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Timelapse Techniques

Explore the expressive and creative possibilities of time-lapse, the ever popular and seemingly ubiquitous visual time reduction technique in this lecture-based and practical workshop. Filmmaker James Buffin will present the fundamental principles behind time-lapse, which will allow you to greatly improve your footage whether you use analogue or digital cameras. Topics will include astral time-lapse, basic production planning, location scouting, working with an intervalometer and incorporating camera movement.

Camera Theory and Cinematography Fundamentals workshops are strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

For ONLINE WORKSHOPS, prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application at

You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. After this, the instructor will admit you into the call.

Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time so the instructor can admit you before the lesson begins.

part 1: Sat 5 December 2020, 10 am - 1 pm   
part 2: Sun 6 December 2020, 10 am - 1 pm   

Instructor: James Buffin

James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 27 years experience working on movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos and documentaries shooting across North and South America, Asia and the South Pacific.The theme of his work is disaster/recovery, both environmental and personal. Current projects include a feature length documentary about adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Picking Trauma’s Pocket. His last film Jingle Dress – First Dance screened three times at the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Edmonton and is now used extensively in education circles. James is a contributing editor at POV Magazine and former board member of DOC Toronto. As well as teaching privately, he has instructed at LIFT, Planet In Focus, Workman Arts, Vistek, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Ryerson University. 

Location: Online
Category: Creative Practises
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember