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The Sandpit

Posted by Andrew at 3:35 PM on June 7, 2010

The Sandpit

I found this utterly fascinating.  It’s a five minute study of “a day in the life of New York, in miniature” and it’s just that.  The director, Sam O’Hare has combined time-lapse photography and a tilt-shift lens (whatever that is!) to produce an effect akin to toy models scurrying around a miniature city.  Look out for the helicopters and the diggers.  There’s a bit more information on how he did it here.

The soundtrack complements the film as well – it’s by Human – and was commissioned for the project.

Beyond the tricks, I loved the short film for the picture of urban life – the pair doing tai chi beneath the underpass, the baseball games by the freeway, the pigeon avoiding the pedestrians, the slop bucket thrown on the road.  Brilliant.

One Comment

  1. From Anonymous Cow at 10:54 am on June 8, 2010

    Tilt-shift lens is an effect that makes a seen look miniature because of the dramatic change of focus along the horizontal.