For a filmmaker, there’s probably no greater creative achievement than putting your own stamp on a technique. Rob Whitworth accomplished this with flow motion, a unique blend of timelapse and hyperlapse filmmaking that’s equal parts dizzying and dazzling.
Whitworth describes flow motion as filmmaking that takes the viewer on “an impossible
journey.” It’s a technique he has employed for the BBC’s Planet Earth II and a host of marquee
clients like Netflix, McDonald’s and Nike.
For a recent project commissioned by Nikon, Whit worth created a flow motion visual narrative
that follows a woman’s journey through Tokyo, Japan. The 2-minute, 39-second “Tokyo Seamless”
video was created from 100,000 (count ’em) still images recorded with four Nikon Z 7 mirrorless
cameras. He admits that it was a daunting process, but it’s one that every filmmaker can learn
from. Here’s how he did it.
Whitworth walks us
through the creation
of a dazzling 8K
by GREG SCOBLETE