In 1953, Alfred Hitchcock and his Hollywood crew flew to a small French Canadian town called Quebec. There, they filmed one of the “Master of Suspense” most underrated movies: “I, Confess”.
Hitchcock said he chose Quebec City mostly for convenient reasons. It was a perfect substitute for his beloved Paris with its Gothic churches and Old World charm. The French Canadian city was a cinematic natural.
Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec is one of the oldest cities in North America and definitely has a European feel to it.
More than 30 years after the filming of “I, Confess”, I developed a fascination for Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful and masterful movies. I was thrilled and surprised to find out that he shot one of them in my hometown, for the most part not very far from where I lived as a young boy. It inspired me to rediscover my city.
Armed with my camera and a good winter coat, I braved the frozen winter months and began filming scenes of my own. With Hitchcock’s movie soundtracks in my headphones, I walked every street and looked everywhere for the perfect point of view of Quebec. What came out of my quest was my first time lapse video.
An homage to “Hitch” but also an homage to my hometown “La Vieille Capitale”.
/ Technical Info
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 24 II, Canon 135, Canon 70-200
It’s been almost a year since I started my journey into time-lapse photography. This project has been an ongoing process for about 6 months. There was a lot of trial and error involved, and I spent many sleepless nights in many different unexpected places. Creating this film has taught me about patience, and what it really takes to achieve the shot that you dream about in your head. I realized through the process that the gear isn't as important as the passion you put within your work.
This short video is called EXISTENCE. The video is a statement not only about time and progression, but also a statement about the world we have created for ourselves. The basis of the video contrasts the two extremes of life itself: the urban metropolis, and the beauty outside the city. I love to stargaze. Watching the milky-way float across the sky is one of the most therapeutic experiences I have ever felt. If you haven’t experienced it, then I strongly recommend taking the time to do so.