Continuum City reconstructs the cinematic construction of the chase scene. The SpaceTime Map localizes all camera positions and focal planes in real space while merging the different city fragments together.
The San Fernando Valley is home to over 1.7 million people and covers an area of approximately 900 square kilometers. De facto part of the Los Angeles metropolitan
area it is dominated by a suburban street grid and single family houses. Branches of the LA River historically drew through the valley but are now bordered in concrete channels which intersect the grid at various angles. Usually dry - these channels
contain the flood water in case of heavy rainfall.
The iconic chase scene in James Cameron`s Terminator - Judgment Day (1991) was filmed within these channels in disparate locations around the valley while the edited scene constructs a continuous chase along a single coherent trajectory. The
exchangeability of the uniform backdrop fosters cinematic spatial constructs such as protagonists entering under one bridge and emerging in a completely different place after the cut.
The point is that the cinematic construct is a critique of the banality of suburban space. It literally cuts it apart, removes certain parts, stretches or compresses certain parts and reassembles it to create an augmented and thrilling virtual reality.
Continuum City reconstructs the cinematic construction of the chase scene. The SpaceTime Map localizes all camera positions and focal planes in real space while merging the different city fragments together. In a second step the TimeSpace Map sequences all takes in order of appearance. The distance between the first and the last take is kept the same as in the SpaceTime Map which means that slow motion takes stretch the corresponding space and vice versa.
The Shadow Maps are variations which highlight the constant change of geographic direction.