The results of our first Video Challenge are in. And it didn't take long for Gizmodo readers to prove they're every bit as good with video as they are with still photos. Though...time lapses combine the best of both worlds.

WINNER and Lead Video - Never Satisfied

I have explored the idea of shooting time-lapse with a long time friend and talented artist who operates under the alias of NEVER (aka Never Satisfied) in Atlanta, Georgia. Never has been out of commission recently due to knee surgery followed by a nasty staph infection. While only partially recovered, he agreed to shoot for the time-lapse challenge. The artwork is titled "The rent is too damn high" and features a begging owl with droopy, drug induced eyes (prescribed pain killers). The inspiration for this creature came as a result of Never being in so much suffering due to his knee surgery along with his recent apartment hunting in NYC where he will be relocating later this month.


To complete the challenge, I built a team consisting of my business partner and co-founder @ UpThink, Erik Huber, along with fellow photographer Jeremy Stephenson. Michael Wynne generously volunteered his time to create an original piece of music for the project. Once we had the man power, all we needed was a safe location to capture Never. We picked a location in NW Atlanta at an abandoned warehouse that's far off the grid. This spot has been a favorite of mine in recent years due to mysterious tire dumpers filling the space. It's an environmental disappointment to know that all this rubber is being dumped by someone and I personally do not condone those activities. However, the vast sea of tires offered us a unique visual perspective for this project. To help portray the passing time during the day via visible light beams, we hiked into the location with a 1k generator and hazer. The visible light created by the hazer combined with the constantly changing wind flow through the space really brought the location to life. We shot bracketed RAW exposures, but steered away from using any HDRs in the final video in an effort to not get caught up in the overly tone-mapped trend amongst photographers these days. The bracketed exposures allowed us more freedom in post to create some variation within the edit. We shot with longer exposures (4-13 seconds) to emphasize the movement with motion blur. This side-project was a lot of fun for everyone involved. We did have a few technical issues during the shoot— such as getting our gas can (full of gas) stolen, the generator flooded mid-shoot, the 12v battery used with the Dynamic Perception dolly rig failed, and we ran out of light just as the artwork was being finished. Despite the minimal complications, we managed to finish the 45 second edit* and get it posted. - Doug Urquhart

Shot on a handful of Canon D-SLRs (5D MII, 7D, 5D, 400D)
Moco moves made possible with the Dynamic Perception dolly + TeleTrack pan/tilt head
Special thanks to PC&E Atlanta

Produced by The UpThink Lab for the 2011 Gizmodo Time-lapse Video Challenge, Photography by Doug Urquhart, Erik Huber, & Jeremy Stephenson. Artwork by MISTER NEVER SATISFIED. Original Music titled "Beautiful Mourning" created by Michael Wynne


Ice Flow

A few scenes from my next short called "Iceflow" about the movement of ice on the rivers/lakes/bays surrounding Rochester NY


Time and Space

Rather than shoot one glorious 45 second time-lapse with my 5D, I decided to carry around my GoPro and shoot as many possible moments of my life, then jam them all together into one visual barrage. With no LCD or viewfinder on your camera, much less any manual settings, its easy to set it up and do a quick lapse on the go. Its also much easier to hang out windows or put in tight spaces.


Image sequences were converted to ProRes Quicktimes using After Effects, edited in Premiere Pro, and back to After Effects for grading and adding the title.

Scored by Rob Stern and Joe Benny of Secret Panda Society
Secret Panda Society - Untitled Album Track (Video Mix) secretpandasociety



- Scott Riel


New York (almost) Minute

I came up with the idea of shooting time lapse of famous clocks around New York City at the same time over several days. It ended up being a little tricker than I had originally planned due to uncooperative weather, scheduling and clocks.
Shot using a Canon 7d with Canon lenses
18-55mm f3.5-5.6 USM
50mm f1.4 USM
75-300mm f4-5.6 III USM

5 second intervals with a mixture of 1 and 2 second exposures. I had a bit of a problem with flicker on certain shots which inspired me to purchase a Little Bramper which I wish I had for this. Assembled in Quicktime Pro edited in FCP.


Day to Night

Day to Night in the city that I love.
Nikon D700, NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, Celestron Nexstar with L bracket for movement for the intro shot.


Day clip: M 1/1600 F14 ISO1000 24mm, Sunset clip: M 1/320 F14 ISO1000 50mm, Night clip1: M 3 F16 ISO1250 70mm, Night clip2: M 3 F14 ISO1250 24mm

The Celestron was used for the day clip, along with zoom and pan done in Premiere Pro CS5. For the remainder of the video Premiere Pro CS5 was used for zooms and pans. Song: LTWXRMX- Flying Lotus


Rotting Pumpking

I finished this rotting pumpkin just in time for this challenge - weeks in process. Shot with a Canon XSi and GBTimelapse, flicker removed using GBDeflicker plug-in for After Effects CS5.


