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Behind the Scenes: A Time-Lapse Collaboration

Posted on December 23, 2014

Brad Watanabe, owner and director of Hawaii-based video production company Berad Studio, shares a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an incredible time-lapse video for Hawaiian Airlines. Check out the creative and collaborative production effort used to capture Hawaii’s scenic landscapes in the post below.


Hawaii Time-Lapse Video from Hawaiian Airlines, Courtesy of Hawaii Shoots

In Hawaii, we don’t have icy winters like much of the rest of the world, which makes it an ideal vacation spot for the holidays. When Hawaiian Airlines asked us to help out with their holiday social media videos we thought it might be fun to share a little bit of our warm Hawaiian weather with the rest of the wintery world via a beautiful time-lapse video of scenic Hawaii.

From the start, we knew we had to build a team to collaborate with for the outer island shoots. Berad Studio is located on Oahu, so our location knowledge of shooting on other islands is limited, and with a condensed shoot schedule, riddled rainy weather, we knew that we wouldn’t have much time to waste or depend on Google Maps as our location manager. Instead we contacted local professionals, familiar with each island to be a part of extended team.

Photo Credit: Berad Studio

We decided to partner with professional photographer Dallas Nagata for our Maui shoot. Dallas is known for her brilliant blue skies and amazing composition so we knew that she would bring a lot of great creative and beautiful images to the project. She spent much of her younger years galavanting around Haleakala Crater since her dad was a long time park ranger so she knew where we needed to be to capture Haleakala “The House of the Sun” at its best.

Photo Credit: Berad Studio

Kauai was the least familiar to us, so we wanted to work with someone who knew where to go for the best views on the island, so we reached out to outdoor adventurer Chelsea Yamase (Kauai). We were only on island for about 12 hours and had a lot ground to cover and images to capture. We exchanged numerous calls, texts and emails with Chelsea well before we arrived in Lihue to figure out the most strategic travel route to take to capture everything we needed. Unfortunately, we ran into a lot of rain clouds which forced us to bypass a few of the locations we had planned to shoot, but what we came away with was definitely still worth the trip.

Photo Credit: Berad Studio

During the fall and winter months, the weather on Hawaii Island (aka The Big Island) can be quite unpredictable so we knew that we needed to work with a team we could count on, to get the shots we needed in a short amount of time. We weren’t able to fit a Hawaii Island trip into our production schedule due to a lot of unexpected storms, so we contacted Techy 3 Design Studios (Hawaii Island) whom we had worked with on a couple short documentaries prior to this. We worked closely with the Techy 3 team because they were our eyes and cameras for the entire Big Island production. We sent reference images and storyboards back and forth to ensure that they were able to capture the shots we needed. The clips they came back with were fantastic.

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About Brad Watanabe: Brad is the owner and director of Hawaii-based video production company Berad Studio and lead writer for video/photo production blog HawaiiShoots.com. Hawaii Shoots is Brad’s effort to congregate and grow a collaborative and creative production community both online and IRL.

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