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28 Hours in Jyväskylä Filmed at locations in and around Jyväskylä, a city in Central Finland. The idea was to show city life in a way that no-one normally experiences it - in time-lapse, often shot from roofs and masts. [Shorter version on youtube]
posted by gomichild (27 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Kiitos, gomichild! I managed to visit Jyväskylä two years ago to see my uncle and yet again, another beautiful central Finnish town, especially in the neverending summer. It's the hometown of Alvar Aalto, so plenty of his architecture abounds amongst the woody hills and the long skinny lake that extends down to Lahti.
posted by myopicman at 11:50 PM on April 14, 2008


Ooooo cool. I've never been to Finland - I was just impressed at how well this was put together.
posted by gomichild at 11:54 PM on April 14, 2008


This Jyväskylä,
I would like to visit it.
posted by dhammond at 12:05 AM on April 15, 2008


Finland is actively looking for educated immigrants. They've re-organised their immigration department - and are even running ads in the back of the Economist.
posted by three blind mice at 12:31 AM on April 15, 2008


I'm very fond of Jyväskylä, its a buzzing university town and home to one of the greatest architects the world has ever seen
posted by MrMerlot at 12:41 AM on April 15, 2008


Beautiful. Interesting to note on the 'tube comments by the author "I also had to check weather forecasts all the time to pick the right days. And yeah, the skies are not much to look at right now, but the gray and ugly times really make you appreciate the summer"

I guess it's not a blue-skied paradise all the time, but what a great way to show off to city.
posted by Mil at 12:58 AM on April 15, 2008


From this video, I have learned that this city (and for some reason I am led to believe all of Scandinavia) is exceptionally clean, orderly, and well-lit, both during the day and at night.

Also, their tripods are extremely stable.

As tempting as this all is, I am not moving there unless the educated immigrant importation plan has a program for wintering those immigrants in a place that has abundant sunlight and a corresponding lack of debilitating depression.
posted by whatnotever at 1:21 AM on April 15, 2008


My father was born in Jyväskylä, and I have family there. I had a chance to visit in 1999, and would love a chance (or excuse) to go back.

Myopicman, I notice that we both live in Vancouver (born and raised, moving back next month) and both have family in Jyväskylä. Quite the coincidence.
posted by [expletive deleted] at 1:56 AM on April 15, 2008


I saw this a while back, but uncredited so I didn't know what town it was from. Cool. Never been to Jyväskylä, though I know people from there.

Looks very professionally produced, very good stuff.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:01 AM on April 15, 2008


I guess while I'm bloviating in this thread, I may as well applaud this excellent post of gomichild's.

The film itself is interesting and pleasant, and the site is elegant and functional. The video interface is clean and compact, and instead of a muddy, compressed in-browser fullscreen, we can download an xvid version in 720p with 5 channel AC3 audio. The soundtrack is available in two formats. This is all released under an appropriate creative commons licence.

The only thing missing here is a bittorrent tracker.
posted by [expletive deleted] at 2:41 AM on April 15, 2008


I highly recommend Finland.

It is absolutely an awesome place to live.
posted by Lord_Pall at 2:49 AM on April 15, 2008


My, they certainly drive fast in that town! Those speeds, combined with the enormous amount of vodka consumed on average in Finland, must surely result in a very high vehicular accident rate. I can only surmise that the inevitable fender benders, collisions and such have been carefully edited out of this film.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:50 AM on April 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


As tempting as this all is, I am not moving there unless the educated immigrant importation plan has a program for wintering those immigrants in a place that has abundant sunlight and a corresponding lack of debilitating depression.

Winter isn't the problem. Cold and dark during winter is OK with me.

It's the cold and dark during the summer that's the problem. A sunny day like the one in the film (in any of the Nordic countries) can make you easily forget that +10C, low-hanging clouds, and a steady rain is not at all unusual for a summer day - and you are plagued by the hungry mosquito.

Makes one long for the relief of winter....
posted by three blind mice at 4:24 AM on April 15, 2008


Indeed from my personal experience I find Nordic countries to be exceptionally clean, orderly, and well-lit, both during the day and at night. And I've had no problems with rainy summer days - four fulls months of extremely sunny 18-hour days in the summer where I live. Not even a drop of rain. It's glorious weather.
posted by monocot at 4:37 AM on April 15, 2008




I like this site for its road cameras.

posted by Jumpin Jack Flash at 7:01 AM on April 15, 2008


That was very well shot, and Finland looks like a lovely country.

On the other hand, I really don't like this kind of puff-piece tourism ad. I have essentially just watched a longer version of an "I Love New York" commercial. Koyannisqatsi was doing time lapse looks at inhabited areas 30 years ago, and for all its heavy-handedness it had to its credit no such rose-colored view of the people it was filming. Everything in this seems to be grabbing my arm and yelling "Look at our lovely lakes! Our modern highways and airport! Our bustling nightlife and gorgeous vistas! It is always sunny here and it never rains or snows! Yeah!" For real, Finland really does look like a lovely place to live and/or visit, but stuff like this really leaves me cold.
posted by shmegegge at 8:40 AM on April 15, 2008


Clean, tidy and boring. Not unlike my experience of Finland. But then I was only 4 at the time.
posted by asok at 8:47 AM on April 15, 2008


That's a shame asok. You should've gotten drunk with the locals to fully experience Finland they way us locals do. Being 4 is no excuse.
posted by slimepuppy at 9:41 AM on April 15, 2008


Very cool video from a very cool country. Reminds me of another traffic video - also, with some time-lapse trickery apparently.
posted by webhund at 11:01 AM on April 15, 2008


Do the traffic lights really stop working at some point in the evening?
posted by redteam at 12:06 PM on April 15, 2008


redteam, I don't really know about Jyväskylä, but even here in the much larger Helsinki, the traffic lights go out of action for the night in many parts of town.
posted by Anything at 12:49 PM on April 15, 2008


This furthers my newfound appreciation for all things Finnish. I really would like to visit there someday.

My understanding is that a great deal of the population moves from the cities to their country homes in the summer. Is that still the custom? It looks like a bustling little city.
posted by malocchio at 1:57 PM on April 15, 2008


Is there anything on how this was made? I just realized you could shoot HD timelapse with a digital camera.

... If I had access to a better view I could hang a flatscreen & have a niftier window...
posted by Pronoiac at 12:02 AM on April 16, 2008


Do the traffic lights really stop working at some point in the evening?

They do that where I live, too (Portland, ME). I think they're operational all night on the weekends, however.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:43 AM on April 16, 2008


Just so happens that I interviewed the creator a couple of months back for the newspaper of the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä.

To summarize: So, uhm. Yeah. Feels good to finally join MeFi after years of lurking.
posted by dst at 1:42 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Went through my notes and found some more things of interest: he used a Sony DCS-R1 with a self-made timelapse controller and a few gradient filters; with cars and people the interval was mostly <1 second, with landscapes 5-25 secs; "Deshaking and color correction took almost as long as the editing itself."

And for all the Aalto fans out here: you wouldn't believe how small his toilets are. Seriously. Consider chopping off your legs at knees before using them or at least installing some sort of 360-degree pivoting custom hip.
posted by dst at 1:53 PM on April 16, 2008


wow, I was wondering how that came out so still. kudos to him for the post work.
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