Documenting the Devon Tower Construction

October 6th, 2009

With the commencement of construction of Oklahoma City’s newest skyscraper – Devon Tower – I think it is important to formulate a strategy for how we (as a city) are going to document the skyline changing effects of the beautiful new structure. I would like to point out the advantages of a time-lapse construction video. Hopefully Devon can spare a few grand and get some energetic local film students involved to make this happen. Or maybe it will be more of a grass-roots effort of individual hobbyist. There are no re-takes on this people. We need to start filming now!

Anyway, below is a selection – from best to worst – of time lapse construction videos to get people thinking about the possibilities with the Devon tower. You probably won’t watch them all, but at least watch the first few. All it takes is a camera and a dream. Make it happen.



SPIRE DENVER

This time lapse is quite impressive. The music is a nice addition, but what is really impressive are the panning and zoom aspects of the video. To pan in time lapse requires a specialized setup with a slow, smooth moving motorized mount – and in this case required the schedule of the pan to coincide with construction as the building was raised up. Ideally, our Devon time lapse would feature multiple perspective points each employing these techniques.





EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER

Incredible! The greatest five-day creation accomplishment since the big man said “let there be light”!





F/A-18F SUPER HORNET

Clearly not a building. Still, proves the value of a high-quality video that blends shots of individual components being built and tracks the progress of the entire project. If we did something like this for Devon Tower it would be brilliant.





SHINJUKU SKYSCRAPERS

Very high production value… ;)





THE HOOVER DAM

An oldie but a goodie.





ELEVEN TIMES SQUARE

Solid.





AL HAMRA TOWER IN KUWAIT

This is okay. Notice that without a smooth, motorized panning setup you get jerky transitions in angle and zoom. Plus, it doesn’t show the end, but rather cuts to a rendering of the building.





Roppongi Hills

This video would benefit from background music and a few more smog free days of construction.




One response

  1. Shane comments:

    Please let ours have commentary and graphics as good as the Shinjuku one… I love the Japanese… haha

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