Finding Portland

Submitted by Brad

Produced 2012 by Uncage the Soul Productions
Ben Canales, John Waller, Steve Engman, Blake Johnson

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Finding Portland was produced, shot, and edited in 51 days during March and April at the invitation of TEDx Portland, where the video was unveiled to a sell out crowd of 650 and met with a standing ovation. Filmed in Portland and the Columbia Gorge, this time-lapse piece offers a new perspective to the City of Roses. From a Portland Timbers season opening soccer game, to the top of the Fremont Bridge, to an aerial shot of Oneonta Gorge, Finding Portland tells the story of a city and its many faces.

Comprised of 308, 829 photographs taken from over 50 unique locations, it took an average of 3.8 hours to make each second of this film. The intent of the project was to place our cameras in unique locations across the city, achieve significant ranges of dynamic camera motion, and pursue cutting edge time-lapse techniques.

Behind the scenes video and photos are posted at

The entire TEDx Portland presentation of Finding Portland by John Waller and Ben Canales will be online in May at

Many thanks to those who supported us in this project including…

Original Music Composition by Peter Bosack

Pro Photo Supply…still and video camera and audio equipment support

Dynamic Perception…motion time-lapse systems

Aerial Technology International…remote aerial video and photography

Cam Block Modular Motion Control

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