L.A.-based filmmaker Sean Collins may be a transplant (from Europe, no less), but his new hyperlapse video indicates that he’s finally starting to think like a local.
Though he’s only been here ten years, Collins captures some of the city’s most iconic locales with the enormous affection of a native. He chose the various landmarks based on his fondness for L.A.’s distinctive architecture, including City Hall, The Griffith Observatory, and Walt Disney Concert Hall: “The sites I showed have been filmed by everyone,” Collins says. “So I was motivated to [use hyperlapse to] capture L.A. in a different way.”
Hyperlapse video requires an immense amount of time. Over the course of a month, Collins visited each location at all hours of the night in order to get clear shots. He’d take a photograph, move the camera, and then take another, repeating the process upwards of 100 times. He then merged the single pictures into a video sequence in post-production. “If you mess up one photograph, the whole thing wont work,” he says. Lucky for us, he kept at it. Watch the video in full below.