We’re all familiar with the time-lapse technique in videos, perhaps a little overfamiliar, so it’s good when someone messes things up a bit, which is exactly what director Philip Stockton does in his short eulogy to New York called New York: Night and Day. In his piece, he combines the tried and tested time-lapse technique with animation, filming the same scenes in the day and night, then puts together the footage using rotoscoping to create an unusual effect.
The effect is a juxtaposition of night and day within the same shot, like a giant shadow from Godzilla has blocked out half the light. Silhouettes of skyscrapers and bridges sit alongside the same scenes in color, creating a collage-type unreality to the whole thing. It’s the sort of technique that screams MUSIC VIDEO.