Zürich From Above

Video all shot with Nikon D90. First sequence Tokina 11-16mm. Second Nikor 50mm 1.4g. Third Tokina 11-16mm 4s/2.8f @ iso 400. Forth Nikon 50mm 1.4g 4s/4f @ iso 400. Last Tokina 11-16mm 15s/2.8 ISO 600

Shot on "Irchelberg" outside of Zürich. The Third sequence shows the Airport, the first second and third are looking upon Zürich. The Last pointed straight up.
Music - Claire De Lune - claude Debassy.


A Day In Hong Kong

A day in Hong Kong, in 45 seconds. A collection of time lapse shot between January 23 - 25, 2011 in Hong Kong. Edited for the Gizmodo Video Challenge. All images captured in RAW and assembled in Adobe After Effects. Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35LII, Canon EF 24-105L, Canon TC-80N3 Intervalometer


Music: Schubert. Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished". Movement 1: Allegro moderato. Performed by Davis High School Symphony Orchestra (
All images and footage © 2011 Chris Pritchard, all rights reserved.


The first two clips are from a railroad track near the border of California and Nevada. Then a track/pan at the Granite Mountains. Then "walking the tripod" At the Cargo Muchacho mts. Star trails were done in After Effects.


When It Is Darkest.

Video Challenge, Time Lapse, Taken with Canon 5D w/ 17-40 F4L @ F4, 17mm, 29 seconds @ iso 3200 or 5D 24-70F2.8L @ 24mm 29 Sec. iso 1600. Arches national park, delicate arch, balanced rock, natural bridges national monument, Utah


Tokyo Tower Special Observatory

Tilt shift miniature faked time lapse movie taken from Tokyo Tower Special Observatory, a height of 250m(820 ft). Canon EOS 5D MarkII, MC ARAX 2.8/35mm Tilt & Shift, Pentax K-5, MC BIOMETAR 2.8/80mm & Tilt Adapter Pentacon Six. Music: m by LUCA CITOLI​en/​track/​540450


Settings: Interval timer is not used and taken by continuous shooting. F number:F4.0-5.6. At daytime SS:0.5-1sec,ISO:100,using ND400 filter. At night SS:1sec,ISO:200-400. Tilt angle:7

Giant Dipper

Had some good weather so my friends and I went to Santa Cruz, CA to shoot. Had to sneak my camera on the Giant Dipper to get the shots (they told me to keep it under my jacket). A lot tougher to hold it still than I thought it would be so some of the shots aren't perfect but whatever.


Shot with a Canon Powershot SX30 IS using the miniature mode feature (mimics tilt-shift). Song is "The Ice Dance" by Bachelors of Science.

Snow, Sleet, Rain, Ice.

Strange result here with the two part snow/sleet/rain storm. Kind of cool seeing the snow get washed away even faster than it builds up.


Ugh, listen to me. Making these time-lapses is the only way I can keep myself going this winter. Medford, Massachusetts. Street view: 2/1/11 7:30am - 2/2/11 1:30pm Icicle view: 2/2/11 1:30pm - 9:30pm One photo every 5 minutes. Played back at 24fps. RAW color corrected version to follow if motivated.

Green Tea Pot

A short video which I shot and edited in a half of a day. Stills shot using EOS Utility PC Intervalometer. Camera was set to shoot a frame each 5 seconds - total amount of frames used is about 300.


camera: Canon EOS 550D, 50mm f/1.8 II lens, edit: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, music: The Cinematic Orchestra - Familiar Ground
- creamywhite.studios 2010

Water Carnival

I snuck onto a private wharf to film this time lapse on the last day of the Gosford water front carnival. It was the second night in a row I had sat on the wharf. The previous night the time-lapse didn't work because of equipment problems. I was a bit worried about being caught on the wharf but as I was leaving I almost tripped over a fisherman sitting in the dark. "Catch anything" he asked.


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Three common methods of transportation which at times can be chaotic, and when the motion is sped up it seems even more chaotic.


Camera set to manual, 100 or 160 iso, continuous shooting mode at 1/8 or 1/4 second with ND filters. Image quality settings Large Fine JPG's (4368x2912) or Small Fine JPG's (2496x1664) depending on any post production zooming and panning I might be interested in. Video rendered to HDV 1080 30p. Canon 5D camera, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L lens, Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, Phottix TR-80 remote, External 6 cell AA battery pack, Cokin P154 Grey ND 8x filters, Velbon Sherpa 200R tripod. Music: Constancy Part Two by Kevin MacLeod

Red Roses Rebirth

Camera: Canon XSi with Takumar 28mm lens. Exposure: 1 Frame every 10 minutes for seven days. Music Licensed Through Pond5.


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