Fractal Zoom of NYC

Just back from the cinema having seen Limitless, the new Bradley Cooper movie about a guy who (down on his luck) takes a pill that opens up his brains potential to 100%

The film was pretty good, some great ideas and a neat plot, but the thing that stayed with me was the cinematography. The opening sequence uses a technique called ‘fractal zoom’ whereby the camera continues zooming in and in and in and in, in an infinite zoom effect. Hard to explain this so better watch said scene on YouTube to understand. Note how the camera flies in through taxi windshields and under scaffolding poles in one continuous zoom, an effect which should be impossible. The camera trickery is explained here in an interview with the FX guys.

Video at Vimeo

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New York Timelapse

This is a remarkable work of art. The hours and effort that must have went in to create this New York City time-lapse leave me in awe. It captures the essence of such a frenetic city so well and the choice of song works brilliantly too. Brings back lots of great memories from holidays past. What an amazing city!

Credit: Mindrelic

Music: ‘Down To The Cellar’  by Dredg

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