Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

I am a film-maker specializing in time-lapse cinematography. In 2009 my photography-career started with the first timelapses created in my free time.

With growing expectations to quality and composition motion-control gear became quickly a main focus of my work. I started developing and building sliders and jibs to create more dynamic shots than it was possible before.

Tech is always a driving factor behind my work. With sensor-technology quickly evolving, new lens-designs and new post-production techniques I currently specialize in ultra high resolution visuals in 4K and 8K resolution.

My goal with time-lapse-photography is to capture what can’t be seen by the human eye in combination with the most beautiful landscapes and impressive cityscapes to create immersive experiences.

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.
Wanting to capture the essence of an untouched wilderness often comes with an accessibility problem too. But I had great help from many awesome people I became friends with.

Getting a plane-ride to Stewart and landing on pristine beaches was only one of the many highlights of the trip. Taking a boat to discover the mysterious lakes of Fjordland, crossing freezing cold streams to reach hidden canyons or exploring the magnificient underworlds of New Zealands glowworm caves where incredible experiences that came along capturing the natural wonders of one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

NEW ZEALAND ASCENDING | 8K from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

New Zealand Ascending | Behind the Scenes from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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