Time-lapse videos are a great way to enhance a video. Any video.
A time-lapse video is defined as a video clip that depicts an event in a much shorter span of time than the duration at which it took place in reality. For example, remember those videos of flowers blooming or fruits rotting that show hours of footage in just a matter of seconds? That's time lapse.
A time lapse video can be taken in one of two ways: (1) by filming an event in real time and speeding up the footage in post production, (2) using special cameras that will expose very few frames at a time every so often. The former being the more prevalant in event videography, the latter being the only viable method of shooting long-term time lapse sequences.
The sequence below that depicts the fog rolling in over the hills in San Francisco was shot with a regular video camera at regular speeds, then sped up in post.
The following sequence is of my backyard being landscaped and was taken with a special camera. I set my camera to film two seconds of video every five minutes over the course of about a month or so. There would be no viable way to shoot this with the other method; I would end up using up nearly $1000 worth of tape and countless hours of capturing and editing. The way I did it, I only shot about 70 minutes worth of tape to cover nearly a month of activity.
Time-lapse sequences can be used in your wedding video if the videographer has the right equipment, creativity, and foresight set up a great shot for you. Otherwise, you can specifically request one if you'd like to see a time lapse for your video. Your quoted prices may vary.
Some good time lapsed subject matter include setting up of your reception hall, a sunset, moving clouds, crowds of people moving from one place to another, and other similar events.
Some readers have suggested that I post a photo of the completed yard, so here it is!
As a side note, in a previous post, Lessons from a Landscaper, I reported that I was inspired by the work ethic of my landscaper. His philosophy that doing good work means "one job turns into many" that doing a bad job means "this job becomes our last" was apparently just lip service.
Although he did do a good job for the most part - like 98% - he was supposed to return to finish sealing the concrete and slate tiles with waterproof sealant and he has yet to do so. It's been months now and I'm not holding my breath about him coming back. But likewise, he's probably not holding his breath that I'll refer him any work either.