Have you ever seen Christmas in a crystal ball?


Christmas is already well behind us, but you’ll want to watch this little portrait of Vienna anyway, if only for the neat trick that was used to create it!

This little video shows the vibrant atmosphere in the city of Vienna, Austria, during Christmas. The makers write:

There are hardly any countries, where christmas is as beautifully celebrated as in Austria. People decorate their houses, streets are illuminated by thousands of lights and there are lots of markets, called “Christkindlmarkt”, where you can buy sweets, wooden toys and drink hot punch. In this time of the year Vienna transforms into one magical christmas town.

Not content with just showing happy people and Christmas trees, FilmSpektakel used a great trick to enhance the footage and turn what would otherwise be regular timelapse footage into something really special. The effect of filming through a crystall ball is very similar to tilt-shift but throws in some additional perspective changes. I especially like the fact that they left in the blurry background as well, as the colorful lights really help to enhance the overall feel of the movie.

If you liked this video, you might want to have a look at this timelapse of Los Angeles, which was filmed using the same technique and which was the inspiration for FilmSpektakel’s Vienna video.

And for those who, like me, had no idea how they did it, there are a few behind-the-scenes photos of the setup with the glass ball that will surely be enlightening.


Have a look, and share your thoughts: would you use this trick?

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