June 30, 2004
Sam Raimi's Big Idea
Okay, so Sam Raimi’s idea might seem flaky…
The proposal: Position cameras above all major American cities and shoot one frame — a 24th of a second of film — each day at noon. The frames would be strung together gradually to create a continuous chronicle of each city’s development.
“It’s the same idea of all time-lapse photography, but over an outrageous amount of time,” Raimi told The Associated Press in an interview to promote “Spider-Man 2.” “So you could watch the city of Los Angeles rise, and maybe an earthquake might come in 300 years or a tidal wave.”
…but how cool would it be it someone had started this 50 years ago? It would be fascinating to see the last half-century of human habitation in LA — ooh, or Detroit, I wanna see Detroit — condensed like this.
Is he imagining a satellite, though, or just a camera bolted to the top of a hill?
I think the aerial view would be more interesting — maybe it could be a blimp or a balloon or something, not a satellite — ‘cause you’d really get to see the macro patterns of growth, the rings of development (leaving orbits of decrepitude in their wake).
It’s all very Long Now, you know?