We had never visited the city before and were quickly struck with how beautiful it is. Our aim was to capture the classic sights; ornate buildings and typical Parisian activities, and contrast that to the modern business side, towering glass glad skyscrapers and fast paced life.
We felt very lucky to have been in Paris when the massive thunderstorm started. We had seen the weather forecast and made sure to position ourselves in amongst the skyscrapers. The storm started off slow, but very quickly built up to be absolutely ferocious. The lightning was hitting almost every other second, and some bolts were taking up the entire sky.
The following night another huge storm hit Paris, and we spent the night furiously cycling around whilst grabbing as many shots as possible. We would set up, grab a sequence and as soon as the lightning moved away we gave it warp nine and cycled to my next spot as quickly as possible. By the end of the night we were freezing cold and completely soaked.. but content with what we had managed to capture.
Cue three weeks of shooting, followed by roughly 5 weeks of editing… Capturing Paris time lapse was no easy feat. In total we spent over 400 hours working on this project, which means that every single second of video took two and a half hours to produce.
In the end, the video went viral, reaching over 700,000 views.