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Interview: Pierre Ogeron, Creator of the 'Saigon Sail' Time Lapse

Yesterday, we posted Pierre Ogeron’s awesome time lapse film of Saigon which proved to be quite a hit.

We got in touch with Pierre who was kind enough to answer some of our questions about his motivation, production techniques and future plans.


[TIMELAPSE] Saigon Sail! from Pierre OGERON on Vimeo.

Pierre is a director, DP and editor based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Freshly arrived from Seoul, South Korea, he has worked for the past few years on TV programs, documentaries and music videos. He has collaborated with French, Russian and Vietnamese TVs such as TV5MONDE, France2, Canal+, Arte, M6, Rossiya2, BFMTV, YAN TV and with artists such as Studio Apartment, NOOB, Thanh Bùi, Noo Phước Thịnh, 365daband, Đông Nhi, Ông cao Thắng, Cường Seven, Justa Tee, Yan Bi, Mr.T, Kimmese, Sĩ Thanh, Tâm Tít, Manege88 and Addiktion. He is also a time lapse shooter and videographer for Getty Images.


What inspired you to make this film?

This is actually my 4th time lapse video so it is just a continuation of what I do. I like to do time lapse videos because it gives a new and global view of a place, city or country. 

How many hours of footage did it take to make it?

Not that much actually. I think I had around 30~35 minutes of footage. But it is also very different than real-time video where you tend to shoot more than you need. When you shoot real-time footage, it does not differ much from what people usually see, you need to find a special moment that will make your footage different. Time lapse is already different and cannot be seen by human eyes, making 100% of your footage viable. It also takes a huge amount of time just to shoot few seconds of time lapse.

How many different locations did you use?

Many, I cannot say how many but many! 

Why did you pick the locations that you did?

I picked the locations depending of their accessibility and what sight they could offer. In the end, I tried to give a global view of Saigon.

Do you plan to make more of these in the future?

Yes absolutely, there is so much more to cover in Vietnam and abroad.

How long did it take to edit the film?

It was a basic editing so it just took few days. The longer part is to find an idea/concept, pick a song/music and roll. I started with the original version of the song but I was not very happy with it, so I changed for the instrumental but I had to re-edit it as well.

What equipment did you use to film?

I used a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105L, Dynamic Perception Stage Zero slider and Merlin 2-axis head.


You can contact Pierre at pierre.ogeron (@) 

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