A Train Comes To Dallas

Added on by Skyler Fike.

This a 15-second short I shot, edited, and uploaded from my iPhone 5s. I was taking a walk yesterday at sunset at the Trinity River and wanted to try and capture the sunset over the tracks, with downtown Dallas at my back to the east. Right as I was going to take the picture, I saw a train coming toward the city where I was standing and so I started shooting the train instead. Inspired by films from the late 1800's and early 1900's, I decided to shoot just a short clip of the train passing by, just 10 or 15 seconds, and add some ragtime music and a title scene to it. The goal was simply to shoot in the same fashion as 1895 film A Train Arrives at the Station ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dgLEDdFddk ) one of the first original films to ever be recorded. The purpose of it being 15 seconds long was simply so I could post it to Instagram. I will probably be shooting more and longer versions of these style shorts on my phone.

Original footage shot from native camera app on my iPhone 5s. I used the apps 8mm and CinemaFXV for IOS to apply the filters, and ReelDirector and Splice for IOS for the editing, text, and music. Start to finish---that is, getting out of my car to walk to the tracks, recording, buying some ragtime music from pianist Scott Joplin, and editing and exporting---it took about an hour or two. I imagine it will go quicker next time, but this was my first experiment in iPhone shooting and editing.

Music: "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin, ca. 1906

Also below are some shots from the train approaching and passing. Edited in vscocam.