How They Did It–Links from my Stills in Motion Presentation for ASMP Ohio Valley Chapter, May 28, 2019

Ben Ko

ESPN Julie Ertz Motion Cover

Explanation of how they did the motion cover via ESPN Front Row

See also interview with the photographer, Mary Ellen Matthews, who happens to the be official photographer for Saturday Night Live.

New York Times Super Bowl Parallax Animation

Per their web page, “Each scene was created from a single photograph using Mental Canvas”. I do think this could have been done in After Effects, though it may have required more work. Click on the image below to navigate to the NYT page then keep scrolling down the page till you see the effect kick in.

The Cut–Bullet Time

This link https://www.thecut.com/2019/04/natasha-lyonne-cover-steven-sebring.html explains how photographer Steven Sebring uses over 100 cameras to produce this bullet-time effect for The Cut’s cover on the Apple News+ platform.

See also https://xanglecs.com for software to manage multiple cameras for shooting and editing the bullet time effect. See https://slimrig.com for software that works with smart phones.

Parallax Effect

(from Wikipedia page)

As the viewpoint moves side to side, the objects in the distance appear to move more slowly than the objects close to the camera. In this case, the blue cube in front appears to move faster than the red cube.”

As the viewpoint moves side to side, the objects in the distance appear to move more slowly than the objects close to the camera. In this case, the blue cube in front appears to move faster than the red cube.”


Example by Video Production Company

https://www.twiinmedia.com/parallax-3d-photo. Shows still photo and the parallax video conversion to it. They will convert a photo for $200.

Examples From Documentaries

  • Free Solo (2018)

  • The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

  • Run for your Life: The Fred Lebow Story (2008)

In my slide deck I showed actual examples from the documentaries. Due to copyright issues, I elected not to post those on my site.

More Examples

  • https://videohive.net/item/volumax-3d-photo-animator/13646883

  • https://www.fiverr.com/shiroart/do-professionally-2-5-d-video-from-your-photo

  • https://videohive.net/item/parallax-moments/17109984

Two Approaches to Creating “2.5D” professionally

  • Place objects on different layers, enable 3D mode on layers, place layers at different positions on the Z axis, move a virtual camera through the layers, OR

  • Create a Depth Map

  • Facebook app has a “3D Photo” option that will take a photo that has a depth map (e.g., one taken with iPhone portrait mode) and make it “3D”

Where to Learn More

Finding vendors to do the parallax conversion for you

Search for “2.5D”, “parallax”. Fiverr has lots of people listed with very inexpensive pricing. https://www.fiverr.com/gigs/parallax


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