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I shot this timelapse as part of the production of 51 Degrees, an independent feature film directed by Greg Richters, due for release in 2012.

This was an incredibly eventful day in the production of this movie. We knew the plan - for a production crew of about 20 people to scale this building at night, with cameras, lighting gear, an electricity generator and lots of red bull! However this soon proved to be more difficult than first envisioned.

The building itself has been derelict since Easter 2007. It's being re-developed in 2012 but currently is locked/boarded-up, lifts unoperable and under constant watch by the security patrol and CCTV cameras. Getting to the top is no easy task and required ladders, avoiding cameras, climbing round the edge of the building into an open window not to mention climbing 30 stories in pitch-black darkness.

Our first attempt to scale the building failed and resulted in anti-terrorism police being called out. At that point it seriously looked unlikely we would make it up. With spirits deflated we returned to the production office, days of planning looked in vain.

Our only chance we decided was to shed most of our gear, taking only the essential items, and for only 3 of us to go instead of 20. We waited 3 hours to return knowing this would be our last chance.

Climbing the building was an experience in itself, an hour and half of climbing stairs - trying to find the right way to the top, but the effort was rewarded by what some say is the best view in London - seen by precious few.

Photographed using a Canon 5D MKII with 14mm f/2.8 lens
Bulb ramping achieved by the 'little bramper' thewhippersnapper.com/LittleBramper/Site/Home.html
Motion control by SkyWatcher Merlin SynScan harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/SkyWatcher_Merlin_SynScan_Goto_AZ_Tabletop_Mount.html

Music is 'Staralfur' by Sigur Ros

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