Magicians use misdirection to draw the audience’s attention away from changes happening elsewhere. Films like 1917 and Birdman employed similar visual tricks by disguising breaks in footage to simulate a single, uninterrupted take. Likewise, the hyperlapse I created for the installation of the Wind Creek sign in Bethlehem, PA, was carefully captured to simulate a continuous shot that “panned” around the old Bethlehem Steel ore crane as the sign was erected.
When creating regular timelapses, I capture each set of frames from one vantage point, at set intervals, to show changes in both subject and environment. In the original timelapse, variations in the surroundings make it clear that the installation was not completed in one day.