Presented by

The Atlantic Selects

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

Jan 26, 2015 | 681 videos
Video by Paul Trillo

In this short film, director Paul Trillo takes you on a whirling, spinning tour of the Big Apple. Trillo is a wildly inventive filmmaker with a great eye for the uncanny, as shown in his previous work. He says that this project is about "real people" and "everyday life" in the city: "I wanted to capture these New York City moments, the sort of street photography style, but in a new and interesting way." Trillo built a custom bullet-time rig to film each scene, which allowed him to simultaneously capture 50 images aligned on an arc. When edited together, it appears as if time is frozen; the camera revolves up and down, through the city.

If you'd like to learn more about this film, which was produced in conjunction with Nokia Labs and Microsoft, Trillo published a behind-the-scenes short on Vimeo.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

Author: Chris Heller

About This Series

A showcase of short films curated by The Atlantic