Gorgeous-looking time lapse/tilt-shift video of Boston

Written by RedShark News Staff

Sean Collins and Julian TrybaA city upon a hill

Time Lapse and Tilt-Shift are used in this lovely film taken in Boston. For anyone that lives there, it will be a fond reminder of what this fantastic city looks like when it's not under seven feet of snow

Time lapse can give us a view of the world that we don't normally see. It compresses time so that we not only view changes that would otherwise be invisible, but also patterns that you simply can't see when you look in real time. Sometimes the result is magical. Cities become living places with traffic and people flowing through their veins and arteries.

Tilt-shift is a technique that changes our perception of reality and makes everything look like it's a small-scale moving model. However long you stare at good tilt-shift footage, and however well you understand how it works, the effect is still as stunning as it is perplexing.

Both types of filming are here in this gorgeous view of Boston by Sean Collins and Julian Tryba. Here's what they say in their production notes:


Boston does not sit atop a hill, rather the expression is in reference to an ideal city. The term originates from the Bible and was later used by the Puritans who settled New England and echoed in speeches from JFK to Ronald Regan.

This video is a collaboration between myself, Sean Collins, and acclaimed filmmaker Julian Tryba. We spent many nights atop buildings with several cameras rolling and waited for time to lapse. Many of the shots were filmed from the two tallest building in New England; the Prudential Building and the Hancock Tower.

This project came about after the success of my previous Boston time-lapse film (vimeo.com/69025727) Numerous people reached out to me and expressed their gratitude for showing them their beloved city in a new light.

You can see more of Julian's layer-lapses at vimeo.com/108792063. Julian, thanks for being part of this project and saving my shots more than once.

Thanks to my assistants: Erik Bowden and Sarah Lew, Peter Masucci from WBZ, the Hancock Tower, and my friend, Kenan Alsarabi, who let me sleep on his couch while I was making this video.
And also thank you to my amazing girlfriend, Lauren, who helped me film much of this video.

MUSIC: "Festival" by: Sigur Ros

PRESS: bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2015/01/12/sean-collins-julian-tryba-timelapse-video/

Camera: Canon DSLR's and lenses and a Red Scarlet.
Equipment: Kessler, Dynamic Perception, and Emotimo.
Post Production: LRTimelapse, Lightroom, After Effects, and FCP 7




A CITY UPON A HILL from Bodhi Films on Vimeo.

Tags: Production


Related Articles

15 August, 2020

You can't judge a camera by looking at the pictures

Picture quality is only one aspect of choosing a camera. Here's why there are a whole host of other facets you should consider.                      ...

Read Story

14 August, 2020

Which is the best Fujinon zoom lens for documentary?

Phil Rhodes continues his roundup of Fuji documentary style lenses by evaluating their performance and looking at which ones offer the best balance...

Read Story

14 August, 2020

What exactly do we mean by a ‘good picture’?

Replay: When we talk about good picture quality we like to think we know what it consists of. You might mention resolution, or dynamic range, or...

Read Story