An Itinerary for Capturing Timelapse Footage in Pittsburgh, PA
Some shoots have weeks of planning while others have days or only hours. I came into work on a Wednesday and at 3PM Chad told me about a project we had which required a few shots from Pittsburgh, PA. One of the shots included a sunrise timelapse on a Friday, which means I needed to be in Pittsburgh Thursday. Here’s a video including some of the stuff I captured.
Anyway, in order to show what an itinerary would look like when capturing some timelapse footage, I wanted to put everything into a table. Here’s what my itinerary looked like for the production in Pittsburgh, PA:
Get called in to the boss’s office. Go over project, what we have already done and what we need. Get a rough shot list started and gear list.
Get concrete shot list with times and estimated sun position. Have detailed gear list. Begin contacting friends in the area to hopefully get a Pittsburgh Ambassador.
Check in with Chad to make sure we are good to go. Have an outline for the next day of getting everything together. Let the finace know I will be in her city.
Pack lots of warm clothes, my own gear that I want and get $40 cash out of the bank (it is always a great idea to have cash in the city).
Go over all the details and have a final shot list. Confirm that my point of contact (college buddy) is 100% a go for tomorrow. Verify where to get coffee.
Make last minute changes, scope out driving routes and all parking (knowing that this may all change again)
Get on the road and beat traffic (somewhat successful)
Get in Pittsburgh. Have dinner with the fiance. Set alarm for 6:00am and try to get some sleep.
Try to eat something. Have the fiance pack food. Get to my location.
Miss a turn. Miss another turn. Stress that I will miss the sunset.
Get to Mt Washington in plenty of time. Scout best set up location. Find best location.
Get A camera on tripod, set settings and begin timelapse. Set up GoPro for timelapse. Set it and forget it. Set up B camera and see where other timelapses will be good.
Enjoy a cloudy sunrise and begin to think of plan B (no sun). Take iphone pictures of setup and landscape. Send to work, friends and family.
Friend is running late, no worries. Begin to wonder why I didn’t dress warmer and wishing I had thick socks on.
Realize sun isn’t coming out. Change point of focus to clouds.
Friend shows up. Hugs. No coffee. Take away the hugs.
Set up car for the car mounted shots. Wonder why my boss is letting me do this. Drove around the city and through Fort Pitt Tunnel.
Set up final timelapse. Scouted locations for lunch.
Wrapped. Realized I had only 6 miles left until empty. Found gas and made it home safely and with some good footage.
Alisa Vossen is the Vice President of Accounts and Production at 522. She has a long history in video production in the Washington, D.C. area before coming to 522. Alisa’s abilities to match customer service and pair them with a client’s needs has been a driving factor into the growth at 522. She is a mother to two lovely daughters and wife to her husband, Chad. Outside of work Alisa is a lover of wine, chocolate, and cooking, a wannabe yogi, and a huge fan of Notre Dame football.
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