Saturday, February 27, 2010

New York City in miniature (WN0028)

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

I stumbled across this little gem this morning, via a mailing list I'm on. The film depicts a day in the life of New York City, as seen in miniature, as was made by Sam O'Hare. I've come across the miniaturisation technique used in the film for photos before (known, I believe, as tilt shifting), but this is the first time I've seen it used for video. Nice work, Sam!

Ah, NYC, some day we shall make our acquaintance.

I was going to post a review of the previous decade on this blog, but the piece of writing has ended up being so long that I think it's better suited for the Collected Writings one. In editing stage at the moment, so hold tight - almost there.

Check out this site and this one to tilt shift (miniaturise) your own pictures. Go here for an interview with the filmmaker, who explains that this incredible technique was all done in post-production, and using time-lapsed stills.


idleformat said...


Check out the video to Thom Yorke's Harrowdown Hill on YouTube - another video that makes use of tiltshift.

Globalism said...

Thanks mate - good to see a comment on here again too (it was beginning to feel a little lonely).

Loved the Thom Yorke video. For anyone interested in checking that one out as well, the URL is below: