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Posted by Gavin Lucas, 11 March 2010, 11:51    Permalink    Comments (16)

We've seen tilt-shift photography projects aplenty over the last few years, but The Sandpit – a time lapse, tilt-shift film of New York life by Sam O'Hare (who shot over 35,000 stills over five days to make it) – caught our eye this week...

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

The music was composed by Human, co-written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong

O'Hare's production company, Aéro Film has posted an interview with the director about the making of the film which you can read at aerofilm.blogspot.com

The last time we wrote about tilt-shift photography on the CR blog was when we featured the work of Melbourne-based photographer Ben Thomas back in October 2008. You can read that post here.

16 Comments

"tilt shift is the lens flare of the '10s"
Matt Cooper
2010-03-11 13:18:36


I love this film, such a toy-town feel, with the quiet human dramas going on. The tai chi under thee bridge was exquisite, and the night photos were really sensual. Thanks Sam, inspiring stuff.
eleanorrousseau
2010-03-11 17:36:39


I love the look. I find tilt-shift entertaining to watch... but this video does nothing that hasn't been done before; tilt-shift is still a quirky visual gimmick. I'm a little worried that tilt-shift may become to photography what autotune is to pop music...
Nathan David Smith
2010-03-11 18:50:38


These "tilt shift" things are fun, but either people who do them are lazy, or they don't understand the basic principle of what they are doing...

Granted, I work in still images, so it would be easy to make this effect more realistic...

What's wrong with them? the sail boat about 24 seconds in, various lamp posts and trees all fall out of focus at the top... it's a fundamental flaw in the technique, and until someone does it properly, i'll always frown a little at these videos getting such props.

Still, i'm sure it will be used in some advertising, somewhere soon... And still, i think they are fun...

rant over.
Jean-Michel Massey
2010-03-11 18:53:41


wow great stuff congratulations.
mike geary
2010-03-11 20:32:30


The Vimeo feed wasn't working but the stills look really good!
Advertising Man
2010-03-12 07:20:31


I know its being done to death but tilt shift done well still makes me smile.
A
A
2010-03-12 13:55:11


Water work so well with it and the heilcopters look like insects.
Anees
2010-03-12 14:32:38


The stop-motion animation feel to this really adds to the effect. Real-time film footage with the same tilt treatment would lose the children's toy magic.
Tom Hardwidge
2010-03-12 14:40:52


I saw this the other day, Tilt Shift Photos of London.

http://www.LittleLondonPhotos.com
Paul
2010-03-12 14:46:09


Great fun. Greater perseverance.
Bip
Bip Mistry
2010-03-14 08:49:25


have they done this too???
http://www.uniqlo.com/calendar/
nobuko
2010-03-15 11:23:24


Yes it's been done before but I still marvel at how a simple blur (if you were to do it in post) can trick the mind/eye. Fun video, terrible track though.
Andrew
2010-03-15 19:58:51


As much as I first loved tilt shift it seems everyone's doing the same thing now.

There were some short films a few months back of Sydney which were done beautifully but no one has pushed this further then showing cities/transport to bland music tracks.

Creatives shouldn't feel that doing what someone else did but to a different track is enough. I personally would like to see it used in a different way - maybe something from the natural world elephant/wilderbeast migration? An F1 race, football match?

If I had any of the talent/equipment and knowledge that these guys posses, that's the kind of things I'd experiment with
Tom
2010-03-16 18:08:35


I definitely appreciate visiting NYC so much more after seeing this! left so speechless at the amount of work required to do that film and the end result result is simply superb!
hien1234
2010-04-23 15:04:52


Hmmm, a good video, but I do remember seeing this style of video on the UNIQLO site last year. One of many such examples is http://www.uniqlo.com/calendar/

So this begs the question, is this video by the same person or a rip-off? I suspect the latter.
Al
2010-09-28 12:57:39


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