Urban Filmmaker Rob Whitworth Takes You on a Journey Through Istanbul

Urban filmmaker Rob Whitworth sets a new bar once more for his medium, to feature yet another exotic location. Through the magic of time-lapse photography, Whitworth works his spell on time and space to encapsulate the charm and appeal of Istanbul.

His trademark style is quickly evident, making for a brief but unforgettable experience. Whitworth produced the time-lapse masterpiece for Turkish Airlines, showcasing his ‘flow motion’ style once again. Travel on a whirlwind journey through picturesque Istanbul as Whitworth skilfully employs all sorts of visual tricks, turns, twists, close-up and panoramas.


He presents a compelling two minute video that will entice anyone to grab the quickest flight (hopefully Turkish Airlines) to this largest European city. Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople (and Byzantium in ancient times) is the most populous city in Turkey. It is considered the country’s cultural, economic and historical hub. Among its many attractions are shopping centers, from the contemporary to the historic. For instance, The Grand Bazaar which has been operating since 1461, is among the oldest and biggest covered markets in the world. There is also Mahmutpasha Bazaar, an open-air commercial area traversing the Grand and Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul’s main spice market dating to 1660. Many such sites, or similar ones, can be seen in Whitworth’s brief but concise video.

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The master filmmaker has worked for such brands like McDonald’s, BBC and Nike. As one can imagine, the time-lapse work of Whitworth involves a lot of meticulous shooting and post production editing to create the ‘flow motion’ look and feel. Using a myriad of gear as well as post-processing tricks, it takes Whitworth a generous amount of time to prepare material that will only be a couple of minutes in the final cut.

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A behind-the-scenes insight to see how he goes about production is just as entertaining and interesting as the final product itself. If you liked this presentation, check out more of Whitworth’s work on his website.

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