The City of Samba
February 26, 2012 4:13 AM   Subscribe

The City of Samba—Tilt shift of the Carnaval party in Rio de Janeiro.
posted by atomicmedia (19 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Trying to parse the meaning of a city of Windows filesharing was an interesting, if brief, mental exercise.

And, for what it's worth, I don't care if they're over-done, I love tilt-shift movies. And this is a really good one.
posted by Malor at 4:22 AM on February 26, 2012

I am really a sucker for tilt-shift. I kept expecting Godzilla to march out of the surf.
posted by Samizdata at 5:51 AM on February 26, 2012

This one had everything I could have possibly wanted.
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:54 AM on February 26, 2012

Obligatory can-we-stop-calling-this-tilt-shift-when-there's-no-shift-involved post. Also, get off my lawn.
posted by Venadium at 5:55 AM on February 26, 2012

Holy crap that was amazing. Also, at 4:40, are those... Stormtroopers?!?!

Could someone non-crankily explain the tilt shift / not tilt-shift thing?
posted by DarlingBri at 6:16 AM on February 26, 2012

That was great! What a glorious concentration of creativity!

(I'm also curious about the tilt-shift/non-tilt-shift debate, but whatever it is I always enjoy it.)
posted by sundaydriver at 6:20 AM on February 26, 2012

Much in the way that crossing the Atlantic by zeppelin is superior to aeroplanes, the general beef with technically calling things Tilt-Shift; is that 'basic digital postprocessing techniques can give results similar to those achieved with tilt, and afford greater flexibility, such as choosing the region that is sharp and the amount of blur for the unsharp regions. Moreover, these choices can be made after the photograph is taken.' wiki

i.e. An artist can forego expensive / finicky hardware by opting to use software to create a very similar effect. For our purposes we could call it Tilt-threadShift instead of Tilt-Shift.
posted by isopraxis at 6:41 AM on February 26, 2012

posted by atomicmedia at 6:48 AM on February 26, 2012

This is wonderful!!! I love the way this video was shot and put together! Its like taking a second, entirely new look at something.

I just got back from Carnaval so I paused the video a bunch of times to look for my towel on the beach or face in the crowd... then I read the description where it says they filmed this for the 2011 carnaval...oops.
posted by nzydarkxj at 7:57 AM on February 26, 2012

That's the best Tilt Shift I've seen in a while. Excellent work!
posted by novenator at 8:19 AM on February 26, 2012

Trying to parse the meaning of a city of Windows filesharing was an interesting, if brief, mental exercise.

I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who's immediate thought was "what does Rio have to do with open-source CIFS emulation?"
posted by octothorpe at 8:25 AM on February 26, 2012

Well, of course the tilt shift (or whatever) is always cool, but the colours in that parade were really something. Fricking beautiful.
posted by Trochanter at 8:26 AM on February 26, 2012

I liked it, but why no samba?

are those... Stormtroopers?!?!

Yes and yes
posted by hydrophonic at 9:29 AM on February 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Enjoyed this... very nice. But missing one thing: Samba music!
posted by ecorrocio at 10:39 AM on February 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

Hm, the style of video reminds me of that one that guy made about Sydney. Hm, Keith Loutit--same guy? Yes indeed. Glad to see he's still making these.
posted by A dead Quaker at 11:18 AM on February 26, 2012

Very good point a few of you have made about the lack of samba! Kind of ironic...

Aside from that, I do think the music is a really good fit for the style of really sets the mood well.
I wonder if they felt samba didnt fit well because the videos were in fast-motion... maybe things didnt look as if they were going to the beat correctly...

I was actually surprised at the amount of samba dancing there is during carnaval. The music is everywhere... but many people (public and in the parade-aside from the queens) are dancing, but not necessarily samba dancing.
posted by nzydarkxj at 6:16 PM on February 26, 2012

My love of tilt-shift knows no bounds.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:12 AM on February 27, 2012

Love this, love the music, desperately want someone to try to pass this off as CGI to people who have no idea that there is a wonderful thing called Tilt-Shift (or Tilt-Shift-Effect).
posted by maudlin at 8:45 AM on February 27, 2012

Wow, there is just so much to take in!
posted by not_on_display at 11:01 PM on February 27, 2012

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