You know 215 Timelapse for our timelapse videos, of course, but we also take on the occasional on-site shoot. We’re no stranger to the University of Pennsylvania campus and returned this past July to shoot a “topping off” ceremony for the new Amy Gutmann Hall. This traditional construction milestone celebrates the installation of a ceremonial “final piece”—even if the building isn’t quite ready for use yet.
An on-site shoot requires more advance preparation than usual. In timelapse, I can omit a frame among thousands without interrupting the footage. With live events, however, there are no retakes, and editing around mistakes is more difficult. 215 Timelapse scouted the location and met with Penn’s event crew to determine a schedule and setup before the big day.