All About Online Video » Keith Loutit http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/adamsparke A blog for people who shoot, edit, produce or market online video Fri, 16 Oct 2009 07:24:44 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Shrinking Sydney down to size http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/adamsparke/2009/05/22/shrinking-sydney-down-to-size/ http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/adamsparke/2009/05/22/shrinking-sydney-down-to-size/#comments Fri, 22 May 2009 02:45:32 +0000 Adam Sparke http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/adamsparke/?p=20 I first saw Keith Loutit’s work on the front cover of a local suburban publication and was instantly drawn to his unique style. That was just from a photograph, but on finding his video collection online at Vimeo, I went from admirer to fan in seconds.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Keith recreates the feeling of looking closely at a miniature model, by using a shallow depth of field and controlling the focus. It feels similar to turning on the macro/lens options on your camera and taking pictures extremely close-up. The effect is known as tilt-shift miniaturisation and Keith believes he is the first to combine the technique with time-lapse to create short movie clips.

I really love the look and feel of his work. It makes me feel like a bit of a god watching these, staring down at the lives of the ‘little people’ that live around me. What I particularly like about his compositions are that they include those little life moments as well as some inspiring scenery. We get the opportunity to explore our own lives through completely fresh and different eyes.

Loutit has started a personal project, “Little Sydney” where for 12 months he will capture significant events and general life around Sydney. In one of the films already shot, Greenpeace commissioned him to use his time-lapse style to document their team building a whale sand-sculpture on the beach as part of an anti-whaling protest. It was a smart move by the organisation, as Keith is gaining a lot of attention from both local and worldwide media due to his unique style.

Check out the video below or jump on Vimeo directly for the HD version…

Helpless from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

For video editors keen to learn how to mimic the style with Adobe After Effects, there is a simple well-thought out tutorial online. The tutorial was inspired by Keith’s work.

What do you think about Keith’s work? How does it make you feel watching these clips? Let me know if it impressed you as much as it did me.

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