Incredible “I Left My Heart” Timelapse – 5D MkIII + eMotimo TB3 + Stage 1 & 0

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Marc Donahue has sent in his latest project, “I Left My Heart” – which features sequences with the eMotimo TB3 and the Dynamic Perception Stage 1 as well as Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras of course.

This time, there's also a very nice behind-the-scenes video showing some the background details and introduces you to the team.

They're doing some pretty cool stuff in this video including some very long travel-lapses in downtown San Francisco.

Not to mention the long timelapses and how they're using the repeatable moves of the eMotimo TB3 to be able to merge daylight and nighttime shots of the same scene to make very seamless transitions. They look very cool!

We've featured Marc and his team before – including this cool goPro vid: “Creating Cool Streaks of Glowing Drumsticks – A GoPro Video

“I Left My Heart” SF Timelapse Project

Directed, Filmed & Edited – Marc Donahue


I was truly inspired by the song I left my heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett. I already had a passion for time-lapse and of course, the beautiful landscape that is SF. Thinking on how to approach a new project I decided it was best to collaborate with Dredg, a band that I had grown up with and admired. Dredg was equally excited about the prospect of covering one of the best classic songs of our time and morphing it into something artistic and new.

We primarily used the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which has served as an amazing product for our projects.

To capture unique movement within our shots we used Dynamic Perception's Stage 0 and the Stage 1 accompanied with Emotimo's TB3 Black Pan & Tilt System. With the backing of these two companies we were able to successfully capture our vision within each composition.

And of course, what is a project from PermaGrin Films without using our GoPro armada. As we ran around the streets of San Francisco guerrilla style, GoPro's served as an excellent behind-the-scenes tool to show off our techniques. You can find these videos on our instagram –

“I Left My Heart” SF Timelapse Behind The Scenes

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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