This week’s Viewseum exhibit is one of Robert Lyons’s many timelapse films. This particular film explores the difference between a quiet country life and the energy of a fast-paced city. Timelapse is one of the most unique tricks you can pull off with a film camera. You can capture things that a human eye can’t capture, like the cloud transformations shown throughout the film.
Some of the city imagery include scenes of New York’s local art and animation community (keep an eye out for Indie King Bill Plympton hard at work). Some scenes are from Bob’s own career as a cameraman, both in animation and special effects (and yes, that is the USS Enterprise in front of the blue screen, you curious Trekkies).
I admit some sentimentality in posting this film, because of a recent article that details the end of motion picture film cameras. It is sad, but not surprising. Bob’s film experiments remind us that there is a beauty to celluloid that can’t be replicated in the digital age.