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Time-lapse film offers striking view of Los Angeles

August 23, 2012 | 12:27 pm

NightFall from Colin Rich on Vimeo.

After more than a year of shooting, cinematographer Colin Rich released the sequel to his popular Los Angeles time-lapse film on Thursday, featuring footage from Downtown to Santa Monica and the Ventura County line.

Rich was profiled in The Times earlier this year while working on the film, titled “Nightfall.” The project comes as a follow-up to his first city time-lapse, “L.A. Light.”

To capture new angles of Downtown, Rich shot from the 6th Street Bridge, scaled fire escapes on apartment buildings and booked a special room at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel. He said this film incorporates a much larger number of individual time-lapses — 96 total — which are strung together to form the 3-minute, 18-second film.

Rich also used more motion-control techniques in this film, which allowed him to accentuate the movement of the sun and shadows cast across buildings.

“I wanted this to be a tour de force,” he said. “I wanted the camera to feel like it’s pulling you through the city, and channeling that energy transfer of day to night.”

But “Nightfall” also includes vantage points far from the city’s center, like Mount Wilson and Mount Hollywood. The climax of the film, Rich said, shows the glow of Los Angeles from Deer Creek Canyon Park in Malibu.

“It’s this giant orange orb, firing out air traffic like machine gun bullets,” he said. “I saw it and I was like, ‘OK, this has to be the pinnacle.’”


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