Film Friday: Watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” Come to Life in Jeff Desom’s Mind-Blowing Time-Lapse Panorama Video

What do you get when you combine masterful editing, strong music selection, a brilliant idea, and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece, “Rear Window“? You get this intense, mind-blowing, time-lapse video created by digital media artist Jeff Desom.

Hitchcock’s classic film is centered around Jimmy Stewart, an injured photographer who spends his time spying on neighbors through his apartment window. In the film, we see the neighborhood through Stewart’s eyes using his binoculars and telephoto lens only. Thanks to After Effects, Photoshop, and superb editing by Desom, we get to see the entire neighborhood as one large panorama shot.

On his website, Desom states “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.”

The full video is actually twenty minutes long and was created as a large visual installation that is ten meters wide by two meters tall that spans across three projectors. Above, you can watch a “making of” clip that shows the full-length video sped up into three intense minutes. Below, you can see images of the installation along with a blueprint of how the projection was setup.

Read Window Time-lapse Installation

Read Window Time-lapse Installation 2

Read Window Time-lapse Installation Setup

Be sure to visit Jeff’s website to learn more about this project.


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James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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