Time-Lapse Video Shows One Month at the Port of Long Beach in Less Than Three Minutes

Orange County filmmaker Alex Hallajan spent a month using his cameras at various locations throughout Long Beach to time-lapse the loading and unloading of goods, the trucking and packing, the going and coming at the Port of Long Beach.

The result is captivating.

With clockwork-like efficiency, we see that the generally simple idea of bringing goods to and from one location is a massively complex process.

“With time-lapse and filmmaking in general,” Hallajan told Longbeachize, “there’s a need to film subjects that haven’t been approached yet. The Port is pretty inaccessible yet very interesting. Thankfully I know someone there and they approached me with an idea to do a small time-lapse. The project grew from there… After almost a year of trying, an opportunity came up and it worked out.”

“The Art of Stevedore”—stevedore is the term for those who load and unload cargo from a dock—was born. The various camera locations were, for the most part, places Hallajan specifically chose.

“Some ideas I couldn’t do but weren’t feasible without disrupting the work going on,” Hallajan said. “For others, like inside the cab of the crane, I waited a long time to be able to do. I actually just shot that a few days before finalizing the piece.”

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.