TORONTO, ONTARIO – Stéphane Legrand, a French videographer and photographer, recently completed an original production, ‘What Up New York’, a time-lapse video of one of his favorite cities in the world, New York City. Legrand created similar videos of Paris and his current location, Toronto. His unique vision and daring shots make for an inspirational piece honoring one of the greatest cities in the United States.
Aerial shots were needed and as Legrand researched drone laws he found that it wasn’t going to be feasible to obtain a drone license. That set another plan in motion. “I wanted to create something different than had ever been done in the past,” said Legrand. “In order to complete my vision the only other solution was to rent a helicopter and a 4K camera.”
The helicopter used was open-air. Legrand and his equipment were strapped in during the flight as he flew over iconic markers, the majestic Hudson and busy streets. “There is no way to describe how great the sensation was as I sat on the floor of the helicopter with my legs dangling above the Empire State Building, while handling my camera” Legrand said. “This was the first helicopter flight of my life and it was an amazing experience. One I’ll never forget when I remember my time in New York City.”
Although there are many time-lapse videos of New York, Legrand’s is unique as he used color grading to bring a more ‘cinema look’ to the video. The result produced vibrant, completely alive footage of the beautiful city.
In a time when New York is the focus of worldly discussions, Legrand captures New York as the strong, resilient city it is.
“Being from Normandy, France, I’ve grown up with a love and fascination with New York City,” Legrand said. “So many French citizens
dream of spending time in New York and I want this video to be a celebration … a tribute to the people that live in this wonderful place.” To view more of Legrand’s work, go to http://stephanelegrand.com/, on Facebook an Instagram. Send an email to Stéphane Legrand.