For almost two years now, every time we see the name ‘Timestorm Films’ appear on our social feeds, we get a smile on our face and stop whatever we are doing. The man behind Timestorm Films, Martin Heck, only releases a new travel time-lapse film about twice a year, but they are always worth the wait.
We first discovered Heck when he showed us the ruthless power of the Calbuco volcano, but since then we have followed the Germany-based filmmaker around the world, especially loving his films showing off the Dolomites. But his latest film, ‘New Zealand Ascending‘ may be some of his cleanest and stunning work to date.
But the shooting of the project wasn’t easy. As Heck explained:
Capturing high resolution time-lapse visuals in some of the most remote places of New Zealand came with a lot of challenges for men and equipment. Nature made clear who the boss is by destroying two of my cameras. A very strong Mag 7.5 earthquake hit the Kaikoura region about halfway into the trip. Spring weather was very unsettled so it surprised me even more to capture one of the most perfect nightsky reflection scenes I have ever done.
Obviously, a film of this magnitude takes a ton of content and work. Heck states that the total time captured was over 220 hours while driving over 8,000km through the southern portion of the company. When Heck came home, he spent an estimated 1,000 hours over 156 weeks combing through and editing 185,000 photos, which totaled 8TB of storage, before unveiling the final product.
With dedication like that, it’s easy to see why Timestorm Films is one of the most respected time-lapse filmmakers working today.
Heck was kind enough to share alot of behind the scenes photos from the trip with Resource Travel, and we highly recommend checking out his behind the scenes video as well!