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Spike Open time-lapse

This was an experiment to see what a time-lapse would look like from a handheld camera while walking round a building. In this example – Spike Island.

The answer depends on whether you like the shaky footage. It also requires a lot of editing for this kind of video – the turning and going in and out of rooms, seeing lots of different things confuses the brain. I kept some in, but most had to be cut.

I used a GoPro camera holding it by my leg. At 1 frame per second I had to turn corners slowly – like panning a wall of pictures.


I thought the camera was fairly inconspicuous, and I really didn’t think anyone would look at it, but looking at the footage, numerous people glanced straight at the camera. I’ve cut them all out, but two made the cut:


You got me.

There are four places where I reversed the footage. I had to lengthen Kittens in a Basket by going forwards, then back, then forwards. The other three were going into a room, then using the same footage going out because, turning round then exiting forward was too confusing. Two of these below.


Walking down corridors and slowly rotating was easy to decipher. However, I could have done without including my leg or head.


In conclusion, yes, I think it works if you film/photograph it by travelling the smoothest line; turning corners slowly; stopping to point in one direction, or slowly pan/dolly/rotate; mixing the footage with fixed time-lapse shots, although I didn’t like to end on a fixed shot – I thought of shaking the credits à la Roobarb and Custard!

You can read more information on the Spike Open here.

The exhibition by Andy Holden Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity 1999-2003 (MI!MS) ends on 29th June.