Conversations from the 35th Floor

Short test edit/ teaser for my “Rear Window-esque” Timelapse/ Video/ Audio short film of the same name to see how it plays out. Made in association with The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas where it was all filmed, from the hotel suite corner terrace balcony on the 35th floor (room 3514) over 9 days before, during and after the NAB 2013 show.

Huge thanks to LensProToGo for the additional lenses! Life savers!!

It will finally be released after a huge amount of work, late 2nd quarter of 2014.

This has truly been a massive project from the 8 cameras working continuously over the 9 days plus the 1DC being used for the 4K video. Audio was captured mostly with a Zoom H1 tucked into my blazer breast pocket to capture the natural sound bites of people walking past. The only thing that was captured away from the balcony. The audio. So I capture the “conversations”.

I have around 3 million+ photographs, many terabytes of 4K video and very importantly lots of audio. All worthwhile though as the material I have captured was well worth the effort and I hope the finished film will do it justice.

This is easily the biggest and most complicated edit I have done. To be totally frank, I completely underestimated how long it would take to create the finished film in’s a tapestry of time-lapse/ video and audio and finding the right mix is challenging.

Then there is the computing power grunt. Something I have been lacking in with only an iMac and MacBook Pros until I recently got a new MacPro. Suddenly everything is way easier and faster to work with. After all this is being edited in native 4K with no proxies which are hard to work with when doing time-lapse editing.

I do need some more real audio snippets for the finished film from Las Vegas which I will capture whilst at NAB in April.

The motion control timelpase rig is the truly amazing and mind bogglingly innovative Cinedrive by Kessler available at

Music is courtesy of The Music Bed
Lost In Translation by AJ Hochhalter

Graded with FilmConvert. 10% with code bloom at

Cameras used in this edit are the 7D and the Nikon D800 for the time-lapse plus the 1DC for the video. Additional cameras used for the full edit are 2x 5Dmk3, 1x 5dMk2. 1x 7Ds, 1 1DMKiV and a 60D.

Audio is from the Zoom H1

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