Tomorrowland 2013 through the eyes of a hyperlapse photographer

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Abraham Joffe sent us this incredible ‘hyperlapse' video shot by a friend of his, Matthew Vandeputte — after watching, I had to ask a few questions of Matthew and he was kind enough to reply. So, please watch the video and then scroll down to see some of the “how to” info.

Tomorrowland 2013 Hyperlapse

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Have a look at Tomorrowland 2013 through the eyes of a hyperlapse photographer.

From Matthew Vandeputte:

For the second year in a row I was asked by Epic Cinema to capture the best festival in the world through motion timelapse photography. This is a compilation of my finest shots.

I took over 13000 photos in the 4 days I was working there and spent countless hours stabilising the footage in post-production.

Questions and answers:

Q: How do you accomplish these long timelapse moves?
The long moves are achieved by planning out the movement I'll be making and doing a quick test-run to check on-camera if it looks good.

After that it's calculating the number of steps and time needed/interval settings to manually move the camera with tripod.

During the shoot you need to keep a very steady frame, the steadier the frame the easier after effects can do the rest of the stabilisation!

Every sequence needs a different amount of stabilisation, there's not one fixed formula so it's very time consuming.

Q: it seems very complicated (maybe too much for my feeble brain LOL).

It's complicated in the sense that it's requires a lot of preparation. After that it's basically timelapsing on the move!

Q: So you're using a tripod to move around? Ever use a monopod or is that too unstable?
I use a tripod, or a bodymount, or a monopod, or go full manual depending on the terrain. I used all the different techniques for the tomorrowland shoot as it was so diverse.

Q: Do you use something like warp stabilizer in post to make things motionless?
The warp stabiliser in after effects definitely is a big part of my workflow, although I've known other people to use different stabilisers. For me the one in AE works best!


I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an external intervalometer (and a Canon 600D with Magic Lantern Unified for a few extra shots) to shoot RAW photos using a modified bodymount. In total I shot 12814 photos to create 41 sequences, 7 of which were used in the Official Tomorrowland Aftermovie.

Image editing was done in Lightroom 5 on a Macbook Pro with external drives.
Prores files were made from the adjusted RAW frames in After Effects CC.

I used Final Cut Pro X to edit and export the Ultra HD sequence.

The 4K Ultra HD version can be seen HERE

All footage shot by Matthew Vandeputte

Music: The Glitch Mob – Dream within a dream

Check out Matthew's other hyperlapse and timelapse videos

About Matthew Vandeputte

Tomorrowland 2013 Hyperlapse_Matthew Vandeputte

My name is Matthew. I'm a film editor and hyperlapse photographer. I take small steps and make big movies.

In 2012 I graduated at the RITS School of Arts in Brussels, Belgium. I earned my bachelor's degree by editing Jeroen Broeckx' documentary “30 kuub” which won the VAF Wildcard, was featured at the International Shortfilm Festival Docville Leuven and got screened at the Cannes Filmfestival.

Several years ago I developed a passion for motion timelapse photography, which evolved into Hyperlapse Photography.

I created the Hyperlapse sequences for the Tomorrowland 2012 and 2013 Official Aftermovies, as well as for several other clients across the globe.

Today I'm working on several different projects in and around Sydney.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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