Category Archives: Time-lapse

Republic Services Roosevelt: Generating Power from Refuse

I have recently spent some time with Bullseye Creative, an ad agency in Seattle, working to produce some internal and promotional media for a few facilities run by Republic Services, a national waste-management company. This facility in Roosevelt, WA is fascinating: while essentially a landfill, they capture the methane gas produced by the waste and produce over 20 MW of energy, which powers most of the region and has an excess that is sent to California.

The facility is beautiful and looks fairly pristine, and is as clean and green as waste management comes. My favorite aspect: rather than use poison or guns to control their seagull population, they have an on-site falconer. More to come as additional pieces are finished!

Timelapse for Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed used one of my timelapses for their latest YouTube video, “The Science of Being a Teenager.” My clip starts around 0:35 and is also the final shot. They made a great video, check it out!

Garrett Gibbons Demo Reel 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my demo reel. Maybe I was just waiting for the right musical inspiration? This one is long – just over four minutes – but I also made a 90-second sizzle reel for those with less interest or shorter attention spans. Thanks for watching! It’s been an amazing last few years.

Here’s the full-length version, set to “On Saturnalia Eve” by RA Scion (feat. Blake Lewis):

Also, the 90-second version, set to “Woodwalker” by RA Scion (feat. Mark Shirtz):

Walking through Machu Picchu

I was fortunate enough to visit Machu Picchu with my wife last September, where we took photos and filmed video footage for Destination Peru a travel agency and tour service based in nearby Cusco, Peru. You can view some of the photos from Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in this gallery.
Guard Tower Machu Picchu

I filmed a ton of steadicam footage while I was there, walking through the ruins and trails, and I thought that the nearly-raw footage might be useful to future travelers who are trying to get an idea of what the terrain is like and what they can expect. Here is a piece I put together with composer Richard Williams:

Also, here’s the walkthrough of Machu Picchu:

Here’s a walkthrough of the hike from Machu Picchu to the top of Huayna Picchu (the peak that we see so prominently behind the ruins):

Commercial Time-Lapse Photography in Gibraltar

During November and December of 2012, I had the pleasure to film several weeks of construction time-lapse in Gibraltar for SoEnergy International (formerly Energy International). The time-lapse footage was included in the following piece, produced by Roar Media in Miami, FL.

Here’s a version with an added voiceover and project overview:

When a casual viewer sees something like this, they may assume that there was a large crew involved with the production, and that they were able to operate in sterile, controlled environments. In reality, the story behind the time-lapse is far more interesting.
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Garrett Gibbons – Director, Editor, Photographer – Demo Reel 2013

I’ve updated my demo reel! It has a bunch of projects I’ve done since my last reel (plus a few old clips that never made it into any previous reel). Enjoy it and let me know what you think!

Mount Rainier Sunset Timelapse

Mount Rainier on Jan 22, 2011. Combined from 600+ images taken  with a Canon 7D on manual exposure settings, every 3 seconds using an intervalometer.

The RAW image data was used to create 3 separate exposure/tone-mapped sequences (one calibrated for each of the beginning, middle and end of the sequence).

Those sequences were combined with varying levels of opacity to more accurately re-create the imagery as the eye sees it. (Without the 3-exposure bracketing the image would have begun so bright that the mountain wouldn’t be visible, then moved to the middle as it is here, then gotten dark too quickly to see anything.)

33 miles in 2.5 minutes (Chilly Hilly 2010)

My obsession with time-lapse film continues.

This morning, thousands of cyclists from around the United States came to ride the 33 mile loop around Bainbridge Island known as the Chilly Hilly. I got a few hours of filming in before church, then grabbed Dylan after church for a few more hours of filming while Jill rested.

My favorite shot is featured in the video thumbnail: hundreds of cyclists on Baker Hill Road at once, weaving past each other in accelerated time. The scale of the cyclists is insect-like when viewing all of Baker Hill at once.

Music by Chopin and Prokofiev. Photography by Garrett Gibbons.

Cookies Time-lapse

We’ve moved into our new apartment and the kitchen is so beautiful that I wanted to film some baking footage last night while Jill made cookies. The result? Drama, cookies, and time-lapse!

Garrett’s Demo Reel 2009

I’ve had a little extra time to brush up my demo reel and put something together to show what I’ve been working on for the last year or so. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback through Twitter and Facebook, so if anyone has anything to say, please pitch in!