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Filmmaker uses Nokia Lumia 1020 to shoot incredible short film - NY 41X41

Want to see something really cool? US filmmaker Paul Trillo has created a new short film, shot on the Lumia 1020 by Nokia. NY 41X41 takes the viewer down Manhattan street, New York passing 41 blocks (hence the name). The Nokia Conversations team managed to catch up with Trillo for a few words and interviewed him about how the idea came about and why the Lumia 1020 was selected.

Taking the limitless emphasised with the ability to zoom in on the Lumia 1020's 41MP shots, the video makes it appear as though you can continually travel through the zoom and keep going. This helps bring the street to life as you traverse further into the background only to be greeted by more content to take in. Trillo explains the technique

"The effect is essentially an image within an image, repeated 41 times. So basically once one photo of a city block magnifies, the following block fills the frame. The scaling or zooming effect has quite a different feeling than if you were actually traveling in a car down the street. Being able to continually zoom is something the brain is not used to seeing so it definitely plays with your perception."

So which city would Trillo choose next if this adventure was to be reproduced? Logically thinking, Paris or Tokyo would be at the top of the shortlist, due to the "sheer density of those cities." There's no denying the above short film is a superb production, but there are numerous ways to achieve such quality yourself with the Lumia 1020 (or other Windows Phones).

We recently covered the Camera360 update that introduced double exposure, enabling you to create some cool new effects with minimal effort. That's the beauty of the Windows Phone experience and third-party apps. You don't have to be a professional photographer to get some interesting and unique styles added to video and still images.

Head on over to Nokia Conversations for the full interview with Paul Trillo. It's well worth the read.

Source: YouTube, via: Nokia

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Filmmaker uses Nokia Lumia 1020 to shoot incredible short film - NY 41X41

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Wow, how did he do that though?

EDIT: I'M SO SORRY FOR NOT READING THE ARTICLE BEFOREHAND PLEASE DON'T KILL ME

"If I were you, I would tow the line or you might end up just like _____". (Spoiler removed).

Don't worry nobody's going to kill you :)

Yea, tho it nearly hurt my eyes i'd say after a while people would hate when it comes on.... but play it just enough so alot of people see it and Nokia is stuck in peoples heads

Companies and people outside Microsoft make better marketing for Windows Phone than Microsoft.
Microsoft, have you already fired your marketing dept?
This is I am afraid most about Nokia acquisition by Microsoft

How come every article becomes a ground for posting MS bashing comments?
The 920/1020 ads by MS were actually quite good.

As a teetotaler and having never touched halucinogens before, this I believe is the closest feeling to psychedelia I could ever get! This is just mindblowing!

Cool vid. Fortunately, I viewed it in a window instead of full screen, or I'd be heaving my guts out into the trashcan.

I'm nonplussed.   The reason it looks "weird" has nothing to do with the eyes not being used to continuous zoom or whatever reason the guy gave.  The reason it looks weird is because a ring of lens distortion moves outwards with each series of zooms, since the zooming is digital.  The nausea is caused by this, viewing waves of distortion travelling on the outsides of the image.

Up until my post, this article had "41" themed all over it. The phone camera used has 41 megapixels, the video is done with 41 photos and there were 41 comments.

Still no Official Facebook, Instagram, WatchESPN, NBA League Pass, Time Warner Cable, Flipboard, No IR Blaster capability,No Official Youtube, No Flash Support on the browser (is not dead yet) and the list go on.... yeah, I want a phone that can do everything and have any app available, not just a camera with Internet access...

Seriously? Dude the unofficial apps are much better than the official ones. MS Facebook and Youtube trump the officials. 6tag makes the official instagram look like an amateur science project and lets not even get on 6sec vs Vine. I don't need official apps to justify my use of WP. I know my Nokia component for component gives me better value and quality than the lame iPhone and Galaxy line of phones.

This fallacious argument you iOS and Android fantards come up with Is truly getting tired. I don't need a million apps, I just need a quality phone for a good price. Not am expensive overhyped piece of trash like the iPhone 5S

That's the sort of zoom i want on my camera, sort it out Nokia.
eortizr: very few phones will run flash in the browser, it's not as if MS are alone.

This effect was used a lot in the film 'Limitless' (great film), though I expect they used more expensive cameras. Looks great.