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Tilting the Streets of San Francisco (Gravity Illusions on Hills Dance)

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Published on Jun 8, 2015

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Created by Ross Ching & Karen X. Cheng
Ross got the idea for this video after seeing some photos with the "tilted camera" effect on steep streets. Since San Francisco is so hilly, it was the perfect city for this idea. The week before we filmed this, we ran all around San Francisco looking for steepest streets we could find (and gained some killer calve muscles).

The hardest part was coming up with ideas that made the gravity illusion look good - we tried lots of stuff that we thought would look good but didn't work for various reasons (balloons got blown away, pouring water wasn't visible enough on camera, moonwalking looked weird at an angle). Our favorite effect is the pendulum!

Music: I Don't Feel Like Dancin' By Scissor Sisters

Cast:
Karen X. Cheng, Ross Ching, Laura Kirkeby, Cayman Santoro, Robin P. Zander, James Carr-Nelson, Karen Lovendahl, Eric Maize, Jerry Gabra, Siobhan Maycraft-Grihalva, Brent Grihalva, Randi Acton, Jose Lopez, Ellie Ostroff, Trav Stanton, Annegret Steioff, Eric Tippett

Thanks to Cameron Mark Lewis for casting help http://coffeeandcatchup.com

Thanks for helping with gravity illusion ideas:
Rosa Lee, Oliver Emberton, Mustafa Khan, Christian Thurston, Doc Pop, Benjamin Von Wong, Nikolay Valtchanov, Tristan Zier, Alex Ting

Inspired by Dan Ng's photos: http://www.pbase.com/dang_57/the_stre...

Locations: Potrero Hill (22nd St), Nob Hill (Taylor St), Dolores Heights (Hill St), Alamo Square

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