Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Mayeul Akpovi is out with the fourth installment of his “Paris in Motion” series of videos. Like the last ones, this is really good. It definitely should be watched in full screen high definition. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here. h/t Likecool
If you missed them, here’s part one and part two (part three is a bit different and not as good and I didn’t post it). Akpovi also did a sweet video of Cotonou, Benin that’s a rare entry into the time lapse genre of an African city.
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
I post a lot of city videos. I also write a lot about authenticity in cities and marketing. Last week Indianapolis artist Stuart Hyatt sent me this one that I think manages to be very cool as a video but also provides a very authentic look at the actual experience of Indianapolis.
Stuart is working on a project called the Indy Sound Map designed to create, well, a sonic map of the city. He did this for Washington St. end to end across the city. Rather than stop at that, Jonathan Frey filmed his journey and Forrest Lewinger used the recording to create a soundtrack for the film that’s part of a forthcoming album. You can read more in this Nuvo article about the project.
First the video, then more commentary. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
What I like is that this shows Indianapolis as it really is, not as a fantasy world city of nothing but shiny downtown hipster joints. I also really like that there’s a big focus on actual people. That’s not to say this is a completely 100% portrayal of everything. The bus is overly stressed whereas the auto dominated nature of the city doesn’t come through. But on the whole the feel I think is right.
Obviously this was an art project not a marketing film. But I think it’s easy to see how you could take the basic concept of this and adapt it to marketing. Will that happen? Nope. All civic marketing is inherently ultra-conservative, and as someone rightly pointed out about a recent Cleveland video, the funders who underwrite such ventures expect that the end product will heavily feature them and be consistent with their brand values. But this I think shows that there are ways to show cities other than ultra-slick time lapses that can work.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Remember the Cleveland video from last week? Well, the Cleveland folks already yanked it and replaced it with an edit that’s more usual suspects and less Cleveland authenticity. It’s still an advance, just not as far. The fact that they couldn’t even stand behind their video for a week and yanked it even after people were linking to it and even saying nice things about it speaks volumes how far Cleveland still has to go. You can go back and check out the new video if you’d like.
This week it’s back to time lapses. This one is, as the title implies, a short tilt shift of Sydney. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here. Enjoy. h/t Likecool
See also: Miniature Melbourne.
As a bonus, here’s a Danish advert that’s gone viral. It encourages Danish couples to take vacations (I believe the sponsor is a travel agency, so this appears to be a purely money making scheme) to have sex that will hopefully result in pregnancies to boost Denmark’s flagging birth rates. Prove you got pregnant about the time of your vacation and be entered to win amazing prizes. Actually, Denmark’s fertility rate of 1.75 isn’t bad, especially by European standards, but it shows that despite all the nominal livability of the continent, the environment there hasn’t proven to be very pro-natal. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
The Guardian has more on this.
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
I think I’ve shared before a cool color video of London in the 1920s called “On the Road”. Well last year Simon Smith set out to reproduce every scene in that film in contemporary London and created a video of old and new side by side. It’s delightful, of course. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here. h/t Atlantic Cities
Here’s another look back in time for you. This is a four minute color video of Montreal in the 1960s by Jimmy Deschenes. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here. h/t Stéphane Dumas
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Here’s yet another time lapse of LA, this one by Russian videographer Vadim Tereshchenko. It’s short and pretty cool. Best seen in full screen high definition, which it looks like you’ll need to click over to Vimeo to get. To do that, or if the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Today a couple of time lapses of Los Angeles. First, up, one called “Time-LAX.” If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
This next one is called “City Lights.” If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
Lastly a little political humor. When I was a kid I loved the cartoon Battle of the Planets, home of the original G-Force. (The show was an American edited and re-dubbed version of the anime series Science Nijna Team Gatchman). Well somebody channeled the spirit of those old cheesy 70s and 80s superhero series to create this funny spoof called “The Kronies.” Buy your action figures today. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
Welcome to the Hall of Injustice….
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
This week some time lapses from smaller cities, Denver and Phoenix.
The first up is from Denver and is called “A Day in Denver.” If the video doesn’t display for you, click here. via Denver Infill
This is another one of Denver called “Breathless.” It isn’t per se a timelapse, though it contains time lapse segments. I’m told it was created as an intro video for TEDxMileHigh. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here. h/t Jason Callegari
Next, here’s on called “The Valley” about Phoenix. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here. h/t Samuel Schleier
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
A group of 56 photographers took shots of 49 cities to produce this time lapse of China. It’s definitely best in full screen high definition. The middle section is more landscapy, but still very good. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
As you already know, I like to publish some sort of audio-visual piece on Wednesday. Since these are usually short pieces, I thought I’d try an experiment and start incorporating a little bit of curated content from outside the world of urbanism proper. Let me know what you think.
This week a song called “Shining Star” from Nneka, a German-Nigerian singer who performs R&B and other genres. It’s from her 2012 album Soul Is Heavy. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
If you like her, you can listen to more on this You Tube page.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
This week’s video feature is a time lapse of Barcelona, an amazing city, by Alexandr Kravtsov. As always with these, I suggest full screen, high definition. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
All I can say is – WOW. This spectacular time lapse of Chicago, the product of two years’ work by Max Wilson, is arguably the best time lapse I’ve ever seen of any city, anywhere. It’s a must watch. In full screen, high definition, of course. Chicago looks absolutely spectacular. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.