City of Athens is a non-narrative short film by filmmaker and award-winning photographer Alexandros Maragos, that pays homage to Greece’s capital, painting the portrait of a changing Metropolis. It features hyperlapse, timelapse and drivelapse cinematography of Athens’ urban area, skyline and architecture. Shot over a period of 90 days – almost entirely at night – from rooftops, hills and mountains, the film explores the city’s center, urban core and beyond. The hyperlapse technique was used in a very subtle way to simulate the camera movement of long dolly, tracking and helicopter shots. City of Athens was made out of 60,000 raw images in 5K resolution, and it has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its visuals. The film has also screened at some of the most important cultural venues in Athens, including the Onassis Cultural Centre and the Cultural Center Hellenic Cosmos.

City of Athens - a short film by Alexandros Maragos
City of Athens - a short film by Alexandros Maragos
City of Athens - a short film by Alexandros Maragos
City of Athens - a short film by Alexandros Maragos

Music by Tony Anderson