The Machines of Creation: “Timelapse Guy” Paul Bryant on Finding Your Niche, Connecting with a Tribe and Making a Mid-Career Pivot

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Paul Bryant joins Carrie on this week’s episode of the The Localist. Paul, along with his wife Courtney, own and run Kinora Films, a premier videography and production company based in Birmingham, AL. Paul and Carrie start off with what a timelapse actually is, the technology he uses to create timelapse videos, and how long a timelapse shot usually takes (hint: bring snacks!). Paul then tells us how he got his start with weddings, how he carved out a niche combining film and digital, and just how terrifying it can be to shoot with film on a wedding day. Paul and Carrie then talk about the pros and cons of working with your spouse, how they manage work/life balance as creative entrepreneurs, and why they ultimately stopped shooting weddings (it turns out actually getting to enjoy your weekend is pretty nice!). Paul and Carrie wrap up the conversation with how Paul found mentors and formed friendships with local photographers, dealing with imposter syndrome, and how everything he’s learned along this journey feeds into creativity even if it doesn’t make sense at the time. 

Mentioned in this episode: 

Kinora Films 

Kinora Films on Instagram

The Timelapse Guy 


Vulcan trail 

Haystack Rock in Oregon

Railroad Park 

Rotary Trail

Sloss Furnace

Bryan Johnson

Cary Norton 

Rob Culpepper 

Stephen DeVries

Church Street Coffee and Books 

Matthew Mayfield

Dreamers Supply Co.

Revelator Coffee in Uptown (Octane)

About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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