Timelapse - The City Limits
August 17, 2011 8:24 PM   Subscribe

Timelapse - The City Limits. A time lapse video montage with the aim of showing "the duality between city and nature." Try fullscreen HD.
posted by exogenous (14 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
That I n c e p t i o n soundtrack sure is epic.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:25 PM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

wow. very nice.
posted by jadayne at 8:44 PM on August 17, 2011

Yes.. New Orleans needs one of these.. A timelapse montage that is.. not limits..
posted by KingCake at 9:22 PM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

My God, this is incredible.
posted by fusinski at 9:36 PM on August 17, 2011

It got more enjoyable when I first realized that he used Hanz Zimmer for music :)
posted by mitrieD at 9:54 PM on August 17, 2011

Golly I wish my timelapses looked like this. Also, I wish I was able to chuck a tripod down for hours in some totally sweet high rises/bridges/etc like that!
posted by smoke at 10:44 PM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

Smoke: exactly right. Location location location! My best timelapse was taken from the balcony of a suite in a 5-star hotel in Switzerland. LOL! Never the less, my problem is sound tracks. I'm shy about just borrowing someone else's music, even when I know what I want.

Thanks for the post, that is really nice work.
posted by Goofyy at 11:38 PM on August 17, 2011

Epic and beautiful. Thanks for this post.
posted by alan2001 at 1:52 AM on August 18, 2011

That was just great. Thanks so much.
posted by milkwood at 3:16 AM on August 18, 2011

Beautiful. And a much better time / reward value than this post.
posted by Dean358 at 6:52 AM on August 18, 2011

The inception soundtrack gave us a hellovanother movie.
posted by Meatafoecure at 8:40 AM on August 18, 2011

This is pretty, but it strikes me, as a lot of timelapse does, as not having a whole lot going on beneath the surface. I get it, it's eye candy, and there is nothing wrong with that. Still, it would be nice to see people working in timelapse try to not just wow the shit out of me visually, but maybe also use the unique capabilities of the form to portray something more conceptual or meaningful. When I see, "We live on a microchip in the macrocosm!" in the Vimeo comments section, well, that sounds about right for this type of work. The director's explanation of "the duality between city and nature" made me laugh too. I don't think watching 30 seconds of a camping trip really can justify his ambitious words. I'm also surprised by how many people are into the music- I thought the epic music/timelapse thing was a completely worn trope by now.

Don't mean to be so critical, just wish people would try and expand the form more- there is so much potential!
posted by PBR at 2:43 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

PBR, can you point out something with more going on beneath the surface?
posted by exogenous at 5:10 AM on August 19, 2011

PBR, can you point out something with more going on beneath the surface?

Sure, thanks for asking. As far as timelapse goes, I find the work of Emily Richardson to be quite compelling, although it is certainly not as immediately striking as Dominic's work. Michael Snow's, Condensation, might be of interest to you if you are looking for a timelapse without the epic soundtrack (it has no sound and was originally conceived as being a silent work). Of course, there is Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka, which may have more going on too, but I believe this is due to the sheer length of the films and personally find them to be in the same camp as Dominic's. You might find some of the artists mentioned in The Cinematic (edited by David Campany) interesting as well. The book deals specifically in theoretical ideas of both photography and cinema, which is in essence what all timelapse is negotiating between.

Again, I kind of like Dominic's work for its clean visuals. Hopefully he'll continue to expand on his already great eye for the image.
posted by PBR at 2:47 PM on August 19, 2011

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