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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