Indeed, Whitworth is probably the first person to hyperlapse (stop motion timelapse) vertically down through a building and, in entertainingly bravura style, he chose the world’s tallest, the 828m Burj Khalifa, for his subject.
“My first impression of Dubai was that of super-tall buildings jutting out of the desert sand,” he writes. “However, after 3 months of exploration, research and filming, my lasting impression is of the eternal wonder of the desert and the importance it holds for the Emirati people. Dubai may be home to the world’s most outrageous skyline but Dubai’s desert dunes and historical creek are where you’ll find its soul.”
Nikon, Canon, Red, and GoPro units were all used on the shoot which took two weeks alone to storyboard. Watch it in full below, where you can also find a link to an extended version of the airport baggage scene, from plane arrival to luggage cart in 4K.
Baggage scene excerpt in 4K