Behind the scenes with the "Matrix" look

George Chatzakis is an advertising and fashion photographer based out of Greece. For the last Porcelana ad campaign, George used a bunch of small point and shoot cameras to get that "matrix" style effect where multiple camera angles are capturing in the exact same moment in time. It's a really cool, and expensive, trick you have probably seen on MTV or on the big screen. The little bit of talking in this video is in another language but I think there is still a lot to be taken from watching this short video. Hope all our American readers are having a good holiday weekend!

Porcelana - Making Of from Real Creations on Vimeo.

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any idea what software they used in post to get the final product, Photoshop extented?

Holy cow this is insanely ambitious. So glad there are artists out there willing to go all out.

Shooting is the easy part, I am curious how long it takes them to just edit one of the scenes! Crazy.

Great video.

I'd be interested in knowing which software has been used to remove the "bumpiness" of sequences.

I had The Matrix DVD when I was in high school (ca 2001) and was totally blown away when I watched the behind the scenes featuring Bullet Time (this frozen motion pan around effect). I bought a box of disposable cameras off of eBay and had friends hold them about the same height. Then I had an actor jump off a bench and I counted 3... 2... 1... and everyone snapped their photo. I was in high school so I had very limited editing knowledge and funds, but it was a fun sequence nonetheless.

My guess is they used After Effects to track the motion and to stabilize the shots. Very fun stuff, I love seeing this.

Super cool video! Makes me wish I had a hundred cameras. Would be nice to know the software and how would you go about triggering them all at the same time?

I'd also be interested in knowing which software has been used. By the way, does anybody have a hundred cameras laying around and don't need them anymore?

I answered the software question but I guess the moderators didn't like the rest of my comment!

I'd use Deshaker for Virtualdub.
It's a little tricky to use but if you get it right it's just perfect.
The shots have no destinct rotation point, so comparing full frames will work better than tracking features in AE.