You thought the only way you were going to revisit Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window was by watching Disturbia and tsking at the dropoff between Jimmy Stewart and Shia LeBeouf, didn’t you? Well, here’s a nice treat: Aided by a nifty helping of ingenuity, artist Jeff Desom built a 3D digital model of the apartment courtyard where Stewart watches all of his neighbors and their daily business. Stitching a number of images together, he composited a single shot that shows everything going on as it would play out in real time, as though you were in the movie yourself watching everything go down. This actually isn’t the full thing, but a "making of" featurette for a video installation that takes about 20 minutes. But it’s still pretty awesome to watch, assuming you’re a fan of technical trickery and old movies. Watch it after the click, via /Film by way of Vulture.
"I dissected all of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and stitched it back together in After Effects," Desom explains on his website. "I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie’s plot." Riveting stuff. The website also lists a number of technical requirement for running the installation, so maybe you can bug Desom about letting you in on the fun should you want to throw the best party of all-time.