The Surreal Beauty of a New York Commute in 'Sub City New York'

The Sub City series explores the wonder in the humble experience of exiting the subway through dreamy slow motion and elegant steadicam cinematography. New York-based filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason talk about the inspiration for the project and where they'll film next in an interview with The Atlantic: 

The Sub City project started with our artist/designer friend Jennifer McClory's interest in that moment when you emerge from underground into the bustle of the city above. Each exit we make from the subway is also an entrance into a unique little world. For many of us, that moment can be disorienting, crowded and sometimes frustrating -- a time to put our heads down and to just endure. But we began to think about the beauty in that mundane act -- in that movement from the grimy dark of the subway to the street above. By filming that moment and slowing it down, we realized that we could notice and appreciate the city and the people that give it its unique personality in a way that's hard to experience in real time.

Check out Sub City Paris and read the full interview here.

For more videos by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason, visit http://redglasspictures.com.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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