TimeScapes is the debut film from award-winning cinematographer and
director Tom Lowe. The film features stunning slow-motion and
timelapse cinematography of the landscapes, people, and wildlife of
the American South West. Lowe spent 2 years roaming the Southwest in
his Toyota pickup truck shooting the film.
TimeScapes was shot, edited and color-graded at 4K resolution (4096 x 2304 pixels).
It is the world's first movie
to be sold to the public as a 4K file. More about 4k
It is also available as a 2560 x 1440 30-inch monitor ready download
, on DVD and Blu-Ray, and 480p, 720p, and 1080p downloads.
For Tom, timelapse started out as a hobby. Braving the conditions, he
would camp out in places such as Yosemite, or Joshua Tree National
Park, shooting the night sky, then editing the footage and uploading
short films to Vimeo.com. People started to take notice, with some of
his Vimeo videos racking up hundreds of thousands of views.
Simultaneously, Lowe launched the Timescapes.org forum, the largest community
of timelapse shooters on the internet, which has grown to over 5,000
This led to a chance encounter on the internet with New Zealand
composer and entrepreneur Nigel “John” Stanford. After a brief email
conversation, “TimeScapes” the movie was born, with Stanford agreeing
to fund the movie and provide Tom with a 4K Red MX digital cinema
camera, while Canon USA sponsored the film by providing Lowe with 5.6K
5D Mark II DSLRs and lenses.
Production involved many hardships. Tom slept outdoors for 250 nights,
sleeping on cots (without tents) under the stars next to his camera,
while timelapse was being captured. During the middle of principle
photography on “TimeScapes”, Lowe won the Astronomy Photographer of
the year award in 2011, with the above image, 'Blazing Bristlecone' -
featuring a 4,000-year-old bristlecone pine tree against the Milky
Way. Unbeknownst to the judges, the photo was actually just one frame
of a time-lapse movie, which is featured in “TimeScapes”, the movie.
During production, two trailers
were released, which went on to gather
over 3 million views.
TimeScapes was shot in 5K resolution on Red Epic and Canon DLSR cameras, edited in 4K in Adobe Premiere and After
Effects, and graded at 16-bit 4K at Light Iron Hollywood on a Quantel Pablo system, by colorist Ian Vertovec (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”,“Social Network”).