Much has been spoken about and seen of projection mapping works in the recent past. Mapping on buildings, objects, cars, structures you name it and it’s been done. Though the novelty of the idea has waned, yet it still doesn’t fail to amaze for the larger than life appeal it lends to the inanimate structures that are mapped. However, every once in a while we come across a video doing the rounds on the internet that seems to do pretty much the same sans the technique, nevertheless achieving the same stunning effect. One such video to have caught my eye is the stop motion music video for Cold Mailman‘s song ‘Time Is of the Essence’.
Directed by Andre Chocron and shot in Oslo, Cold Mailman’s song ‘Time Is of the Essence’ beautifully combines the techniques of time lapse photography and a light show of sorts, imparting it a playful and whimsical quality. In the video, the Oslo cityscape seems to put together a dazzling performance perfectly choreographed to the riffs and notes of the soulful song. The architecture of the city seems to have been given a life of its own as it animatedly dances to the lilting melody of ’Time Is of the Essence’, showcasing Andre’s wizardry.
In order to achieve this, old apartment buildings were filmed over a period of time from evening to night with the lights of the rooms flipped on and off. During post-production, the windows of the apartments in the sequences were painstakingly masked and arranged into sequential clips to compose the stop motion. The entire montage was then skillfully threaded together to create a delightful visualization of the song so well done that it leaves one asking for more.
Watch here as the city of Oslo magically transforms into a mammoth equalizer, lighting up to the rise and fall of the notes of the song.