A Tiny 'Snow Globe' Time-Lapse of Los Angeles

Colin Mika used a variety of tricks to film the sprawling vistas of Los Angeles as if they were inside a tiny snow globe (which is actually a light bulb filled with water)

Colin Mika used a variety of tricks to film the sprawling vistas of Los Angeles as if they were inside a tiny snow globe. The video combines time-lapse photography with a tilt-shift effect, and the globe itself is actually a light bulb filled with water. Paper cutouts create the snowflake and heart shapes in the bokeh (background blur). Look out for the fireworks at around 1:00 for a particularly cool use of the effect.

For more work by Colin Mika, visit http://www.allcutupfilms.com/.

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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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