Year-Long Project for Citrix Wraps Up with Building Grand Opening
Oct 9, 2014
Congratulations to Citrix, who is hosting its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony today. Throughout the past year, the company has been constructing a new building in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh to house all its Triangle area employees. Both Raleigh, one of America’s fastest growing cities, and Citrix are booming with business, so we were honored to be a part of this construction project that will have a major impact on the city.
Centerline had the opportunity to be a part of this process, as we created six time-lapse videos, one for each quarter, as well as a compilation video of the construction to both keep up employees’ enthusiasm and excitement for the new venue, and track such a huge building project for future reference. Over the course of two years, we took more than half a million pictures to document the construction.
When it comes to production equipment, reliability, quality of image produced and cost are important – but when budget is limited, improvisation is necessary. Prior to production, we heavily researched long-term time-lapses to decide how to create the best quality on a low budget. Although many time-lapses had been done before, not many at this magnitude, at this time length and in an uncontrolled environment with very basic equipment.
To stick with our small budget, we improvised – buying trail cameras that can be set to shoot at regular intervals and have special mounting solutions. We also used a GoPro camera, custom fitting it into a metal box to best protect our footage from theft.
In addition to the limited budget, our biggest challenges were keeping the cameras secure, the image quality and having a reliable power source. Every couple of weeks, we would check on the cameras, move them to a spot that could capture where the most construction was happening – and made sure there would be temporary electricity; or we would use a camera that could maintain battery life for an extended period of time.
Wingscapes Timelapse Camera, each with its own custom metal housing. These were the first cameras we purchased for the project. We were initially drawn to them because they were very affordable and addressed our main concerns of power (they’re battery-powered, lasting up to several months). The cameras are also durable – and able to handle the rain, temp changes, humidity, etc. Two cameras stayed on the job site, and the third lived on top of the Hue apartments, overlooking the entire job site for our widest view.
Our unique solutions to the many obstacles throughout the year resulted in the production of top-quality time-lapse videos. Check out one of the videos below and see all the different angles of the construction we captured: