Simon Smith

Wonderful London.

This is great.  has done a really nice job of compositing the original footage from 1924’s “Wonderful London” into shots that he created this year. Each shot is matched for position and location, and then using some really solid masking skills blended with today’s footage. It’s a fun way to spend five minutes of your day. For more of the same he has another video featuring London in 1927.

London Then and Now. A Project from Simon Smith and Claude Friese-Greene.

Here is a rather interesting post from Vimeo for Monday. In 1927 cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene, inventor of the Friese-Greene Color process for film cameras traveled to London and shot some extraordinary silent footage of the city. In 2013, as a personal project   has attempted to recreate each of Friese-Greene’s shots. It’s pretty amazing to look at the split screen and see not only how much the city has changed, but how much of it has remained the same.

“During the 1920s, cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene travelled across the UK with his new colour film camera. His trip ended in London, with some of his most stunning images, and these were recently revived and restored by the BFI, and shared across social media and video websites.

Since February I have attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study, that has revealed how little London has changed.”