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Portland Nights -- a City in Time Lapse

Continuing my week of excellent HD videos, here's an HD time lapse from my hometown of Portland, Oregon. The time lapse is kinetic, the camera always moving, and it shows scenes from sundown to sunrise in Portland, as winter approaches. It's beautiful, detailed, and well-edited. My favorite part is when airplanes zip by at dramatic moments (this is most apparent if you watch at 1080p fullscreen). The best part? The first and last sequences actually use HDR photography to achieve an extremely colorful look -- read more about the making of the video for more interesting trivia.

Photography and editing by Lance Page; music by Andrew Parish. Enjoy:

Here's a snippet from Page's blog post explaining the video, concerning the (mild) dangers of shooting time lapse in an urban setting:

I stirred up a bit of suspicion while getting the two parking structure roof top shots. The reason being I was literally hanging half of the six foot track off the edge of the building with the cart and camera slowly creeping out to the end as the shot progressed. The first one wasn’t too bad, right before I started the shot I was told by a security guard that I had to leave and after about five minutes of begging and pleading he finally told me I had an hour and he’d be back. So that was that, then a couple nights later I had another shot set up on the top of another parking structure and maybe two thirds of the way through the shot I noticed a bright light shining up at my camera. I looked down and saw a cop car blasting its flood light up at me. Then after the time it takes to drive in a circle 8 times there were two squad cars at the top of the building approaching me. I was spooked, thought I was really in for it. The first officer got out, asked me to take my hands out of my pockets and asked me what I’m doing. When I told him he then told his fellow officer “he’s just getting a time-lapse” and they got back in their squad cars and drove off. In the shot you can see the flashing brightness of the flood light and then the brief light from their headlights on the top of the building.

(Via The Portland Mercury.)

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RoboCop Is Storming Back Into Theaters
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Movie fans celebrating the 30th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s classic ‘80s action flick RoboCop—which was released in theaters on this day in 1987—got an added surprise today when Alamo Drafthouse announced that it will be bringing the movie back to its theaters nationwide for one night only on Sunday, September 10, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While the official screening will be held in Dallas, with Peter Weller—the film’s half-cyborg star—in attendance and taking audience questions once the final credits roll, that’s not even the coolest part: The screening will take place at Dallas City Hall, which played the part of OCP Headquarters in the original film. And the building is going all out to celebrate its brush with Hollywood stardom; in addition to a number of food trucks, there will be a full bar serving RoboCop-themed cocktails and a variety of sure-to-be-awesomely-cheesy photo ops.

According to Birth.Movies.Death, which is co-hosting the screening with Alamo Drafthouse and Syfy, each ticket will come with a special prop that will allow audience members to interact with the movie. Tickets for the Dallas event will go on sale at 11 a.m. on August 1; to find out if there’s an Alamo Drafthouse theater near you that will be live-streaming the event, click here. We’d buy that for a dollar!

[h/t: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Game of Thrones Made a Fun Nod to Harry Potter In Its Season Premiere
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Warning: This article contains mild spoilers about the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones. It also spoils minor plot points of the Harry Potter films.

Harry Potter fans may have gotten a strange sense of déjà vu during last night’s Game of Thrones season opener. That’s because the HBO series’ creators appear to have dropped in a subtle reference to the Harry Potter film franchise—and the Internet, in a moment of truly esoteric nerd trivia, picked up on it immediately.

The Easter egg came when Samwell Tarly, eager to discover an obscure bit of history that could help Westeros fend off the advancing White Walkers, asks the archmaester Ebrose for access to the restricted section of the Citadel’s library.

Devoted fantasy fans will recall that in another world, at another time, a young Voldemort asked Professor Slughorn for permission to enter the restricted section of the library at Hogwarts. The connection? Jim Broadbent, the real-life muggle actor who played Slughorn in the final three movies of the Harry Potter franchise, made his Game of Thrones debut last night playing Ebrose.

It seems that no matter where Broadbent goes, no matter how far he travels across fantasy universes, he can’t escape eager pupils trying to meddle in parts of the library where they don’t belong.

[h/t: Independent]

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