It took six months to create a beautiful timelapse of flowers and insects

A videographer spent six months photographing blooming flowers and filming insects for an experimental time-lapse video about life and war.

Photographer and filmmaker Thomas Blanchard released the three-minute film dark days earlier this month – the third of his N-UPRISING video series on insects and flowers.

N-Insurgency is a series that started 3 years ago,” he says. “I love capturing flowers and insects in action. I love capturing the phenomena of life that are difficult to see with the naked eye.

“This film is an analogy between life and war, mixing the flowering of orchids and the development of nature with the sound of war”, he adds.

“I had fun photographing flowers for six months and filming small insects to replace the soldiers, tanks and bombs we expect in music.”

The process

Blanchard set up a small studio to carry out the project of recording the flowering of orchids and insects for six months. He used a RED Helium 8K camera to film the insects and made sure to disturb the creatures as little as possible.

For the orchid timelapses, he used a Canon EOS 5DS R and programmed his camera to take a picture of the flowers every seven minutes. Blanchard says it was one of the longest parts of the project.

“On this film, I wanted to describe the situation of the war on our mental health through flowers and insects,” he says. “I enjoy projects that take a long time to build and this project was created over six months.”

“The camera was accumulating photos of the orchids day after day. I got the photo sequences that I colorized with Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw. Next, I placed my timelapses in an Adobe After Effect composition.

“For the first part of the film, I used orchids that were starting to wilt. I dunked them in a container of water and froze them. The timelapses were reversed in post-production to give the illusion of the flowers freezing.

“For the last part, I immersed the orchids in an aquarium filled with water and sprayed ink with syringes.”

More of Blanchard’s work can be seen on Vimeo and his website.


Picture credits: All photos by Thomas Blanchard