”I filmed my daughter every week, from birth up until she turned 14 years old an then made this time lapse edit.” -Frans Hofmeester
A Dutch filmmaker – and proud father – has compiled an incredible timelapse video that shows his daughter growing from a tiny baby well into her teenage years in just over four minutes.
Frans Hofmeester began shooting short pieces of video of his daughter, Lotte, starting soon after she was born on October 28, 1999. These short spurts of video spliced together allow viewers essentially to watch the girl grow up before their very eyes.
Hofmeester – both a filmmaker and a photographer – has made a similar video of his son, Vince.
‘I filmed Lotte every week from the moment she was born,’ Hofmeester explains on his website. ‘She was changing at such a rapid pace, that I felt the need to document the way she looked, to keep my memories intact.’
Hofmeester says that he kept certain factors constant, like the white background and the baby blanket. Sometimes, he says, his subject wasn’t always an enthusiastic participant in his film project.
‘Sometimes they did not feel like it. Then I said “Just one minute. Tell me about your ball game, did you win?” That way I stalled them so I could complete the shot,’ he explains.
The result of his dedication to the project is a stunning memorial to his daughter’s first 14 years of life – which he posted on Youtube and currently has more than 160,000 views.