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The Lion City

The Lion City

A Singapore Time lapse.

Keith Loutit ( based in Singapore): | |
More info below.

Big thanks to Michael Adler Miltersen for composing the arrangement and sound design for this film!

Music by Sepia Productions
Sound design by Sepia Productions |

For ‘The Lion City’, the idea behind the extension of the tilt shift technique is for focus and distance to be something the viewer can experience. It also doubles to communicate the constant heat and humidity that hits you whenever you leave the comfort of air conditioning in Singapore.

Shooting info at:

Thanks to the following people who helped with this film:

Yan Szu Ong, Singapore National Parks Board;
April Tan, Juliana Tan, Irin Lin & Belle Tan – Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority;
Cheryl Ng, The Ritz Carlton Millennia Singapore;
Jing Han Foo, Singapore Housing & Development Board;
Fulvia Wong, Singapore Flyer;
Ong Jun Wei, National Day 2011;
Steven Tan, Shaw Organisation;
David Phan, P&G Photographic.

Cast: Keith Loutit and Sepia Productions



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Venturing on a short TimeLapse journey to the Kalahari – South Africa, I was on a mission to put the Shukuma dolly to the test. This was the first time that I would actually do a full-on shoot with the Shukuma dolly, testing out all the features and functions. I would also get to shoot on the joined 3m rail. On top of this, I had the opportunity to use the Merlin Telescope Head for the first time and I was really excited about the shots I wanted to get.

After arriving fairly late in the afternoon with only two and a half days of shooting, no time was wasted to start setting up for the first shot. Generally TimeLapsing means no sleep but with this trip it was even worse since I used a paraffin lantern to light some of my night shots with. The surrounding grass was waist-high and a runaway veld-fire could start in seconds if I wasn’t careful or if a strong wind starts to blow.

My second shot was set up for some nighttime shooting, focusing on the Milky Way. When I was going to have a peak again towards the end of the shot I noticed the cart was already at the end of the rail so it must have just finished. When I previewed the last shot that was taken I was astonished with the results. My first proper Milky Way shot!

As time went by there was no time to rest – not for me, nor for the Shukuma dolly. As soon as the one shot was complete it was setting up for the next. Shot after shot the Shukuma dolly was always busy. I tested the rail in all angles you can think of, at various intervals and shooting at various speeds on the motor.

My findings while shooting with the Shukuma dolly was impressive. The rails joined together perfectly providing super smooth and consistent movement throughout the 3m length. It’s so easy to set-up the dolly, even when out in the bush, particularly with ease of movement of the tripods along the rail. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting with the Merlin Head and got some great results with it.

Being in a rural location with no electricity, batteries could only be charged from a generator or the inverter in the vehicle. Understandably with TimeLapse photography, there is always a battery to be charged. When one is flat or not in use, it is always on charge. I didn’t want to have any let downs of missing a shot due to batteries not being fully charged. In the end the Land Rover battery didn’t last! Just before departing the last morning I found that the battery has died. Thankfully there is a generator on the farm so I was able to charge the battery from there.

I took a total of 8990 images, taking up 63GB of hard drive space. In the end, a total of 2500 images was used to produce this reel.


Jonelle Louw:
My wife, my assistant and my own personal DOP.

Nathan Pilcher:
For letting me shoot with his Merlin Head. Awesome!

Herman van Deventer:
For final edit proofing and advice. You rock!

“Living is giving” by Mark Petrie – Vimeo Music Store right here on this site 🙂

Shukuma DOLLY in full force. Impressive! –
Nikon D700 / 20mm f2.8 Nikor Lens (manual focus)
Merlin head
Dynamic Perception’s MX2 Controller (Thank you very much Chris for allowing me to use and slightly modify this controller for my Shukuma DOLLY)

TimeLapse knowledge:
The one and only Tom Louw’s site:
Our good friend: Google

Adobe After Effects
Apple Final Cut Pro
Adobe Lightroom
LR TimeLapse – (Thank you Gunther for making this software FREE and also doing this, I have been asking Adobe to build this into LightRoom for a long time now)

For blessing me with some clouds in the day and clear skies at night!
For creating a majestical universe and breathtaking landscapes!
And of course for my talents to produce all of this.

Cast: Joe Louw

Sons of Enkai · teaser#1

Sons of Enkai · teaser#1

Short promo of our forthcoming project “Sons of Enkai”, an intimate portrait of the Masai Mara in Kenia. The wildlife, the landscapes, the seasons… and their relationship with the Maasai people in one of the most iconic wild places on Earth.

Teaser trailer de nuestro proyecto en desarrollo, “Hijos de Enkai”, un retrato intimista del Masai Mara (Kenia). La fauna, los paisajes, el cambio de las estaciones… y su relación con el pueblo Masai, en una de las mas emblemáticas reservas de vida salvaje del planeta.

Cinematography: Nacho Ruiz & Alberto Saiz
Music: Ayub Ogada – “Obiero”
Shot in 5 days in the Masai Mara (Kenia) with HDSLRs.

Cast: NaturaHD