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This City, A Timelapse by James Ogle

April 9th, 2011

A few months ago, I posted a timelapse piece produced by Mindrelic that featured fantastic still photo compilation and City-suitable scoring.  Well, that piece may have been one upped by this one.


new york city. from James Ogle on Vimeo.

  1. April 19th, 2011 at 09:09 | #1

    Great technical achievement, good editing, some clever uses (but too few?) of elements iconic to everyday life in NYC, especially the old police/fire alarm box, the walk/don’t walk signal and the green trash bin. Loved the idea of the clock. Clever to include a run (the marathon?). While it would have been more time-consuming and expensive, including more shooting locations might have transformed this from good to fantastic, given it some more substance. It’s nearly 100% Manhattan and is way too enamored of Columbus Circle, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the West Side Highway. The piece needs to be re-titled, “Manhattan.” I can’t imagine the impressive time and effort that went into creating this, so I’m very reluctant to put this next comment out there, but for me the test of a very successful time-elapse piece or any short compilation piece like this is whether or not I want to watch it a second time, whether or not it piqued my curiosity in some way, however slightly, and having watched this piece, I can’t say I’ve any desire to watch it again. It’s good. It’s not great.

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    April 19th, 2011 at 12:02 | #2

    You’ve revealed the city kid bias in me. I’ve got a blind spot for the fact that the outer boroughs are oft ignored in thing like this.
    As for making things more time consuming or expensive, I don’t get the sense that these involve anything more than a nice Canon and a tripod that may or may not have a motor on it for moving. So while it may have taken shooting time, the expense wouldn’t have been significant. Probably the bigger element is maintaining the short form. At just 4:15, there’s only so much you can put in — though Mindrelic accomplished a greater diversity in a similarly short piece.

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