Breathtaking New Time-Lapse Short WANDERMENT with 3D Printed MoCo Dolly

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Doug Urquhart at Upthink produces another brilliant time-lapse short film — and does it with a 3D printed motion control dolly. Smack!

Jaw dropping landscapes; gobsmackingly smooth motion control and exposure across day and night (above AND below the water line); and perfectly timed and considered musical edits leave me at a loss for words.

And that Doug chose to close with a John Muir quote (“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”) leaves me grinning like a schoolboy from ear-to-ear.

Truly beautiful, Doug. Thank you.

Oh, one more thing: Doug tells us that most of the sequences were captured using a 3D printed motion control dolly, and has generously supplied us a link to the latest design – free.


Via Vimeo Description:

Best Viewed in Full Screen (with scaling turned off)

From meandering streams and forest-dwelling organisms to the grandeur of high mountains above tree-line, this short film wanders through the contrasting wilderness of Alaska, North Carolina, Georgia and California.

WANDERMENT is the result of a 12-month collection of 4K time-lapse sequences captured while backpacking. Countless miles of hiking in the Appalachian Mountains and adventurous backpacking in California and Alaska provided no shortage of opportunity to capture the planet’s poetry in motion. Further juxtaposing these contrasting landscapes is the use of both color and black and white techniques throughout the film. Each time-lapse sequence, comprised of hundreds of still images, represents a chance to share these reflective moments far away from urban epicenters. It offers a simple reminder to step outside with your friends and family to experience and respect nature first-hand.

Produced by The Upthink Lab [Atlanta, Georgia] –
Cinematography & Direction by Doug Urquhart
In-studio Funghi Cinematography by Doug Urquhart and Erik Huber
Film Score by Curtis Schweitzer –
Color Correction & Editing by Doug Urquhart

High five to all my friends who shared the path less traveled and hauled extra equipment along the way:
Karen Urquhart, Guy Thorsby, Chris McClure, Greg Gunter

A majority of this film was shot using a 3D printed motion control dolly by Doug Urquhart. For more info about printing your own version of this dolly, check out:

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Follow along:
Mycology Support by Steven Bell, @

Special Thanks to:
Erik Huber, Brad Ballard and Sweetwater Creek State Park, Meghan J. Ward, Jim & Margi Urquhart, Brian Burling, Jay Burlage, Fred Beal, K2 Aviation, Seward Helicopters, Rylan Hayes, Instructables, Ultimaker, Shapeways, i Materialise, Joe Stock and Dan Oberlatz

Equipment used: Canon 6D, Canon 5D3, Canon T3i running Magic Lantern (3+ month solarCam, underwater control), Samyang Cine Primes (14,24,35,85), Canon 70-200, eMotimo TB3, Dynamic Perception Stage Zero & One, Custom 3D printed motion control gear (powered by eMotimo code) to reduce weight for backpacking, custom focus stacking technique via Dragon Frame (we hope to see this as a real feature in a future release), Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, LRTimelapse, and quality gear from Western Mountaineering, REI, The North Face and Outdoor Research.

For licensing inquires, please contact doug -at-


Ultralight PET Timelapse Motion Control Dolly

3D Printed Motion Control Dolly

A rigid, ultra-light and easy to use motion control solution for time-lapse photographers looking to lighten their load for backcountry shooting endeavors.

Ultralight - 3D Printed Motion Control Dolly

The best way to control this unit is through the eMotimo TB3. In my case, I gutted my TB3 and made an enclosure for the electronics. You might be better off using the TB3 in it's stock configuration to turn this into a 3-axis system. The TB3 is by far the best motion control solution for affordable time-lapse. The firmware and user interface is intuitive and incredibly powerful. It offers power saving features that are optimized for use with my custom worm drive.

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You can multiply the amount of usage from a single battery by about 10x with the worm drive and eMotimo power save mode. While doing so, you will still be able to do full vertical moves with the motor powering down between shots. This is impossible with any of the planetary geared motors available. The worm drive solves this problem and opens up some additional flexibility like the quick disconnect “sliding” worm mount. This allows you to disconnect the worm drive (without removing it) in a matter of seconds. Once disconnected, you can freely move the cart to reposition or shoot video moves. The base motor mount is also compatible with the planetary geared steppers.

Easy belt tensioning with a sliding belt block.

The mini-legs inspired by Dynamic Perception for low shooting angles. If ultra-light is not a requirement for your shooting needs, I highly recommend investing in the aluminum legs from Dynamic Perception.

See full info about the Ultralight PET Timelapse Motion Control Dolly

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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