Those that live in Southern California, or a densely populated area, such as New York City or Washington DC, know the pain of rush hour traffic and that the streets and freeways are never completely empty. Certainly not empty enough to safely skateboard through them.
But in the following video, Urban Isolation, filmmaker Russell Houghton, creates an apocalyptic Los Angeles devoid of cars and people in an eerily silent city that he and his friends ride around in. The inspiration for Russell’s video – well, the terrible L.A. traffic, of course. “My biggest thing about moving to L.A. was the traffic: the traffic’s terrible. So, I was thinking, ‘How cool would it be if traffic didn’t exist?’”
Watch “Urban Isolation”
Russell shot scenes in and around the busy freeways system of L.A. and then edited out the cars in post to create the desolate ghost town feel of the video. In the behind the scenes video, he shows how the filming was completed using a RED camera in a project put together by RED Digital Cinema and The Berrics.
I’m going to watch this video now and pretend my drive tomorrow is going to look just like this freeway. I hate you, 405 South.
Watch the Behind-the-Scenes Video