Sparta Wrestling Timelapse

I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile.  Ever see those time lapse videos where a stadium sits empty before a game then fills up rapidly, the game flies by in a second and then the stadium empties faster than a Chris Solinsky mile?  I’ve seen videos like that when it comes to huge venues like Camp Randall Stadium or Lambeau Field, but I had never seen one done in a small gym.  So I set out to do just that over the busiest wrestling weekend of the year in Sparta, WI.

On January 22nd, Sparta hosted the Sparta Invitational and the following day the Sparta Youth Invite came to town.  Over the course of 50 hours, hundreds of wrestlers and thousands of fans descended on the new gymnasium at Sparta High School.  My goal was to create a two-minute video showing all the activity and chaos that goes on over the course of a weekend at these tournaments.  This was the result of those efforts…

2011 Sparta Invite Wrestling Timelapse from Derek Montgomery on Vimeo.

Here is some technical information explaining what went into the shot…

  • 3,558 total images made up this video
  • An image was taken every 50 seconds for about 50 hours.
  • One second on the video = 20 minutes
  • The video starts during basketball practice at 4:30 pm on Friday afternoon and ends around 6pm on Sunday evening.
  • The camera, a Canon 1D Mark 3 with a 16-35mm lens, was triggered using a Pocketwizard Multimax on Intervalometer mode.

I hope to do more of these in the future at different venues, but I think I did OK for my first effort.