Get the biggest screen you can find (IMAX would not be inappropriate if you’ve got the nerd cred with the Natural History Museum), and speakers cranked just below where the neighbours call the cops. Whatever screen size you’ve got…make sure to maximize the video before you play. Trust me.
At 2:41 as we rush towards the Santa Monica Pier, didn’t you unconsciously reach for your seat belt…?
This video was made under the direction of Colin Rich, who lives in LA and has done a series of three such videos (the original links may be found here). The video, for Rich, is part of his process of making peace with the living, breathing organism that is Los Angeles. He speaks about the difficulties obtaining these images: his crew was chased through the streets, threatened with trespassing, heckled. But,
“…I discovered that this city is much more than temperate weather, palm trees, pretty girls, and beaches; to me the true beauty behind the city lies hidden on the other end of a rusted fire escape to a view no one else has seen.” -Colin Rich
Though I have never lived in LA, I know what he means..about making peace with the place. The City is a world to its own. My first trip to LA consisted of a day of dusty steamy hot sidewalks and an unsettling feeling of anonymity that even New York City was unable to impose upon me. Later that night, I huddled warily in the international terminal of LAX for a flight to Hanoi while Mos Eisley erupted to life around me.
In trips since, I have made friends in Marina Del Rey, gone on a date on Abbot Kinney Blvd., eaten at the farmers market in Santa Monica, and gotten hopelessly lost at the Getty after trying to walk to the entrance. (If you’ve been to the Getty enough, you will surely realize what a stupid idea this was. I was trying to save the $10 for the parking lot. No free rides here, son.) And somewhere in all that, I got to visit the giant donut. Awesome coffee there at Randy’s.