With the word ‘Carmageddon’ circulating around the news world and twitterverse, I actually had a horrifying dream this weekend to fit the extreme nature of this nickname. When this much-anticipated ‘carpocalypse’ finished ahead of schedule and without disastrous consequences, I was frankly relieved but also further inclined to envision how eerie and peaceful the closed freeway probably was this weekend.
Ross Ching is a filmmaker skilled at time lapse videos, and prior to the recent freeway closure in L.A., he was able to shoot and edit a video of this phenomenon by layering images in Photoshop and creating a mask over his video. Utilizing high resolution images and tripod/camera settings that never moved, he created the panning movement. In simpler steps, this is how Ross describes his technique:
- Here are the basics:
- Record for many hours.
- Go frame by frame and grab pieces of the road that aren’t obstructed by a car. Eventually, you will have every piece of the road.
- Put the static image of the road in with the moving background.
Here’s another edit of his footage, in case one video is just not enough.
Video created by: Ross Ching