Dimension Reflection timelapse movie.
Dimension Reflection is the fifth and final movie in my Bagan timelapse pentalogy. This movie explores the realms of reflections, using 2, 4, 8 and 16 reflections. To add to the surreal effect of it all I used my blending technique as applied in TimeBlend and TimeScape. No plugins or filters were used for these mirror effects. I created masks in Illustrator and templates in After effects. By moving and rotating the footage within that mask I created the motion for these mirror images. Hand-made, lot of work..
It had been on my mind for many years to do a movie like this. I used to make stills like this in Photoshop. But since Michael Shainblum already did 2 fantastic mirror-timelapes of modern cities, I wanted to do something as far away from that as possible. At Bagan I realised it would be ideal. His subject: A modern day abstract concrete city full of artificial lights and motion, versus my subject: An ancient city of temples in the desert with almost no light or motion.
Knowing the footage wasn’t very suitable for these kind of effects, I accepted the challenge anyway. By keeping the video square, it gave me a different creative freedom and allowed to create other kinds of visuals. It was pretty complicated to set up the templates correctly, but after that I only had to replace the footage and create new keyframes. Since the mask only shows a small portion of the footage, I had to animate the part I wanted to show within that mask. Anyway, what do you think of it?
If you ever plan on visiting Myanmar, please be sure to spend your money at the smaller local-run businesses. It really helps support the local people and their families. Please care.
I already shot the timelapse files for other projects, so I didn’t use Gear used to capture footage. I had it from the start.
Bridge for image viewing / organizing
Photo Mechanic for quick image viewing
Starstax for image blending (star-trails)
After Effects for creating mirror-clips and editing final movie
Dimension Reflection Music
‘Grid is Down’ by Bradfort Nyght