360° “lenses” (which generally aren’t actually lenses, but spherical reflectors) are perfect for simple, single-shot video production. Especially given some inventive viewpoints, staging, or post-production.

Recently Merlot’s “Loser” impressed me with its combination of a surround angle shooting and a snorricam setup.

LOSER – Merlot from Julien Widmer on Vimeo.

I was reminded of this today by Hot Chip’s “One Life Stand”:

“Reflective sphere dangling in front of the camera” is probably the easiest way for someone to get started with this kind of shoot. The Hot Chip piece physically rotates the camera so as not to lose resolution, but this effect can work beautifully with a simple polar co-ordinates filter to unwrap the viewpoint, as demonstrated by Loser. Like any single-shot piece, it’s all about putting inventive things in front of the camera, or putting the camera in inventive locations.

  • massta

    Enjoyed the spherical shots when the camera was fixed on the y-axis.  Raising and lower the sphere creates distorted effects which are cool if that is what you want but distracting from the focal point.

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  • http://kylemcdonald.net/ Kyle McDonald

    Why do the cameras get all the love?

    Can someone please take one of those lens adapters/reflectors and put it on a projector instead, projecting onto a cylindrical 360 screen?

    For minimum effort, capture the original footage with the same reflector and project it without processing.

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  • http://www.blingmod.blogspot.com/ Bearmod

    Oldie but a goodie:

    Powerline by The National Parcs


  • http://noisepages.com/members/jaymis/ Jaymis Loveday

    @Kyle – I was talking about that very thing just yesterday. Hopefully have some tests soon.

    @Bearmod – I completely forgot to post Powerline! Which it turns out I haven't even posted on CDMo. Such a great piece of work.

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