“Timescapes”: a new movie

June 7, 2012 • 11:00 am

A new movie of time-lapse scenes, TimeScapes: Rapture 4K, has just appeared and is available for purchase. Matthew Cobb called my attention to this preview, which will surely give you an eyegasm. If anybody has seen it, do report back.

A bit about the movie from its website:

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.

. . . 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 [sic] photography on “TimeScapes”, Lowe won the Astronomy Photographer of the year award in 2011, with the image [below], ‘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.

Here’s the trailer; be sure to enlarge it!:

And the prize-winning photo:

You can buy the movie here.

17 thoughts on ““Timescapes”: a new movie

  1. How amazing to watch the stars pass by. Despite learning about the solar system and intellectually knowing better, deep down I generally consider the sky to be fixed in place. The time lapse perspective difference is just mind blowing.

  2. Thanks for this Jerry.

    Of course, any film in this genre has its roots well-planted in the Godfrey Reggio, post-Earth Day I documentary Koyaanisqatsi (1982: photographed by Ron Fricke, w/music by Philip Glass).

    “ko.yaa.nis.qatsi, n. (Hopi). 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life disintegrating. 4. life out of balance. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.”

    The first of this trilogy of image-over-words ecostatements is available from any source including your public library. But also online:

    Here the original trailer:


    1. Yes, I immediately thought of Koyaanisquatsi while watching the trailer. Ugh. I think I’d have a seizure if I saw this any bigger. The still photo of the stars and bristlecone is lovely, though.

  3. I have watched the full movie and it is stunningly beautifully to the point of making my eyes water (yes tears). The sound track is just as beautiful

  4. Just bought a Blue-Ray version – after which you can download a complimentary version for your computer (pick one of several different resolutions).

  5. I bought the BluRay and downloaded the 1080p video to my PC, which has a 24″ monitor. Beautiful videography, it has some of the same awe inspiring effect as a trip to a beautiful cathedral. Looking forward to seeing the video on my 65″ HDTV when the BluRay arrives.

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