first_imgAnyone who’s a fan of Alfred Hitchcock probably has a copy of his Academy Award-nominated movie Rear Window lying around the house somewhere. It focuses on the observations of professional photographer Jeff Jeffries who, while recovering from breaking his leg, watches his neighbors through a rear window that overlooks a courtyard surrounded by apartments.Throughout the movie we see different events happening in each of the apartments, all taken from Jeffries’ viewpoint. However, these are seen as individual events that focus on one of the apartments. Now artist Jeff Desom has painstakingly dissected and stitched all those events together into a timelapse with the whole courtyard visible in one panoramic shot.Click to see full sizeThe ultra-widescreen view was achieved using Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Coffee to dissect the scenes and piece them back together in the right locations. Desom also had to spend time stabilizing the shots that had camera movement, but he also benefited from the fact most of the movie was shot from the same angle.The video above gives you a 3-minute preview of the finished timelapse, but the full duration is actually 20 minutes. It’s hard to convey how big this movie is. The resolution is actually 2400 x 550 pixels, which Desom was able to output using a projection surface of 10 x 2 meters split across 3 projectors. The full width of the timelapse was split between those projectors using a Matrox TripleHead2Go card hooked up to his laptop.Here’s how the setup worked:And here’s the actual projection in action filling the entire length of a bar:It’s an impressive piece of work made possible due to the way in which Hitchcock shot Rear Window. I do wonder what other movies this could work for, though.Read more at Jeff Desomlast_img

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