Have you ever seen a basketball court being re-done? I hadn’t until I saw this timelapse movie.

It’s not a particularly dynamic nor technical timelapse, but it had me hooked until the end. The video revealed a mystery to me. I’ve never seen, nor will I likely get any chance to see, a basketball court getting re-laid. Throughout the video, I found myself repeatedly thinking, “Is that how they do it?!”

All of this got me thinking that there are lots of timelapse movies show me something I’m familiar with, but in fast-forward. It may be beautifully shot and technically brilliant, it may present a unique and stunning angle, but it’s still something I’m familiar with. However, where a timelapse shows me a process I’m unfamiliar with, it’s engaging and keeps me watching to discover the whole process.

The great thing about timelapse, of course, is that it presents this mystery in a tolerable time-frame. It would be pretty boring to sit in the stands all day long watching the basketball court be refurbished, no matter how mysterious the process is. But, in timelapse, the mystery is revealed and the whole revelation made accessible in just a few second.

How have you used timelapse to reveal a mystery?