A city … in a suitcase?

Here’s a really lovely spot that was brought to my attention via the people at CreativePool. It’s called City In A Suitcase, and was done by A+C Studios – they do a lot of stop-motion work, and so were a good fit for the project.

There’s also a great ‘making of’ video that can give you an insight into how it was done. There’s a really lovely feel to the paper craft look, something that director Dan Richards was particular interested in using, with the integration of the live action footage into the piece using a process called ‘pixellation’ – not a term I’d come across before, but essentially shooting the live action footage on fours so that you get the choppy feel to the movement of the hands, so it’s less jarring when integrated with stop-motion shot on twos. There’s a little vfx magic going on, with elements like the planes added from blue screen footage, but the vast majority is in-camera. Really great piece.

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Drone Flights and Fireworks

One thing that I have stumbled across – and am eagerly awaiting the release of – is the new drone from Parrot. Called Bebop it’s got HD video and all that jazz, but even more interestingly, it’s got support for the Oculus Rift.

Which is, frankly, bonkers.

It’s the first drone product that has genuinely grabbed me as ‘something that I want to own’, although I’m also desperate to know what song they use in the video for it (answers on a postcard! Or preferably, in comments below).

And when I have my drone, I wonder if I’ll be brave enough to take it through a fireworks display, as one enterprising chap from Florida did recently. Some of the footage he captured is astonishing. At least I won’t have to strap a GoPro to my Bebop in order to get similar shots.