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'Angel City' time-lapse video tours viewers through nighttime Los Angeles



"Angel City" time-lapse video that takes viewers on a tour of nighttime Los Angeles.
Sunchaser Pictures (via Vimeo)

A new time-lapse video taken around Los Angeles, "Angel City," takes viewers around L.A. in sped-up nighttime shots over the course of four minutes.

The video shows local landmarks including the Griffith Observatory, the downtown L.A. skyline, the Paramount Pictures studios and downtown's 2nd Street Tunnel (often seen in commercils and films). It also features several first-person shots going through L.A. streets.

The video is set to music from the 1995 L.A. crime classic "Heat" with a song by composer Elliot Goldenthal, performed by the Kronos Quartet. The music may help evoke L.A. for those who know the city, with the film shot locally, including an epic shootout in downtown.

It was shot by independent filmmaker Gavin Heffernan for his own Sunchaser Pictures. He's made a name for himself with his time-lapses, as well as writing and directing feature films, shorts and commercials.

The "Angel City" video was shot between Sept. 4 and Sept. 11, which Heffernan writes was aided by light from the most recent Supermoon.

You can watch more of Heffernan's time-lapse videos below, shot around Southern California at locaitons including Death Valley, Borrego Springs and Joshua Tree:

Death Valley timelapse

Borrego Springs timelapse

Joshua Tree timelapse

If you want to make your own time-lapse videos, try the new Hyperlapse app; click here to learn how to use Hyperlapse and take a sped-up tour of KPCC's studios.