— THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE

Rear Window.

Lets start the month with a timelapse. Not this time, of a wonderous desert scene, Koyaanisqatsi-esque moving cityscape, but a timelapse of one of the most famous movie sets of all time. Created by special effects artist Jeff Desom, he blends together all the scenes from the courtyard of Rear Window. Widely acknowledged as one of Hitchcock’s finest works. This is one of the few films that stands out as much for it’s art direction and set design as it’s storyline. (BBDO NY used a similar framing device when creating their HBO work some years back). Desom blends all the shots together from that set to create a film that actually both pays homage and elevates the originals achievement in set design complexity.  It’s also a pretty impressive technical achievement on it’s own terms. Here’s the original 1954 trailer for a comparison.

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