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The Making of San Diego Studies: Special Effects Reveal Everyday Patterns by Cy Kuckenbaker

12/17/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker's San Diego Studies, are short films designed to visualize data through internet documentary. By creating short composites of hours of footage, he is able to reveal the unobservable patterns of everyday San Diego.

The project is supported my MOPA San Diego and the San Diego Foundation . For more information about this video please visit and

Watch Cy's "Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color: San Diego Study #3" here:

The source footage for this video is a 4-minute shot from the Washington Street bridge above State Route 163 in San Diego captured at 2:39pm Oct 1, 2013. My aim is to reveal the color palette and color preferences of contemporary San Diego drivers in addition to traffic patterns and volumes. There are no CG elements, these are all real cars that have been removed from one sample and reorganized.

The source footage may be viewed here:

More details on the methodology + are here:

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