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Audi Ice Experience – Same Day Edit

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For the past five years we’ve headed South to Queenstown for the Audi Ice Experience. This year’s event was no less exceptional than previous; in fact, it might even have been the best so far. Shiny new kit, in the form of a DJI Phantom 2 drone and a Sony FS700, made the filming experience all the more pleasurable. Each day Resonate produced a same day edit which was played to the clients at dinner. Below is the last same day edit for the 2014 Audi Ice Experience.

Audi Ice Experience 2014 – Same Day Edit from Simon Waterhouse on Vimeo.

New Zealand Time Lapse

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I’m happy to announce the launch of a new project – New Zealand Time Lapse – this is a website which is specific to providing time lapse footage for license and commission. The site is split between the scenic time lapses I have collected in a library over the years and comissioned shoots for construction time lapse.

Check out the scenic time lapse show reel I have put together for the site, or head to the site and have a look there.

BTS at The Body Festival Photo-shoot

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A little video we produced for Lee Howell, a photographer who was commissioned to shoot the principle artwork for The Body Festival Advertising Campaign. This video details the technical side of a high-production photo-shoot.

Police Station Construction Time-lapse Video

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Back in May last year I was contacted by Will, the Marketing Coordinator from Apollo Construction who had an idea to timelapse the construction process of the new ‘temporary’ Christchurch Central Police Station. Initially he wanted a single point-of-view timelapse from an adjacent building to form a video of the process. I offered some suggestions about how to go about it, and how, with a single point of view, some of the finer detail of the process would be lost in the timescale of the project.

The building project was unique for a number of reasons – the shear size of it; the amount of concrete required to bring the earth up to an acceptable standard; and the speed at which the construction would take place. The building technology is all lightweight and rapidly assembled, and the majority of the construction would take place over a 4 month period.

After a bit consulting and creating a strategy for both shooting the video and reaping a return on investment from the video, I set about starting to gather the footage. Over 6 months I visited the site many times, especially during key events like concrete pours, steel framing being assembled and fitted, roofing runs and during the interior fitout.

Nearly a year later, this is the result – a 3 minute video documenting the process behind building a state-of-the-art facility, rather quickly!

Apollo Projects | Police Station Construction Video from Simon Waterhouse on Vimeo.

The power of syndication

At the start of the project I offered some advice on how they could create a return on investment with the video – its common online to see good video-content go to waste, with few views and even fewer channels for people to find it. Its even more common to find bad content!

I suggested that we make a video that could be syndicated organically through social media, but more specifically as content for a press release when the building was officially opened. As it transpired, the strategy worked perfectly – on opening day the media were invited, and left with links to the content to republish online – some of the time-lapse footage even made it to the 6pm news on both TV1 and TV3, reaching a far bigger audience than anticipated. The online version was linked to from most major news organisations and the views on YouTube are climbing strongly.

Bottom line – Creating content with a publishing strategy is the best way to ensure a return on investment – All up, great publicity for Apollo Projects and the NZ Police.

Audi Ice Experience 2012

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For the last three years I have been very fortunate to help Audi NZ produce video content from their industry-leading event, Audi Ice Experience. Last year I was at the proving grounds for nearly two weeks, producing same day edits for each customer driving day. This video is an event-wide synopsis which shows what the event is all about.

Audi R8GT + Lee Howell

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In November this year, good friend and colleague Lee Howell of Kaptured Photography undertook an ambitious photoshoot in Auckland’s Victoria Park tunnel, armed with a limited edition Audi R8GT and a state-of-the-art car photography rig. I created this behind the scenes video that shows in details what it takes to capture the images for high end car photography.

Video directed, filmed and edited by Simon Waterhouse

Special thanks to:
Mark Cornellison – Post production
Andrew Bright – Assistant & BTS images
Olaf Jablonski – Move N Shoot
Darren Utting – Victoria Park Alliance
Fiona Wooley – Audi NZ
Chris Tudehope – Apix Photography
Cameron Officer – Top Gear NZ

Audi Ice Experience 2011

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Back again for another year! Last years video for the Ice Experience was well received, and I was lucky enough to be offered the job again. This time we followed the experience of Television Chef and Audi ambassador Simon Gault. Simon was thrown in the deep end and tested at the end. On Day 2, Simon was joined by TVNZ journalist Mark Sainsbury, and the two went head to head, with hilarious consequences!

Filmed and edited by myself, and directed by Patrick of Socialize Group.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Timelapse with motion

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For over a year now, I’ve had plans to design and build my own Time Lapse Rail Slider – essentially a camera dolly which moves ultra slow, to create movement in time-lapses. It took a while, but eventually I got there.

The rails are annodised aluminium section from the hardware store, seperated and held in place by custom channel made with plywood and fibreglass. The sliding cart uses Teflon (PTFE) pads to create a smooth and low friction glide. The drive train uses timing pulleys and a timing strap imported from, and the power comes from a modified RC servo and servo controller from

Here’s some more clips that I’ve produced using this system;

I’m hoping to use it extensively over summer and start contributing clips to stock libraries.

Audi Ice Experience Video

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How many jobs entitle you to travel to the adventure capital of New Zealand, and shoot video of luxury german cars power sliding in the snow? Well… not many, thats for sure. Lee Howell of Kaptured Photography and I were comissioned by Audi New Zealand to photograph and video an extraordinary event known as the ‘Audi Ice Experience’. Lee was focusing mainly on stills, while I was shooting exclusively video. Needless to say, I was excited to sink my teeth into this project and produce a show piece I could be proud of.

Hosted at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds, near Wanaka, the Audi Ice Experience is a driving event like no other in New Zealand. Participants learn advanced driving skills on snow and ice on top of the Pisa range, at this world class testing facility. The landscapes of Wanaka and Queenstown are diverse and picturesque, and lend themselves well to creating amazing imagery. Add in a dozen immaculate late model Audi Quattro A4, A5, S4 and S5’s, and its hard to produce something ugly!

Check out the video we produced, and head over to Lee’s website to see some stills from the event.

Nudel Underwear Commercial (Video)

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Last weekend, a friend of mine Morgan and I shot a short internet video commercial for his brand of men’s underwear “Nudel”. The whole thing was shot within two hours in Morgan’s home, on a Canon 7D, with a real coffin! The total budget came to a bowl of cocktail sausages and a plate of chips. Thanks to everyone who generously donated their time and skills. Check out Nudel Men’s Packaging online.

Alexandra Schwass
Kristen Spencer
Kim Ward
Dani Moloney
Jonny Schwass
Kurt Preston
and the lower half of Morgan Williams.

Produced by:
Camera and assistance generously supplied by Nick Palmer.
Shot by Simon Waterhouse.
Editted by Morgan Williams and Simon Waterhouse
Motion Graphics by Simon Waterhouse