ABOUT The Film
CITY OF ATHENS is a non-narrative short film, a portrait of a changing Metropolis from filmmaker and award winning photographer Alexandros Maragos. The film is a homage to the capital of Greece and its timeline represents the various periods leading to the city's growth and evolution. From the gorgeous neoclassical building of the Academy of Athens and the architectural trilogy of Panepistimiou street, to the astonishing architecture of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the new modern piazza around it, Athens, despite the financial crisis continues to grow and expand. The film features subtle hyperlapse, timelapse and drivelapse cinematography of the urban area, the skyline and the architecture of "το κλεινόν άστυ" / the glorious city. Shot almost entirely from the highest rooftops, hills and mountains at night, the film explores the urban core, the city center and beyond. CITY OF ATHENS is a wordless cinematic meditation on modern society in one of the world's oldest cities.
CITY OF ATHENS was shot over a period of 90 days between August 2017 and November 2017 almost entirely from rooftops around Athens. One of them was the rooftop of the "General Police Directorate of Attica" known in Greek as ΓΑΔΑ. This was the first time that a shooting permit was granted by the Greek Police to use the rooftop of its headquarters. The short film was made out of 60,000 raw images in 5K resolution and it was shot on the Canon 5D Mark III with Canon L-Series Lenses mostly at 200mm and 400mm. Editing and Grading was done in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. The film was finished for theatrical screening at 4K resolution, 2.20:1 aspect ratio, for the web at 1920x870, 2.20:1 aspect ratio and it is available in 5K resolution. Music is by Tony Anderson.
About the Filmmaker
CITY OF ATHENS was shot, edited, directed and produced by Alexandros Maragos, an Athens based Filmmaker and Photographer known for his diverse and dynamic visual style. In addition to having been featured by important international organizations and publications including NASA and National Geographic, Alex's photography and timelapse imagery has been licensed by some of the biggest brands & corporations in the world.