Foster the People mural

Foster The People

Here’s a little promo film for the band Foster The People. I shot the timelapse, added a bit of GoPro action, and did the edit.

Foster The People, who had the massive hit ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ in 2011, and their label Columbia Records (Sony Music Entertainment) have been commissioning murals to promote their new album, Supermodel. They created a huge one in L.A., which as I understand it took twelve days, and was timelapse filmed from many different angles. It’s really a great film, which generated A LOT of views, I’d suggest you seek it out.

So when Naked Noise were asked to shoot a similar mural in Shoreditch, London, but on a smaller scale, with much less time (just a few hours), we had to find a way to make this one unique. It had to stand out in some way against the L.A. mural timelapse. I’m happy to say I think we achieved it. Our film, helped along by a great track from the band, has a positive, people-centric vibe. It’s about the area, the people, the artists.

Check out everyone involved:

Foster The People official website

Graffiti Life website

Naked Noise website






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Timelapse photography is becoming easier and easier, and ever more popular. It’s moved into TV in a big way. Breaking Bad for example had a lot of timelapse shots. In the early seasons these where actually pretty low spec, quite flickery for example, but they really improved them a lot as the show progressed. I also see them pop up a lot as GVs in Obs Docs here in the UK, and quite often they look like they’ve been shot with a GoPro.

For really good results you generally require a decent stills camera, intervalometer, tripod, and a whole host of tricks both in shooting and in post. But now GoPro cameras and most of the other mini cams have easy timelapse modes. I even have a fairly decent iPhone app that shoots timelapse sequences, and even compiles them for you. Continue reading

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Homemade iPhone macro adapter


I stumbled across a great instructable the other day telling you how to create a macro adapter for your iPhone (or whatever smartphone you’ve got). I remember seeing something similar years ago, which said you could take the little lens that focuses the laser in a DVD player and stick that to your phone. I didn’t have an old DVD player at the time so I never got round to trying it. I doubt the same trick would work with today’s phone cameras, as back then the lenses and sensors must have been much smaller.

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