'Rear Window' Plays Out in One Impressive Single-Shot Composition

April 3, 2012
Source: SlashFilm

Rear Window

First of all, if you're one of those cinephiles who has some glaring blanks spots in your absorption of film history, Alfred Hitchcock's staple thriller Rear Window should not be one of them. If it that's not the case, get the film as soon as possible and then rejoin the group. Good? All right. Now that you're caught up, you can check out a preview of this masterful piece of work from Jeff Desom who has used Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to craft a 3D model of the apartment complexes in Rear Window and has the film play out in real time as if the viewer was peering into the apartments involved in this classic story. Watch below!

Here's a preview of what Jeff Desom has done with Rear Window, found via SlashFilm:

The video itself is actually a 20-minute video installation and presents the entire film within that time without speeding up any footage at all. Desom explains, "I dissected all of Hitchcock's Rear Window and stiched it back together in After Effects. I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie's plot." You can see an explanation of his work right here. It looks like his hard work paid off though. Cool?

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  • James
    i dont understand what is going on here so becaues I dont understand it im going to say its hot garbage, which it is
  • Dude this is BAD ASS! Wow, I wish there is a way to see the 20 min clip. Thanks for sharing Ethan. 
  • Armeetapus16
    pretty sweet
  • Mickey Geller
    This movie and 12 Angry Men are inspirations to me that you don't need a huge budget or even a million different sets and filming locations to tell a great story and end up with a compelling film - somewhat of a lost art form in my mind.
  • Wow... that was awesome.
  • Yep, that was bingo! On a stills version I was reminded of the clip I attached. Very clever.
  •  My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.
  • erin
    I'm very saddened to admit this is one of my blank spots. I'm sorry Al. I love you. Please forgive me. I'll get right on it. 
    • Why do we fall?
    • My name is Ethan, and I actually wrote this article! But I'm sure Alex appreciates your sentiment just the same!
      • erin
        I meant Alfred. But I'm sorry to you to. Hahaha
  • David Banner
    This was so, which other movies can we do this to? :)
  • 97point6
    Beautiful work, and a great reminder of Hitchcock's brilliance in execution. I've watched Rear Window at least ten times over the years, and until now, wouldn't have been positive as to the exact location of some of the residents. Love this.
    • David Banner
      Yes! That's was my opinion aswell, there was one of the buildings I was not sure was where it was, or if it was some trickery of the camera. I have an idea: The Shining. Or the Overlook Hotel as seen in the film. The rooms don't add up....
  • Max Renn
    It's very cool. But it's time lapse, not real time.
    • ANYF1
      that's correct max renn .. this is time lapse.  as  stated above, the realtime version is 20mins long as this is just a "preview" .. hope this little tidbit of info doesn't detract from the fantasticness of this .. 
  • Weasley
    Wish someone would do this for Hogwarts...
  • wow




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