Creative Briefs: Timelapse


From dramatic clouds reshaping above to city lights transforming from shiny spots to colorful blurred lines, timelapse footage has something for everyone. The magic of speeding up time is one of the many reasons buyers are always looking for fresh takes in this content category. The key phrase, “Timelapse” is a considerable and noteworthy evergreen category on Pond5.


How to Shoot a High-Quality Timelapse Video

Creating a timelapse might seem to be a challenging task. However, with today’s cameras, video editing software, and smartphones, you can film and edit timelapses in just a few hours. Just because it’s “easy” doesn’t mean it’ll immediately look good. Watch the video below to learn how to master essential timelapse techniques.


Shotlist Thought Starters

Get inspired by the following time-lapse subcategories and expand your portfolio with the new fresh content:

City Timelapse

Capture the dynamic lights and movement of a city during the day and night, from sunrise to sunset above the city skyline to the busy life on its streets.

  • Iconic Skyline day-to-night
  • Dynamic flow of traffic during rush hour, emphasizing the hustle and bustle of urban life
  • The buzz of a crowded place in your city as the day progresses
  • Transportation in motion like traffic jams, commuting by trains, buses, underground, or boats

Urban Timelapse

Capture the spirit of individuals thriving in urban settings—whether it’s exploring markets, relishing moments in vibrant parks, partaking in the lively nightlife, or actively participating in the urban business landscape.

  • Capture a public square or park during an event, illustrating the changing crowds, activities, and atmosphere
  • The vibrant activity of a street market
  • Various activities in a city park, such as morning exercises, picnics, and evening relaxation
  • Changing ambiance of a café-lined street corner
  • Portray the social interactions and urban leisure throughout the day
  • Film crowds on the busy streets

Nature Timelapse

Nature never fails to inspire. From growing plants to terrifying cloud formations, nature leaves us speechless by its beauty.

  • The beauty of nature’s cycles, blooming trees and flowers, withering leaves, melting snow, etc
  • Timelapse of plants growing, both in nature and on isolated backgrounds
  • Mountain sunset to sunrise
  • Dynamic weather changes
  • Day-to-night sky in a pristine natural setting
  • Timelapse of a clear starry night

Timelapse or Progress

From painting a masterpiece to constructing a building, processes take time and, therefore, are perfect for timelapse footage. Don’t forget the property release from the owner!

  • A painter creating their masterpiece from beginning to finish
  • Construction of a building, showcasing the various phases
  • Timelapses of a renovation or a cleaning routine
  • Cooking a meal from start to finish
  • DIY creations process

Close-Up Timelapses

Time to bring your inner scientist to life!
Staged content in a safe environment is another popular timelapse subcategory. Think of rotten vegetables, decomposing trash, etc.

  • An apple rotting on a plate
  • Decomposition of a plastic bag
  • Floral macro closeups, such as blooming flowers
  • Architectural details during different times of the day
  • The play of light and shadow on different textures and structures


Submission Ideas

Don’t forget to pay attention to composition, lighting, and capturing authentic moments that showcase the essence of each subtopic.

Get inspired by our collection of content we’re looking for here.


Suitable Keywords:

Timelapse in connection with city, nature, people, sunrise, sunset, construction, clouds, street, stars, business, industry, crowd, 4k, cityscape, aerial, night, plant grow, day to night, people walking, etc.


Target Group

Whether enhancing documentaries, influencing advertising, or spicing up social media content, timelapse footage is a captivating and versatile visual tool for many professionals and creatives, ranging from filmmakers, video producers, and marketing ad agencies to tourism, scientists, educational institutions, etc.


  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration.
  • Stand out and create something that pops out among the other search results.
  • Ensure your submission falls under commercial use by submitting the appropriate release forms when necessary.

TOP Image: Time Lapse Image Of The Night Stars by tobkatrina

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Music Briefs: Nightcore


Nightcore emerges as a captivating and energizing niche in the vast landscape of musical genres, and the internet is increasingly recognizing its potential. Join us on an adventure into the world of internet genres, where Nightcore becomes the secret ingredient to enriching your repertoire, whether you’re a music producer ready to experiment with something new or a trend hunter aiming to broaden your portfolio.


What Is Nightcore Music

Nightcore is a music genre developed online, specifically on platforms like YouTube. Initially, the genre referred to a type of remix that sped up and increased the pitch of existing music, frequently accompanied by anime-inspired images. These remixes often feature a faster tempo, higher pitch, and sometimes different melodies than the original tunes.


History of the genre

The term “Nightcore” was derived from the name of the genre’s pioneers, Thomas S. Nilsen and Steffen Ojala Sderholm, also known by their stage names DJ TNT and DJ SOS.

Formed in the early 2000s, the Norwegian music duo specialized in generating remixes of various electronic dance music (EDM) and Eurodance songs. Nightcore remixes are distinguished by increased tempo and pitch, giving the songs a quicker and more cheerful feel.

The term “Nightcore” refers to their debut remix of La Bouche’s “Be My Lover.” They titled the remix “Nightcore,” and the moniker stuck not only for that particular remix but also for the entire genre they and others were developing.

Over time, the Nightcore genre evolved, and currently, there are original songs produced in the Nightcore style. Some Nightcore musicians compose their own music with the genre’s trademark fast speed and high-pitched vocals. It has grown in popularity, especially among anime fans and online gaming communities.


Nightcore Characteristics

We can clearly recognize this genre for its lively and upbeat nature, characterized by these essential elements:

  • Increased Tempo: One of the distinguishing characteristics of the genre is the considerable increase in tempo that adds to the lively and uplifting quality of the songs.
  • Elevated Pitch: Typically, Nightcore involves raising the pitch of the vocals, giving them a higher, young chipmunk feature. This change is a fundamental component of the genre’s distinct sound.
  • Pitch Shifting: Besides raising the pitch, pitch shifting is frequently used in Nightcore to generate a harmonious and coherent sound despite the increased velocity.
  • Energic Atmosphere: Nightcore songs aim to create a lively and dynamic atmosphere full of energy and excitement.
  • Cross-Genre Adaptation: Originally associated with EDM and Eurodance, Nightcore has expanded to cover various musical genres, such as pop, rock, hip-hop, and more.



Pond5 Examples of Nightcore

Listen to the tracks dedicated to the genre and get inspired for your next production.
Please note that we seek genre-inspired original music tracks, not remixes.


Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2-5 minutes long.
  • The tempo should be between 160 and 180 BPM.
  • Use electronic music instruments, synthesizers, and high pitch vocals.



  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Don’t forget to add NIGHTCOREP5BRIEF among your keywords so we can track down and promote your content.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top Image: A Quirky Cute Anime Girl With Blonde Tousled Hair And Red Eyes by Warm_Tail .

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