Professional photographer and videomaker Geoff Tompkinson has been developing a new time-lapse technique over the last few years called HyperZoom™. His latest one on Singapore shows it in its full potential!
Remember his first HyperZoom video on Atlantis? A seamless journey on some of the most famous spots of Singapore, looking like a 3 minute long continuous shot. Sit back, strap-in and enjoy a HyperZoom flight around Singapore!
Get to know our friend Geoff Tompkinson in our latest interview on travelling the world as a time-lapse photographer
And now a few words on this video, directly from Geoff:
HyperZoom™ is a technique I have been developing over the last few years. It enables full resolution virtual flights throughout a scene and between locations with no loss of visual continuity along the route – in other words no visible cuts.
Clearly a viewer can imagine that there is some form of cut as the camera passes through a window but other than that the transitions between disparate locations are completely invisible.
The camera itself never actually moves during a shot (no rail, no crane, no drone etc). All movement is created in virtual 3-D space inside Adobe After Effects where the camera follows a smooth flight path through a complex 4-dimensional puzzle.
The result is the ability to link locations within a building, town or whole country into a single point of view flight.
HyperZoom™ Singapore was produced with no budget as a second promotional film to showcase the capabilities of the technique. In comparison to my earlier releases HyperZoom™ Hallstatt and Atlantis HyperZoom™ this one has further developed the immersive feeling as the camera flies past and around things within the scenes.
Singapore HyperZoom™ was planned and shot over a four day period at the end of April this year. The post production took a little over five weeks and involves many many After Effects compositions each with huge number of layers and hundreds of masks. The compositions are then compounded by being nested inside each other so the virtual camera can traverse them all as if they were one.