

    Hey Nathaniel #tutvid I sourced the Philly Is Ugly video – nice!
    I have been taking shots of my local city, jr. college, basketball game, etc. and am in process of creating a montage of the footage, I’ve shot.
    This is a great inspirational example to consider, and reference some of the ideas.

    You’ve inspired me to add more still shots, video, speed ramping, etc. to what I already have —
    I know I have a lot more work to do, before it is done …

    Philly Is Ugly Time lapse –

    Thanks for the inspiration, over the months I’ve learned a lot from you.
    The very best, David – Col 3:23-24 – 1 Cor 10:31 …

  5. Tom Solymosi
    Tom Solymosi says:

    This is one of my favorite videos yet, and I have already enjoyed watching the tutorials you make. Very nice job. I am heading over to watch the short film now. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep up the great work

  6. Mathias W
    Mathias W says:

    I like the way you explained it. Easy to understand.
    I also find the video very inspiring and motivating.
    Thank you very much for the driving words

  7. David Moore
    David Moore says:

    Not only a really interesting and well paced "How I…" video but the actual movie is an epic piece of work. You have reason to be very proud of this Nathan. Congratulations, it’s sensational.

  8. Tyler Lillico
    Tyler Lillico says:

    Loved the story! This has really motivated me to pursue a personal project I’ve been thinking about for years. Thanks for the kick in the butt and I look forward to proudly sharing my project when it’s done. 🙂

  9. wildline productions
    wildline productions says:

    ND Films,You have been a constant source of inspiration. Good job, man.Thanks again for helping me to best interpret the creative suite.Finally going to get time for the arts in (retirement). Passion holds no bounds!PS –  going to get vector scribe soon – awesome plugin for those who aren’t affording CC.


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