A Big City Made Small – Miniature Melbourne Timelapse

Nathan Kaso is a young talented photographer based in Melbourne Australia. His work has been featured on Vimeo before but his latest short, Miniature Melbourne is simply incredible to watch.

Ten months of filming various events held in Melbourne were portrayed through Nathan’s mastered tilt shift technique.  The end result is extremely convincing. I watched as people wandered the streets like ants, miniaturised by the toy like buildings and cars. The crowds of people seemed like clichés in a Sim City game as they moved back and forth lost in their own miniature world. I also was drawn in by the remarkable soundtrack, Reflections by Tom Day which accompanied the beautiful images.

It’s amazing to think this film was shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The lenses used were standard L series lenses; 17-40mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L and the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM. Digital SLR’s have certainly come along way but it just goes to show you don’t always need the latest high specked camera to film award-winning work.

After watching I knew I had to get in touch with Nathan to ask him a few questions about his passion for filming so I sent off a few questions for him to answer:

Leigh Diprose: 
Being an avid photographer what made you decided to head into video and timelapse?
Nathan Kaso:
I have always been a big fan of landscape timelapses and video, particularly the work of Michael Fletcher. In 2011 I was finally able to upgrade to a Canon 5D Mark II and began experimenting with these techniques.
Leigh Diprose:
Was it easy shooting, editing and producing Miniature Melbourne? Did you come across any challenges?
Nathan Kaso:
There were two main challenges in making this film. To create a realistic miniature effect I needed to shoot from a high angle, so finding appropriate locations for the different events was something that took some research. As with all landscape work, the weather forecast would often dictate where and when I was able to shoot. Clear skies were key in creating the right look and feel so it was a matter of being patient and waiting for mother nature to present opportunities.
Leigh Diprose:
How did you master your video skills?
Nathan Kaso:
I worked as a video camera operator and editor while studying at university. Since then I have worked in design, animation, motion graphics and video production which have all helped develop my skills in editing, as well as processing images and streamlining my workflow. With this experience I have become very proficient with a range of creative software and am now able to execute my ideas much more efficiently.
Leigh Diprose:
If you could give advice to anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps what would it be?
Nathan Kaso:
The internet is a great source of inspiration and knowledge on techniques, but I find the best way to learn new skills and develop your style is to experiment yourself. People often ask me what settings I use and how I create a certain style, but the best way to learn is to go out and try it for yourself.
Leigh Diprose:
What editing software do you recommend for timelapse and what are some of the advantages of using the software?
Nathan Kaso:
For this film I used Photoshop to process each image as this software has the best tilt-shift effect. I would record and action for each shot then batch process the remaining images for each clip. I edited the film in Premiere Pro. I also use a program called LRTimelapse for creating smooth day to night/night to day sequences. This software works with the image metadata and Lightroom to transition the changing light in a scene into a smooth shot

Nathan’s still photography can be found on 500x or on his Flickr page.


 

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