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A Hollywood timelapse

July 23, 2013

Hollywood, California

By Mario Anzuoni

The timelapse: One GoPro, one magic arm, one plate, one phone GoPro app.

During my usual coverage of entertainment events, I come across a few that are a little bit more unique. Whether that may be the unveiling of a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, a celebrity leaving hand and footprints in cement for eternity, or the world premiere of a blockbuster movie. Events such as these are hyped by the fans, attract large crowds and hundreds of members of the media and are often held in the heart of Hollywood.

My idea for this project was to give a much wider look of the whole scene before, during and after. Therefore not focusing solely on the celebrity but instead placing it into context and giving the viewer a closer idea to exactly what happens during big entertainment events such as these.

I knew that my GoPro camera would be ideal; it was wide enough, it offered me minimal set-up (practically anywhere a magic arm could be attached), just like I did for the Backstreet Boys star where I ended up latching it onto a pipe by the sidewalk.

After explaining my idea to the different PR companies we work with, the response was very positive. They were intrigued, and given the simplicity of the set-up and the discreet appearance, I got the go ahead for a few events, starting with the unveiling of the Backstreet Boys star. Given our location, I had to attach my GoPro to a pipe that was coming out of the sidewalk. It ended up giving me a great perspective of the five boys laying down their star towards the end.

I was also allowed to set up at one of the few ceremonies for hand and footprints in cement. This ceremony was for iconic actress Jane Fonda, where I tried to show the media presence. Then at the premiere of Iron Man 3, which pretty much took over Hollywood Blvd with a major set-up and thousands of fans. The unveiling of the star for Jennifer Lopez was another excellent opportunity to show the whole scene, where fans lined up for two blocks and almost paralyzed an area of Hollywood Blvd. And most recently for the premiere of The Lone Ranger which was held at a unique location, California Adventure Park, where thousands of fans got to see Johnny Depp in the flesh.

Given the positive response, I consider this chapter as an ongoing project with a realm of possibilities.

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