City of Samba

The creators of this piece, the footage for which was captured during Rio’s 2011 Carnaval, are Jarbas Agnelli and Keith Loutif. The process is called “tilt/shift,” but it’s obviously a mixture of real footage and miniature-simulating stop-motion/CG/whatever. The fascinating thing is that you can’t always tell where the action leaves off and the tilt/shift tweaking begins. Take the real world and make it look fake — what a concept!

14 thoughts on “City of Samba

  1. mrtstanz on said:

    I believe it’s all real. They used a photographic process called tilt shift, which gives the impression of an image being a miniature:

    Fincher used this the race scene in Social Network.

  2. *FACE PALM*

    Soon as I saw the preview image I knew Jeff had shown he was ignorant of the process (ironic because, as mrtstanz points out, it was used in his Oscar fave of last year, SOCIAL NETWORK). But even before that it was used in the opening sequence of “Dollhouse.”

  3. “The fascinating thing is that you can’t always tell where the action leaves off and the tilt/shift tweaking begins”

    Kinda like this post now.

  4. Huh? That lead-in makes absolutely no sense. I suspect Jeff has very little understand what tilt/shift is. It’s ALL real footage. No miniatures, no CGI. Just a little time lapse photography with copious amounts of blur filter.

    I suspect we’ll be seeing an edit soon.

  5. i only watched a few seconds, but, yes, all real.

    common. you can find gobs of stuff like this. search for tilt/shift (timelapse) video

    the timelapse helps make it weird looking.

  6. Isn’t the Philip Glass music to lend portentous weight to documentaries a bit played at this point? Had flashbacks to Koyaanisqatsi throughout.

    Still, the process is fascinating and hypnotically watchable. Don’t understand Wells’ scoffing. “Take the real world and make it fake,” uh, yeah, that’s abstraction. It’s what makes shit like black and white film, Radiohead and de Kooning so good.

  7. How does one post on the internet for a LIVING and not know about tilt-shift? Stuff’s been around for years already, EVERY geek/tech website has featured it forever.

    PSSST- those 360 degree shots in the Matrix? ALSO NOT CGI. Just creativity.


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