VISIT CALIFORNIA: If you were tasked with helming the Golden State's visitor-welcoming office, how would you go about encapsulating all of the good stuff found here? We mean, is "encapsulating" even the right word? It sounds impossible, for a place like California, and it probably is. But creating a highly visual love letter of sorts is probably a wise route to take, as long as that route includes Yosemite and the cities and the beaches and a few surprises. Filmmaker Ryan Killackey recently released a short, picture-rich, California-loving film that our state's visitor office has made its official film. It's called "Imagine California," and it is spectacular, but Mr. Killackey went one better. Actually, make that two: He created time-lapse-y treats for both Southern and Northern California, in two separate videos.
THE NORCAL VALENTINE... just debuted, and it is sure pretty. Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay, the Chandelier Tree, and, yep, a certain city by the bay are all prominently featured in time-lapsean glory. There's some tilt-shift goodness going down, too, which lends the proceedings a vaguely whimsical air. (Which, really, California possesses.) Can you spy your favorite place? And if you had a year or so and some top-notch equipment, could you snap some 300,000 photos and create three distinct videos from that wealth? Sounds like a pretty mammoth task, indeed, but, after all, we're the state with Mammoth on the map. In California, all things can be done. Someone add that to our official motto folder, state.