About Me

Image of Richard Bentley

Richard Bentley

I am a time-lapse filmmaker based in the UK and in Doha, Qatar. My time-lapse films have been used in Hollywood feature films, in documentaries, to launch TV channels and for 4K projection projects.

In 2014, I pitched an idea for a documentary and had it commissioned, by The Aljazeera English Channel, entitled ‘Metropolis – A Time-Lapse Perspective’. The documentary looks at the rise and fall of the metropolis, shown through my eyes as a time-lapse filmmaker, and via interviews I did with architect Sir Terry Farrell, Professor David Harvey, and architect Daniel Libeskind. I also talk with journalists who are actively involved in the debate, in Detroit, USA.

You can watch it here on YouTube or here on Aljazeera.com.

If the film is not available in your country, you may need to use a free piece of software called a VPN. Personally, I use Tunnelbear.

Here are a few still frames from the documentary (all images copyright Aljazeera Network):


Time Lapse on Brooklyn Bridge

Shooting Time Lapse on Brooklyn Bridge


Scouting for a shot Time Square, NYC


Looking out at The Shard, London

Sir Terry

Interviewing Sir Terry Farrell, London


That’s the shot! Times Square, NYC


Detroit, Michigan, USA


Understanding Qatari architecture





It was a great feeling being both behind and in front of the camera, and my Producer, Damian Clarke and cameraman Ben Emery helped me along my way and were fantastic to work with. Recording the voice over for the documentary was also great fun, especially seeing the edit progress as we began to replace the ‘scratch’ VO I had laid earlier via iPhone.

I also work as a workflow consultant for the broadcast and post production arena, with a specialism in broadcast, post production and workflow integration.


My work
photography, time-lapse

All of the time lapse films on my site (or linked to) are copyright protected. Some of the time lapse work is for sale in up to 4K resolution, and in any codec or wrapper. Please get in touch for licensing enquiries at richard@richardbentleyfilms.com thank you!

Time Lapse Videos

Time-lapse for me is not just a profession, it is a passion, a way of looking at the world.

I undertand, very well, codecs, wrappers, frame rate and raster dimensions, so whether you need ‘4K Cineform’ or ‘1920×1080 ProRes 444′ time-lapses I can help.

I try and keep up occasional posts on 500PX, where I recently had an ‘Editor’s Choice’ for a frame from my ‘Atomium’ timelapse.

Time-lapse Films

Qatar Timelapse

Qatar Timelapse

Piano | Forte

London Shard

Dubai III Time Lapse

Dubai III Time Lapse

Not any Colour Dubai time-lapse

Not any Colour Dubai time-lapse

New York Time Lapse

New York Time Lapse

Dubai II Time Lapse

  • Type: Video
  • Location: Detroit

Dubaii II Time Lapse

Detroit Time Lapse

Detroit Time Lapse

Atlanta Time Lapse

Washington DC

Washington DC

Behind the scenes



I grew up in Nottingham in the UK and moved to London to go to University, followed by 7 years in Denmark. I returned to the UK in the summer of 2000 and have spent my time since then working in over 25 countries for over 60 different broadcasters and post production companies.

I am completely self taught in the art of time-lapse and really do learn something new about myself and new techniques each time I go out to shoot.

Every evening I take my camera out and shoot time-lapse… some of them are shown on this site.

I am currently based out of Doha, Qatar where I am working on a long term project.

Time-lapse is like magic
It’s incredible when you start to process the images!


For best editing and colour work




Get in touch!