Emerson students honor Boston with one last stunning 4K timelapse video

The project took two years of footage to produce.

Jack Bushell, Jordan Kines, Diego Rosende, and Nick Vigue first made headlines last spring with their stunning 4K helicopter video of the Boston skyline. The four Emerson College juniors followed up with another video featuring serene, birds-eye footage of the Massachusetts coastline last November.

The close-knit group is now preparing to leave Boston (to take advantage of Emerson’s Los Angeles program), but not without first completely their trilogy.

In a three-minute, 4K-resolution video featuring Boston’s sports and civic cornerstones, the filmmaking quartet released their sign-off to the city Monday. As always, watching in full screen (and perhaps with headphones, considering the briefly explicit soundtrack) is highly recommended.


“The team and I feel that we owe Boston this work for having brought us together in the first place,” Rosende told Boston.com in an email Monday.

Insofar as it was a passion project, Rosende says the video was also a massive undertaking.

It features more than 80 timelapses (which required more than 64,000 raw photos, according to Rosende) of the city’s countless local landmarks and two year’s worth of footage, including from the Patriots’ recent Super Bowl parade. The team also worked with the Norwood-based helicopter company Tuckamore Aviation to get those sky-high views.

Their biggest challenge: Boston’s unpredictable weather, of course.

“Standing outside trying to take pictures in 0 degrees is actually a bit harder than it sounds especially when you have to tinker with little buttons on the camera,” Rosende said, adding that it took a series of all-nighters to get the video ready for its release this week.

“Before we take our talents elsewhere, we wanted to finish what we started here and I think this video definitely did that,” Rosende said.

The team’s full slate of films can be viewed on their Vimeo page. And, if you missed them, their previous two scenic Boston videos can be viewed below.