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Valentine to Boston

COM grads’ time-lapse tribute to their favorite city


Erik Rojas and Chris Roewe graduated from BU last month with film degrees and an abiding affection for the city they called home over the past four years.

During their last semester, Rojas (COM’14) and Roewe (COM’14) combined their love of Beantown and their love of filmmaking to produce a five-minute time-lapse video they named Moving Portrait: Boston. Set to music by the band Explosions in the Sky, the project captures scenes of Fenway Park, this year’s Boston Marathon, boats floating in Boston Harbor, and a bustling Comm Ave. Since it was posted on Vimeo June 4, the video has been viewed more than 30,000 times. It got a big boost after being posted on Boston magazine’s website earlier this month.

“I’m in shock because we did it as kind of a personal thing,” says Rojas, who is from Lowell, Mass. “It was challenging at times—shooting in the cold and not being able to hold the camera because our hands were freezing, getting to go to the top of StuVi at 4 a.m. to get the sunrise. But we loved every minute of it.”

The two filmmakers became friends freshman year and have worked together on short films and freelance gigs ever since. Throughout their travels—both studied abroad in Sydney, albeit at different times—they made time-lapse videos and sent them to each other to critique. When both were back on campus last September, Roewe (a Los Angeles native) suggested that they make their first time-lapse together and that the star should be Boston.

They began the project in January, first making a list of quintessential Boston locations, and then adding all the places around the city that had special significance to them. Rojas and Roewe estimate that they spent about 50 hours shooting and editing their homage.

“Since we associated Boston with shots of BU, we shot around campus, different parts of the Charles,” Rojas says. “The project was more about what the city meant to us rather than a tourist video.” Roewe adds that “the biggest challenge was that there were so many shots—it was nearly impossible to cut it down to a five-minute video. I’m sure we missed a few.”

Amy Laskowski

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

4 Comments on Valentine to Boston

  • r.j. page on 06.17.2014 at 9:35 am

    Great work Eric and Chris. As a BU alum now living in another city, it really made me feel close to Boston/BU for that 5 minute period.

  • Taylor Toole on 06.17.2014 at 10:20 am

    Exceptional video. What a great gift to the Boston/BU community!

  • Anamaria Barrasso on 06.17.2014 at 6:45 pm

    Wow!! Magnificent video i would like to use it for my sons memory boxes I’m creating for myself!!! One graduates 2015 them other on 2016!!! Just stunning!!! I love Boston … Love that my kids got to live in this great city!!!
    Thank you for such a gift!

  • Tim Hegan on 06.17.2014 at 8:04 pm

    Gentlemen: You have created a wonderful piece of Art, which appears to be a true heartfelt outpouring of your affection, and talent. Congratulations to both of you on earning your degree(s) here, and thank you!!

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