September 30, 2020

The Riverview Bridge of the North Branch Riverfront Trail was completed in November 2019. Having been Epstein designed and engineered, we've been anxious to see how the warmer spring and summer months open up the possibilities of utilization for walkers, runners, bicyclists and pedestrians of all kinds.

Thankfully to our Marcin Rysniak, design professional, we can get a glimpse of how the multipurpose bridge is not only completing a critical link in the off-arterial trail, but also reintroducing thousands of Chicago residents to the river.

Using his Canon EOS M6 Mark II and a drone ("nothing fancy"), Marcin set out to film Riverview in action. Using a combination of test photos, drone footage, and hand-held shots, it took Marcin about one week to get everything he needed. Not a bad deadline considering the sun, and the shadows it played along the bridge, only gave him about an hour and a half window to shoot each day.

"The initial idea about the video itself was to start from showing the context. Water, nature, people on kayaks and boats - anything bringing people closer to that place without showing the main object, which is the bridge. After that, once I established Riverview, you'll see a mix of tight detail angles, wide shots and drone footage."

Marcin thought Riverview would be the perfect object to film. "The Bridge looks so good from an aerial standpoint. Plus, creating videos is my hobby, and it is an Epstein project, so it was a win-win!"

We're so glad you had fun with the project, Marcin, and were able to capture such stunning views! Marcin would also like to pass along the most important lesson he learned throughout the process: geese can be scary. "Especially when you're sneaking around behind them with a camera." Well noted.

Riverview has been getting quite the amount of recognition recently, having just been selected as the winner in the Infrastructure/Industrial Construction category for the Chicago Building Congress 2020 Merit Awards!

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