From Zero to Hero in 31 Days

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Beginning on March 16th and ending on Grand Prix day in Long Beach, my newest film was commissioned by Downtown Long Beach Associates. They wanted a time-lapse film documenting the reclamation of an unused parcel that had been vacant for over a decade.

Unlike my traditional approach to construction time-lapse films, this one was process-oriented in that what you see are snippets of the work that went into transforming this barren locked up space into a vital gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.

Remote Time-Lapse System
My installation platform can be installed just about anywhere and function correctly.

I took a different approach to sound design also, adding crowd noise and other sounds that wouldn’t be happening at a construction site: the sounds of a roller coaster.

Can you pick the scene where those sounds occur?

Lastly, this film was shot over a 31-day period and delivered within 10 days of the last photograph taken. A record performance in that regard, usually post-production takes several weeks after-the-fact.

Construction time-lapse films go from zero to hero. This is no different. At the end we get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of downtown Long Beach with the Queen Mary in the background, lights, shadows, colors and of course The Loop.

Thanks for reading.


Michael Stern

My work depicts, appreciates and honors the people who build. Their specialized equipment and stunning challenges are marvels I behold and get paid to interpret. Hope you enjoy this site.
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