Building a 3-Storey House: A Timelapse Adventure pt. 1

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Easy does it! Scaling the rickety looking scaffolding to set up our cameras.

Easy does it! Scaling the rickety looking scaffolding to set up our cameras.

What in the world are we doing perched high up on a rickety scaffolding, risking life and limb, under the scorching sun, in the middle of the day?

We’re scouting the location before shooting a timelapse film of the construction of a premium 3 story semi-detached house in the heart of Petaling Jaya. The rickety platform? That’s the developer’s idea for getting putting us at the top floor of the soon to be completed house.

Our client Julian tells our videographer Sai Bee the bad news. See that lean mean platform out there? Start climbing!

Our client Julian tells our videographer Sai Bee the bad news. See that lean mean platform out there? Start climbing!

Aren’t we afraid of heights? Most definitely, we all are. But when our client Julian, the Managing Director of Primedia went clambering hands over heels up to the top, we made it a point to keep him company! Way up there, we will be deploying 2 HDSLRs to film the construction. We’ll set up a Panasonic GH1 and a Canon 550D. Since it took just a gust of wind to sway the scaffolding, the construction crew will be adding more platforms to keep it stable.

Gingerly, Baron and Sai Bee set up the cameras: Panasonic GH1 and Canon EOS 550D.

Gingerly, Baron and Sai Bee set up the cameras: Panasonic GH1 and Canon EOS 550D.

The greatest challenge of shooting a daytime timelapse in this climate is the irregular cloud cover. The scene could be overcast with clouds in one instant and sunny the next, throwing anything white or grey off the exposure charts.

Pureen, Sai Bee & Kana observe the sky: Overcast for a moment, bright & sunny the next- challenging for timelapse.

Pureen, Sai Bee & Kana observe the sky: Overcast for a moment, bright & sunny the next- challenging for timelapse.

We’ll update you with more pics and videos as our adventures unfold. Enjoy some of the timelapse research we did to prepare for this eventuality.