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“Prague in a Minute”: the art of video conciseness

Many artists—such as architect Mies van der Rohe—have promoted the value that “less is more.” Conciseness is easier said than done, but when it’s done well, it is thrilling. Case in point: Uwe Lansing’s iPhone video postcard of Prague.

As Lansing demonstrates, you don’t need a great deal of time  to capture a place as large as Prague—nearly 200 square miles.


Part of the secret is choosing the details. We count 17 separate images in this short movie, the shots averaging 3 seconds each. There’s also the sequencing of the shots and, of course, the music. Many lessons here whether you’re documenting a big city or a village.

You can see more of Lansing’s work here. And if he should inspire you to shoot a short video about a place that matters to you, we invite you to share it with us. Drop a note to info@mobilemoviemaking.com

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