This is the story of Samuel Stonehill, a time-lapse film-maker who set out into the world with nothing but his kit and a whole bunch of enthusiasm.
Today he is travelling with his partner Sabrina and their baby son Esteban.
Together they are creating moving time-lapse!
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This is a very important post because I am for the first time making a direct appeal to all of you, my wonderful friends & family out there who take the time to watch these films.
I have been short-sighted ever since the age of 7. Now that I am 40 years old I have decided it is time to fix my eyes the natural way. There is concrete evidence of people doing this all over the world and the only reason why 'the professionals' tells you this isn't possible is because they would suddenly be unable to sell you glasses, contact lenses & laser surgery if this information was common knowledge.
So my friends, are you ready to join me in the most important 60 day challenge of your life?
All you have to do is go to see your optician (to have your eyes tested ascertaining your exact prescription before and after the 60 days, filming everything along the way.
So the proof will be in the pudding as they say...
The eye exercises are simple and won't take more than ten mins a day. They were created by a small group of Tibetan Monks (after a period of mediation) to be the most effective way to cure defective vision.
There is no higher calling than to help other people.
And together we are stronger!
Please message me here, or email me privately if you want to be a part of this exciting opportunity to change the world as a team: email@example.com
I particularly like this episode because it covers so much information and creating a positive morning routine really can change your entire day. Trust me. I speak from experience. My morning routine is unconventional, yet very effective for me.
I am not suggesting that we should all have the same routine. But from watching this, you will be able to see what works for me and use this information to create that which works for you...
I was asked a few weeks ago to create a show-reel for a potential client, so spent one afternoon cutting this together. While digging through my shots I became aware that I have over 500 awesome drone & time-lapse shots to choose from after my 3 years on the road.
So, since completing this little film I have embarked on the edit of a much more complex reel, highlighting a larger percentage of my extensive international library and ultimately presenting the best of my time-lapse & drone shots in a more creative manner.
It had not occurred to me until now that having a strong show-reel will lead me to doing more of what I love... and I get paid for it too :)
So, look out for the new edit coming soon...
Thanks to Epidemic Sound for the music.
And thanks to all those who help me along the way :)
It appears that my new informational 'bite sized' series is actually more appealing to people than my time-lapse films or video diary chapters. So, I am going to continue posting them here in my main blog, despite the series having it's own page on this site. I was most surprised to see that Part 6, in which I discuss the benefits of looking at the sun received over 1,600 views on Youtube and over 3000 views on Liveleak in just 48 hours. And I had 170 comments to read through on Liveleak. Most of them concerned for my mental and physical health however!
I don't respond to everyone but I will always do my best to respond to those who appear interested to learn more.
So, here are Parts 4 through to 7 and I look forward now to producing many more....
Whilst I absolutely love creating each new episode of my Moving Timelapse Diary, these take a least three days of dedicated editing and voice-over recording. Some have taken me as long as a week to edit, as I simply have so much video footage & time-lapse to choose from.
After learning recently that the best way to build one's audience is to post regular films on Youtube, I knew exactly what I had to do. For six months I enjoyed the feeling of knowing that this series was coming to me. I have plenty of thoughts I would love to share with the world in simple, 'one take' video clips. However, I didn't have any idea how in my busy schedule I would be able to fit this in.
But as is the way with the Law of Attraction, my moment has arrived in the form of an unexpected opportunity. Sabrina & Esteban are away in France for five weeks leaving me completely undistracted to focus not only on my corporate work but also on shooting and editing at least 30 episodes of my new series in this period. Each film takes no more than a few hours to shoot and edit.
It is my intention to educate, inspire and entertain. Please feel free to ask me any questions on the many varied subjects I will be discussing.
So with out further ado, I present to you now the first three episodes of Sammy's Simple Solutions.
My little family & I recently spent 4 days on the Gili Islands to celebrate
my 40th Birthday (23rd May). These 3 islands off the coast of Lombok are very
small and have no cars or motorbikes...only bicycles & horse drawn
carts. My kind of place! Here you can see the three of us catching the sunrise together.
On the morning of my fifth decade in this physical body I felt slightly different as I performed my usual sun-gazing routine. And a poem came to me. Then a whole bunch of enthusiasm and fun... thankfully I took with me my fire-staff, my time-lapse kit, my drone (DJI Inspire 1), my Gopro and my Canon DSLR.... I didn't have a waterproof cover for my Gopro but was able to manifest this easily enough once I was on the beach :)
The energy of my experience there was still
so strong upon my return to 'home' in Bali, I simply had to sit down and edit my
footage and feelings into a short film immediately. And this is the
After making this film I remembered how much I want to help
others learn about the Law of Attraction. So, I have now updated the how to travel the world forever like us page and my firm intention is that my focused energy here will help others achieve their dreams.
MTD#9 Learning the slack-line at the Circus School in Pai
My week in Pai took me to many wonderful unexpected places, one of which was a Circus School. I very much enjoyed the time I spent in this hub for international travelers all with something in common: we all understand that there is a special kind of pleasure to be gained from moving our bodies in the way that feels right to us, challenging our bodies and challenging our minds. The slack-line is just one of the many options available there. Juggling, fire-staff, poi, hula-hooping & more... From the circus school to the Pai night market and back to the city of Chiang Mai.
MTD#10 Making babies - The story of Esteban's Creation
In this, the final part of my Thailand adventures, I introduce you to our family of cats and track our way through the UK and finally to the South of France. I didn't have much video footage from this period but was able to tell the story using the many photographs I took instead. From kittens to sausage factories to solar farms to pregnant bellies, this episode is the time-lapse packed story of a most joyful period in which Esteban decided to come and join in the fun.
MTD#7 expected & unexpected rendezvous - the day I met the mother of my children
Moving Timelapse Diary #7 takes me out of Chiang Mai on a new adventure to Pai.
On the bus ride I meet Sabrina and the course of my life is changed forever.
In Pai I say hello to my friend old Dominika who introduces me to the wonderful way of life there.
The next day I head off into the mountains to find a giant white Buddha
but instead I find so much more...
MTD#8 Pai & conquering my fear of driving scooters in Thailand
Moving Timelapse Diary #8 is set in and around the tranquil region of Pai.
This week I confront my fear of driving scooters
and finally get to grips with this essential Asian mode of transport.
We make the most of our new wheels and drive to Pangbok waterfalls,
one of the most stunning & energetic places I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
Chapter 5 introduces us to the Warm With Love House and to the most beautiful city I have ever lived in, Chiang Mai. This one was much more complicated to edit than previous episodes due to the huge amount of photographs I had to choose from to create the time-lapse sequence in the middle of the film. I was in Thailand to work for Heston's herbal supplement company and my first job was to create logos for the eight products. Using ink in water, incense smoke, fire poi & sparklers, we had a bunch of fun playing with ideas.
This little film is a clip from MTD#5, the time-lapse sequence I mentioned.
After the logos were complete we started shooting the product description films, which took me to many beautiful farms around the country.
Chapter 6 continues my exploration of Chiang Mai & takes a look at some of the other projects I was working on that month. From new born kittens to crazy tuk tuk rides to the kind of places you wouldn't take your mother to... then to my After Effects computer wizardry, a crazy time-lapse countdown sequence (using cress, ice & dancing capsules) and finally a little respect for those who try in their own way to improve the lives of other people.
Chapter 4 of Moving Timelapse Diary takes us from Barcelona to Gandesa where we continue our quest for awesome time-lapse & things worth getting excited about. And my dream of becoming an almond farmer takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
I also focus on explaining the Law of Attraction in this episode. Something I feel to be at the very core of my new & exciting life :)
It should be noted that I did not shoot all the time-lapse & hyper-lapse myself. Many of the shots in this film were created by Dominika Martincova. And one of the shots was created by Francisco Queral Miro (Franc), who received a few time-lapse lessons from me while we were living in his house.
After the success of Chapter 1, it has been my great pleasure to edit on through all the old footage and continue creating films. I have been advised by various people (including my Youtube agent) that 10 minute episodes are more suitable for the short attention spans of the general public. I have accepted my position now and created the 10 minute format as you will see in the films below.
However, it is curious to me that a large percentage of the world are able to sit through an hour of Game of Thrones, indulging in mindless killing and nudity, but struggle with 20 minutes of optimism & creativity. Whatever does this say about us humans?
