For the past two years (2017-2019), I have been quietly working on a Toronto time-lapse video, capturing the city in all four seasons. What initiated me to kickstart this project was that I wanted to show my appreciation for this city. Filled with amazing people, culture, food, sport, and art, I knew the best way for me to express and showcase this is by doing what I love - creating visuals.
Booking a condo with a view of the Rogers Dome was kind of tough. I had to book on a date when the Blue Jays are playing and also check the weather forecast because the dome only opens on good weather. Condos with amazing views usually get booked up fast.
Eventually, I was able to find a day to capture the dome open and close. I was happy when I found out that my Rogers Dome closing time-lapse was featured on BlogTo and Explore Canada.
AIRBNB CONDO NEAR SCOTIABANK ARENA
Same as booking an Airbnb condo near the Rogers Dome, I needed to find the perfect date to book a condo near the Scotiabank arena when the Raptors or Maple Leafs are playing to get a timelapse of the spot lights (turned on) and the Scotiabank Arena.
I decided to sleep at this Airbnb condo overnight to get a sunrise timelapse.
REAL ESTATE AGENT CONDO VIEW
I was able to find one real estate agent who gave me access to an 81st-floor condo unit at Bloor One to capture a sunset time-lapse.
MY FRIEND’S CONDO VIEW
I was lucky enough to be given access to two of my friend’s condo, which had a beautiful high view of the skyline + Gooderham building, and Dundas Square. These two condo views helped me with transitioning from one different view to another in my video.
TURO CONDO VIEW
I’ve rented out a car through Turo many times, but this was the first time that it gave me access to the rooftop patio.
ROOFTOP PATIO VIEW
This view was on the 51st floor of 180 restaurants where I did a cool 180 motion panning time-lapse from this view. I also had to buy lunch since I ended up staying there for 2 hours to capture a timelapse.
I went on a flight with FlyGTA and Maurice to try to do a hyper-lapse on the flight tour. I’ve also invited my friend Nicole to capture some video footages as well so that I can add it into the video afterward. In the end, I’ve managed to get a few seconds of hyper-lapse, which I shot handheld.
There are some cool exhibition and art installation events that happen once and may never happen again in Toronto. When I heard about Less Is More, Waterlicht, and Unzipped installations, I knew I had to capture a timelapse of these events.
HAPPY PLACE TIMELAPSE
Happy Place was a temporary pop-up art installation touring different cities around the world. The installation is famous for being used in a music video called Marshmello & Anne-Marie - FRIENDS. I thought it would be a cool idea to do an engagement shoot at this art installation before it closes, so I decided to do a free photoshoot giveaway. On the day of the shoot, I told the couples about my timelapse idea and they thought it was a cool idea and we made it happen.
Happy Place saw my timelapse video and reposted it on their Instagram story.
RELEASING THE VIDEO TO THE PUBLIC
After finally posting the video on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube), the Timelapse video quickly got a lot of views, comments, and shares. The video has been seen more than 10,000 times online (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube).
The CN Tower noticed my Toronto Timelapse video and reached out to me to acquire an exclusive license of a 20-second footage from the video. They also hired me to timelapse their 360 Restaurant. The timelapse can be seen on the Front St. Digital Gateway Sign.
In 71 days I shot 18770 Photos taking up 2 TB of my hard drive. I started capturing timelapses of Toronto back in the summer of 2017, and the 71 days of capturing timelapses were spread out within 2 years since I was also busy with other projects (freelance, weddings, personal). The editing started in mid-March 2019, and it took me 1 week (35-40 hours) to complete the final product.