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Timelapse of the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Stage Construction

By Hanssie on February 3rd 2015

The Super Bowl is now over, the Patriots have been crowned the victors, but the Internet is still a buzz about the event that was watched by an average of 114.4 million viewers per minute. Given that the game was won in the last seconds by an interception Internet buzz isn’t surprising, but the big buzz is coming from the halftime show and the surprising breakout stars: the dancing sharks.

For me, I have no real buy-in for the game, since I am not a pro football fan, so each year, I watch the Super Bowl for three things: 1. The people who sing the National Anthem before the show; 2. The commercials and 3. The Half Time show.

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This year, the half time show was highly anticipated with Katy Perry headlining. In an extravaganza which highlighted a few of her catchy pop songs, Katy was joined on stage by Missy Elliot, Lenny Kravitz and also some dancing sharks that took the Internet by storm (Google ‘Left Shark’ if you don’t know what I’m talking about). That part of the show was the part that everyone in my house at least stop talking and playing around and gave it their full attention. The stage was pretty spectacular, created by computer graphics and had stunning 3D effects. If you haven’t seen the half time show, watch Katy ride in on a lion (tiger?) and watch the stage change around her.

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The timelapse below was put together by The Post Game and shows, in about a minute, the logistics behind the extravagant and high tech stage. It’s fascinating to me the amount of behind the scenes people it takes to put together a show, moving at a very rapid pace – a little slower than the timelapse, but not by much – for a 10 minute show where one star gets to really shine. Well, one star and an errant shark.

This video highlights some of the true stars of the show.

Watch the Super Bowl Half Time Show Stage Construction Timelapse

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  2. Cha

    i’m more interested in that dancing shark

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  3. Eric Mazzone

    I’m more interested in the behind the scenes from during the show. Like how they modified things during it.

    Still pretty cool.

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  4. David Hall

    So creative how they get this done so quickly and efficiently.

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