January 4, 2011

Andrew Wonder and Steven Duncan's Exhilarating 'Undercity' Explores the Tunnels Beneath New York City

Urban historian Steven Duncan and videographer Andrew Wonder journey into the tunnels underneath New York City in the fascinating and aptly-named Undercity, a 30-minute short shot on a Canon 5D in the city's subway tunnels, sewers, and abandoned subway stations (and on the Williamsburg bridge). Undercity is a highlight of recent DSLR projects, as the small size and low-light capability of these cameras enable this video to be made at all (most of the filming seen here is illegal). The short also includes interviews with the people you might not encounter during a visit to the city: residents of the tunnels themselves. Highly recommended.

Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24 f/1.4 lens, with the Zacuto Rapid Fire, Zoom H4N and a Sennheiser G2 Wireless Lav (since replaced by the newer G3 series, though I also shoot with a G2). More about the project at Undercity.org, NYTimes, and NPR.

[via Gizmodo]

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I watched this at dawn before going to bed and could not stop thinking about the awesomeness of the documentary I had just seen. WAY better than the series of underground city's on History Channel (South America).
A feature would be killer!

January 4, 2011 at 12:45PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM



January 4, 2011 at 8:57PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Alexander Miller

Oh man, what an absolutely awesome documentary.
I know it's the aim of most Doccies to make you feel like you're "there" with them, but they rarely do. This short really did though, it immersed you, because along with our protagonists, the camera needs to hide too, you feel breathless as they (and you, in a sense) hide from the trains behind walls. "believe you're invisible".

Honestly, doccies rarely inspired me before this, but man am I inspired.
I'm a South African, but I'm moving to Chicago for a year or so soon, I hope to be so lucky as to create something of this caliber.
Great share Ryan!

January 5, 2011 at 7:25AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Wow. That guy has got some brass ones.

January 5, 2011 at 6:49PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Really awesome, I don't think there will long before they makes this a turistic point of the city.

January 6, 2011 at 1:39PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Wow, so totally boring! Why does crap like this get so much airplay?

January 7, 2011 at 1:40PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I thought this was great. I could not breath when he was climbing the bridge so I guess I am afraid of high places. This was awesome!

January 28, 2011 at 7:59AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM