Timeslice is the juxtaposition of the traditional marriage between time and camera movement, namely that, in the conventional sense of motion pictures, time progresses in accordance with camera movement and speed. Even when frame rate is increased to produce super-slow-motion, the subject still moves in time. Timeslice is the opposite effect of this.
The timeslice technique is the ability to suspend time while still creating a motion effect. Timeslice allows the subject matter to be viewed from multiple angles at exactly the same point in time, giving it greater context. In essence, the brain is tricked into thinking the camera is moving while the subject is frozen.
This technique is particularly effective when using subject
matter that is in flux. Timeslice is the ultimate transformation of time and
represents the camera moving at an infinite speed. Click here to view a sample.
Timeslice Cinematography’s rig comprises of Canon DSLR cameras which can be configured into almost any array - from a 360 circular rig, a semi circle, scattered array, spiral, over-head arch or a wall of cameras placed alongside, above and below each other. Remotely controlled via USB’s and custom built software, take’s can be downloaded, stablised and reviewed within minutes.
Timeslice has a number of applications in creating
special effects in feature films and TV commercials. It has started to become
particularly popular as an online marketing and brand activation tool due to
its versatility and ability to create user engagement.
Once the array set-up has been established the number of
cameras as well as the distance between the cameras needs to be determined
according to the brief requirements. Lighting considerations, post-production as
well as other technical aspects specific to the brief can then be addressed. For illustrative purposes, the work-flow for a
dancer being timesliced on a 8m diameter, 360 degree rig has been placed to the right.
Rehearsal days in the past have proved invaluable in the
insight and refinements of shooting a particular brief. Rehearsal days can be included into a package rate. Aspects to the
functioning of the rig in relation to the subject matter and post production
requirements are fined tuned here ensuring that there are no unforeseen events
in post production later on. Initial set-up of the rig is a relatively long process ranging from 6 to 8 hours or longer depending on the brief. In order to ensure an accurate set up, it is advised that this is done the day prior to the actual shoot day.
Once set-up, the rig can be moved to a different location by use of a flat bed truck or carrying by a number of people. Once at the new location, the rig will have to leveled and re- aligned. This process can range from 2 ½ hours upwards depending on the complexity of the set-up.