Thanks to LAist for turning me on to this little gem. Filmmaker Ryan Killackey and his wife spent more than a year capturing 10,000 images of California to create this quintessential story of life in the Golden State, told in less than three minutes. Who says great storytelling is easy?
The tilt-shift photography—in which life-size settings and subjects are rendered as miniature-style models through camera manipulation—breathes new life into some overly familiar California imagery. (You can check out some other amazing tilt-shift still examples here.)
Personal favorites among the images in this short film include a Griffith Observatory swarming with ant-like tourists, and the fireworks show at Disneyland with Tinkerbell flitting in and out like a mosquito. The closing image is simple and sublime. And the music is perfect.