Rear Window in Time Lapse
A Wider Angle Lens on Hitchcock
Disclaimer: Again we find ourselves in a holding pattern. Dangling on a tantalizing thread of possibilities JD gives you another place holder.
“Tell me exactly what you saw and what you think it means.” – Lisa (Rear Window)
Alfred Hitchcock is arguably the most influential and mimicked Director in the history of motion pictures. Altering the medium his recognizable profile, prolific output and charismatic personality all part of a voyeuristic legacy that transcends geekdom.
On Vimeo Jeff Desom, an editor with his own compulsions has sat down with Rear Window and engineered the exterior footage for this time lapse wonder. In his own words from www.jeffdesom.com:
“I dissected all of Hitchcock's Rear Window and stitched it back together in After Effects. I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie's plot.”
Shot entirely on Paramount Studios largest indoor set of the time, the 1954 film showcases the style, technique and ingenuity that earned Hitchcock the moniker “Master of Suspense.”
Living up to its perverted promise to tantalize Rear Window is consumed with peeping tom camera angles and a stalkers obsession for the mundane existence of those who dwell within the range of a telephoto lens.
Looking out on the courtyard, 31 apartments, with buildings as high as six stories Hitch instructed his actors through earpieces while pointing a camera from the vantage of Jimmy Stewart’s apartment window.
Watching the manipulated video below makes John Doe yearn for the days when studios took risks. Where gimmicks still needed a solid story behind them to get greenlit...also makes JD wonder what the neighbours are up to right now. Now where are those binoculars?
Rear Window in time lapse.