What If All the Black Friday Flights to San Diego Landed at Once?

Cy Kuckenbaker layered five hours of footage shot at San Diego International Airport on November 23 to make this crazy-looking video. 

Cy Kuckenbaker, a film professor and filmmaker, layered five hours of footage shot at San Diego International Airport on November 23 between 10:30am and 3pm to make this crazy-looking video. He shares the details of how he created the video with the excellent photography blog Petapixel, explaining that the concept grew out of a still image by Ho-Yeol Ryu

Kuckenbaker used a clever trick to merge the shots -- he filmed the planes against a clear blue sky and used a chroma key effect to isolate the aircraft. From there, he simply layered them to create a flock of jets. The bridge and clouds were added later. Quick to capitalize on the viral success of his video, Kuckenbaker has launched a line of merch on Cafe Press, featuring little planes flying across water bottles, t-shirts, and more. 

For more videos by Cy Kuckenbaker, visit http://cysfilm.com/.

Via James HamblinPetapixel, and Colossal

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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