Tokyo Run

Timelapse of the Day – August 1, 2012

Let’s start our 2nd full month off with something really different!  This beautifully crafted 90 second short uses tiny bits of timelapse throughout.  Take your eyes on an amazing visual journey set sometime in the future as one unknown individual attempts to gain access to the mainframe.

The micro-length animation is a companion piece to the forthcoming short Return to the City. Although the two story-lines are self contained both films are part of the Paradigm Flux universe and lay down the foundations for the main story.

The film is designed for repeated viewings and contains more to it than may first appear. Full details can be found in this post –

Thanks to Samuel Cockedey for letting me loose – once again on his amazing time-lapse photography.

Preview of Return to the City collaboration with Samuel can be found here


Tokyo Run features the time-lapse photography of Samuel Cockedey and the design, animation and audio of Paul Frankland (Woob). Although the ‘Run’ is based in a futuristic ‘old Tokyo’ It uses buildings and images from 3 major cities around the world. The simple animation was created in Cinema 4d then projected and filmed off a variety of different surfaces to roughen it up and to contrast against the slick-ness of the Time-lapse. A lot of the sound design was created using everyday objects. Other more musical effects were created by chopping up and processing the original 24bit files contained on the real version of the keycard depicted in the film. More information on Samuels time-lapse creation process can be found here: