A super-8 film cartridge lasts 3 minutes and 20 seconds. So I set out in 1981 to shoot a film consisting of four 3-min-20-sec shots. And to have each shot be a 360 degree pan. (Back in those days, I was obsessed with long takes.)
Each shot thus consists of a single pan around a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, spot I found of some interest:
1. Parkview Shopping Center, rotating "Heart of Tuscaloosa" sign. Located on 15th Street, next to a bakery, across from Central High School. I don't think they call it Parkview Center any more. Might still be the heart of Tuscaloosa, though.
2. "I'm Still Waiting" graffiti by Rich Marks, at the end. Located in a vacant lot on the northwest corner of 12th Avenue and 8th Street. It starts with a view of Stadium Apartments and shows Bryant-Denny Stadium (before 1980s-2010s expansions), University Presbyterian Church, and the student ghetto as it looked before gameday condos took over the area.
3. Union 76 gas station, with mural. Located at 10th Street (now Bryant Drive) and 10th Avenue (now Wallace Wade Avenue). The station is where Rama Jama restaurant is now, across Wade Avenue from the stadium.
4. Downtown Tuscaloosa. Located on Greensboro, midway down the block between 6th and 7th Streets. You catch a bit of the Bama Theatre marquee, First National Bank building (now Tower Luxury Apartments), and the Capri Theatre sign, before coming to rest on the entrance to the former City Hall (a sign on the door says, "This is not City Hall").
Producer, director, cinematographer, and "editor": Jeremy Butler.
Super-8 film, 13 min.