I am going to do a one hour special for the chapter when I stumble upon a zombie nudist colony with my machine gun, and make a time-lapse film of the massacre :)
Chapters 2 & 3 take us from the Spanish
wilderness to Pamplona and finally on to Barcelona, where we settle for a
month and shoot a whole bunch of nudity free time-lapse. Though I do take my top off!
It has been a fantastic first week for Chapter 1 of the Moving Timelapse Diary series. Two years ago I posted a longer edit of the same diary footage and when I deleted the
video from Youtube last week Chapter 1 had received a grand total of 56
views. That's about 2 people per month.
So, I told myself that
if over 100 people watched the new edit of Chapter 1 in the first week, I
would continue re-editing & uploading the films.
And today, one week after posting the new edit, I am stunned to
see that almost 2000 people have watched it across the various
It has had news coverage in the States, from Right This Minute in Phoenix, Arizona who turned it into a great advert for us. See the news piece here...
It has had it's own page created on a website of growing popularity, What We See, run by an old friend of mine.
I had a featured article with Honest Mum (one of the leading parenting and lifestyle bloggers) who runs a monthly post about us dads called Who’s the Daddy. My article was entitled: Joy First, Money Later – A Modern Education By Filmmaker Samuel Stonehill. Honest Mum tells me it has had a 'crazy amount of views', so that sounds good. You can read it here.
The Free Thought Project featured my Moving Timelapse Mantra film on their facebook page which was very lovely of them. This week alone I can see that it has been viewed by over 4,000 people there. And I should probably mention that Right This Minute also featured a piece on the film too. I love their catchy title you can see here below!
Watch the news piece here.
All in all, things are looking pretty positive for Moving Timelapse right now. The subscribers are rolling in across the board and every day there are a growing number of comments like this one...
Found your video on LiveLeak and knew I had to come subscribe to your
youtube channel. I've been contemplating quitting my job and taking a
journey similar to yours ever since I went on a 7 day hiking trip
through Colorado. Seeing you making it possible for yourself inspires me
to continue preparing for a long journey in the not so distant future.
So I am super pleased that my work is having the desired effect! It is true that the quality of my audience should be more important than the quantity, but that being said if I am going to make a living by filming my life and putting it on the internet (which is firmly what I intend!) then the numbers are important. The more the better! My Youtube 'agent' has observed the numbers growing since I signed with them two months ago and today we are having a meeting to discuss the ongoing expansion on Moving Timelapse.
I know I have said this a few times now but I feel like it's important... Thank you to all the wonderful people who have helped me along the way!
I have been shooting a video diary with my Gopro since the day I said goodbye to my London life and set out on a barefoot journey of international discovery and time-lapse inspired adventures.
Chapter 1 tells the story of how it all began. From my film making days in London to a life on the road. Beginning with the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route across northern Spain, which I walked with my friend & fellow time-lapse enthusiast Dominika Martincova.
Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped me on this journey.
We arrived back in Vinca just in the nick of time to catch the rare conjunction of a super moon with a blood moon. It is known as a super moon because it is at it's closest point (perigree) to the earth in its elliptical orbit, so it appears up to 14% bigger & brighter in the sky.
It is a blood moon because the earth passes for a few hours between the moon and the sun, creating a total lunar eclipse and the infamous red colour due to the diffraction of sunlight through the earth's atmosphere.
September 28th marked the fourth and final eclipse in a series of four total lunar eclipses called the lunartetrad. This particular tetrad had a solar eclipse in the middle and is causing a bit of a stir with some religious folk because each of the five eclipses falls on a Jewish festival. The last time this happened was in 1948, which was the date of the Palestine war, known in Hebrew as The War of Independence or the War of Liberation. Others are quoting the bible in their summary of this event, particularly the book of Acts 2:20 in which it says 'The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.'
So, will this tetrad bring with it another historical event? Only time will tell.
What we do know for sure is that total eclipses of super moons are very rare. According to NASA, they have occurred only 8 times in the last 2000 years. I say let us simply be grateful to have witnessed one! And if like most people you had a job to go to on that cold Monday morning and didn't fancy standing in a damp field waiting for the clouds to clear, you can always watch the film I made instead, The Blood Moon.