Posted by Darren Brooker, 19 April 2012 1:00 am
It's difficult to express exactly how many levels Jeff Desom'sRear Window Timelapse works on. For me, the hooks are my love of panoramas, Hitchcock's singular vision, timelapse photography and, of course, the art of compositing...so it's plain to see that Rear Window Timelapse was always going to do it for me.
However, with close to a million views since it first came into existence earlier this month, Rear Window Timelapse clearly also appeals to those who simply like great ideas. And like the best ideas, Rear Window Timelapse works so effortlessly because it's such a simple idea. Having staged Rear Window to be seen from the single (wheelchair-bound, paranoid) point-of-view of James Stewart, the camera angles were bound to stitch together fairly effortlessly. And though the basic panorama was assembled in around a day, the workload was way more than Desom had envisioned and the word effortlessly should not detract from the amount of hard work it took to stitch all those shots together into a 20-minute chronologically-accurate cut.
The 2-minute version you see here is kind of a teaser, though the storyline comes flooding back even with this short a version. Take a look for yourself, it'll give you a whole new perspective on arguably the greatest film ever made.
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