City streets are so dead around the world that it's eerie. In Alberta, the streets are also totally dead and a recent viral video of an empty Calgary captured the mood perfectly. It's hitting Albertans right in the feels and is even getting shout outs from people like the premier and the mayor.
The film, titled Voicemail from 2020, takes us on a drone tour through an empty Calgary, stopping by usually-bustling sites like the Saddledome and Stampede Park.
Released on Vimeo on Thursday, April 30, the video quickly gathered thousands of views. As of Monday, May 4, it's sitting at 40,000 views.
Video-maker Eric González told Narcity he was inspired to make it after taking a walk through the city and missing the things he used to do. After heading home, he launched into the two-week-long project.
The film is accompanied by touching music and voiceover — González said he wrote the script first and took his time searching for the right song that fits. He wrote out the narration like a voicemail to an old friend.
"I just wanted to say that I miss you very much," the narrator says during the film. "I know it hasn’t been that long since we last saw each other, it just feels like forever since we last spoke."
Gonzalez is a Calgary-based filmmaker with a ton of experience filming via drone.
"I wanted to sort of express that longing for those things. But also offer a little bit of hope and thanks to everyone following guidelines," he said.
As for its message, González said that "this too shall pass."
As the video's reach grew over the following days, it even made it to the Twitter feeds of local politicians who said it was a "must watch."
"This is a love letter to our city and to everyone that recognized our collective strength is greater than any external threat," wrote Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Twitter.
"Simply put, it's beautiful."
"We all chose to do that," he said about physical distancing.
"By making the sacrifices or these tough decisions right now it will lead us to be stronger at the end. And I think that's what makes this country and each of our towns what they are."