Multi screen video wall utilising nine 50 inch HD screens combined to make a wall of engaging visual movement depicting life in London. Showcasing scenes filmed across Kensington, Chelsea and Hyde Park using high speed cameras and time lapse photography through a 24 hour cycle producing a combination of super slow motion film and time lapse.
The Brief: Slow Motion Film
A central London based client with an office containing a large wall space directly facing the street had installed a nine screen video wall with an interactive map developed by Squint Opera. Having been inspired by a recent visit to the new Hockney video wall installation, the client required super video content to be shown whilst the map was not in use. It had to be silent, not disturbing the people working within the office but needed to be visually engaging and refreshing each day for passers by on their way to and from work via the nearby underground station at South Kensington.
The Solution: High Speed Camera and Time Lapse
To film a series of events in the area around the office showing everyday situations through a 24 hour cycle. Some of these were ‘actual’ whilst others were set up, some even including real happenings that were not intended. We used a Phantom HD Gold high speed camera to capture up to 1000 frames per second. Recording every detail in superb 1080p High Definition in super slow motion. Utilising time lapse to produce a staggered frame capture to create a kaleidoscope of images played at different speeds. Time lapse filming was carried out from roof tops, restaurants, homes, parks and the street. We included actors and members of the client’s staff, their homes and a very busy Hyde Park, two weeks before the Olympics.
Summary: Slow Motion Video Wall “Life in a Frame”
Three and half hours of footage delivered on individual screens, as a selection of screens and single images stretched across the High Definition video wall with varying duration. The running order or ability to choose immediately from one of the thirty eight video events is operated via an iPad. The slow motion video and time lapse film has been playing for 12 months and has been so successful it has been used in another office as a slow motion wall projection.
It’s only when we dramatically slow down movement that we really see for the first time all that is happening or speed it up to crunch several hours into a couple of seconds like a sunrise that we can enjoy our own ‘Life in a Frame’.