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Seven-Minute Rush

A heart-breaking commute of staggering longness, conveniently sped up to approach levels of tolerability.

  • Ryan Godfrey
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 6
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Director Biography - Ryan Godfrey

An admitted movie nerd with proclivities for the increasingly hard-to-find but as-yet still important nonsuperhero genre, Godfrey is product manager for a small software firm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and six-year-old hair stylist in West Philadelphia.

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Director Statement

Seven-Minute Rush was commissioned for a program called "7-UP: Rush" at the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House in February 2015. Seven participants were asked to present for seven minutes on various meanings of the word "Rush." Most people gave short talks about their topics; I chose to make a film about my work commute using my phone. The result is my first film with, like, titles and captions and a soundtrack and stuff.

The submitted film is a modified and hopefully improved version of what was presented as a first draft at Kelly Writers House in February and has not been screened publicly or online.

Seven-Minute Rush was shot entirely on my iPhone 6. The commute footage was shot using the Hyperlapse app at 12x normal speed, with the phone "mounted" to my dashboard using a rickety bent coat hanger rig. The admittedly goofy stop-motion palate cleanser comprises 450 phone stills at 15 fps; I fixed the phone to some rulers attached to plastic cups over a "green-screen" work area (construction paper). The film was assembled and edited on a Mac mini using Pixelmator and iMovie.

The jaunty song is "Mr. P.C." by noted Philadelphian John Coltrane, recorded in 1959.