How Newcastle University graduate is making a business from hyperlapse film technology

22-year-old Jack Fisher who wowed the city with a video of iconic Tyneside sites discusses how his business is growing rapidly

Jack Fisher - jackfisher.org Stills taken from Newcastle In Motion by Jack Fisher
Stills taken from Newcastle In Motion by Jack Fisher

A former Newcastle University student who left on a high after capturing some the city’s most iconic landmarks in an innovative film has spoken to the Journal about the “mad” nine months that have seen him lay the foundations of a business.

Having long enjoyed film-making and photography as hobbies, Jack Fisher, 22, captured the attention of tourism chiefs on producing a film on the highlights of Bath.

After putting together a three-and-a-half minute piece for visitbath.co.uk, he was then contacted by the Amsterdam Tourist Board, which commissioned him to make a film for the Amsterdam Live festival.

Since then, he has been inundated with offers of work, and recently completed the third instalment of his In Motion series in Newcastle.

Shooting from the top of Monument, Castle Keep, and the Baltic, among other locations, Newcastle in Motion is comprised of more than 6,000 individual stills, chosen from more than 10,000, which. put together, show the city at its best.

Using the hyperlapse technique, Fisher spent around four weeks capturing the footage in May, before adding a 3D effect and merging the pictures together post-production to form a video sequence.

On the back of the piece - for which he worked closely with the NewcastleGateshead Initiative - Fisher has been approached by a ferry company, a travel company and a hotel chain, all keen to use it in their information material.

His business model means he has been able to accommodate their requests, since a large proportion of his income comes through licensing of his videos.

“I always hoped I’d be successful, but I never realised just how well the Bath film would be received,” he said.

“It went viral overnight and I had about 10 to 15 job offers.

“I’m also getting lots of work in Europe now, particularly in Holland.

“Last week I dida music festival in Amsterdam, where I made the official after-film.”

He added that the last nine months or so had been “absolutely mad” as far the pace of business growth was concerned.

“I’ve had work throughout all that time and it’s been amazing I’ve been able to start a career that I’m really passionate about,” he said.

For the next few years, Fisher intends to continue with such freelance work, before going on to film school and developing his skills as a director.

Ultimately, he believes his future lies in documentary making.

To see more of his work visit jackfisher.org

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