sensational timelapse / final cut pro music video you’ve got to see

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Continually on the hunt, this morning while preparing a FCPX story, we found this exceptional timelapse sequence that was combined with some slick Final Cut Pro editing. The story “André Chocron produces this amazing animated timelapse video for the band Cold Mailman and a Norwegian development agency” details how André created this stunning video – shooting timelapses over 2 weeks, but taking 3 months to create the final edit. It was shot on Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D300.

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The video

Cold mailman – Time is of the essence from André Chocron on Vimeo.

Official music video for Cold Mailman – “Time is of the essence”. This is a shortened version of the song. The original song is available on their critically acclaimed second album “Relax; the mountain will come to you” . For more info about Cold Mailman, visit​

Director and animator: André Chocron
Director of photography: Audun Magnæs
Colorist: Camilla Holst Vea at Storyline Studios
Conform: Raymond Gangstad

Haugenstua brl
Vestlitoppen brl
Tveita brl
Solfjellet brl
Ammerudlia brl

Supported by Groruddalssatsningen:​

Thank you:
Roy Tjomsland, Hallvar Witzø, Raymond Gangstad, Johannes Dahl, Kari Andresen, Jon Erik Berger, Gunnar Paulsen, Veronica Skaret

The BTS info

The guys at <a href="André Chocron produces this amazing animated timelapse video for the band Cold Mailman and a Norwegian development agency“>FCP.CO that posted the story got background info from André:

“The process was pretty much this: We shot timelapse from early evening to the middle of the night, with most of the apartments illuminated for the first couple of hours and most of the apartments dark for the last couple of hours. I used the darkest part as the foundation for the individual sequences, and masked out all windows that were still lit, so that all windows were dark.

Next I made an individual layer for each window with lights on, by using the footage from the early evening. I organized them by creating a masterclip for each window, giving them sequential names and putting them in a grid.
I then put these individual clips on top of the sequence with dark windows to animate the lights going on and off.

PS I used the 4-point-mask, that took some patience….”

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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Daniel Gallenkamp D.o.P.- N.S.C.
Daniel Gallenkamp D.o.P.- N.S.C.

Just wondering... did Andre Chocron see this video-clip? "Squaring the Triangle" shot and shaved in september 2010... similar concept of using lights in buildings.... Very similar... Did Andre get inspired by it, copied the idea or is it just a coincidence....? Daniel Gallenkamp

Bret Douglas
Bret Douglas

Maybe if he'd used Premiere Pro it wouldn't have taken him 3 months to edit?

Charles O. Slavens
Charles O. Slavens

This is not a "time lapse" sequence. It IS, however, a very clever "editing to music" exercise. And, knowing that, it quickly becomes redundant and boring. Sorry... too much of a stretch fur me.


i appreciate it, its a lot of vfx work but after about 30 seconds i did get bored watching those 3 buildings. the environments didnt really do it for me. but well done fellas, i feel the pain of the edit!


Beautiful! Excellent idea and editing, patience... Take the time to watch it... do not hurry,,,