There’s not much information to go along with this timelapse from the LA Times. If there’s more information on the LA Times website, I can’t see it, because apparently, they haven’t figured out how to add a disclaimer and an “I Accept” button for EU residents yet. But I couldn’t stop watching this video once I hit play.
Seeing images develop on polaroids like this reminds me of the first time I saw a wet print developing in a tray in the darkroom. In this case, though, they’re not black and white. I always find it fascinating to see the images appear from nowhere. And especially the contrast and colour coming through in the Polaroids during this sped up view.
It was filmed at the LA Times Photo & Video Studio during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and it’s packed full of famous faces. Given how illegible most of the signatures are, it’s fun to try and figure out who they are as each appears.
While there is some reframing throughout and a bit of fake panning and zooming added in post, it just goes to show that you really don’t need a whole lot of fancy sliders, gimbals and other gadgets to make an interesting timelapse.
Of course, a few celebrity faces helps, too.