February 17, 2013

Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion: Google Earth Movies

"Google Earth Movies project consists in a series of interactive adaptations of emblematic sequences extracted from famous movies, recreated and played in Google Earth.
In this visualization software, which allows exploring the 3D world from many satellite sources - topographical and weather satellites - the original video camera movements are precisely transcribed in the original filming location and with the original soundtrack synchronized. Moreover, the software being interactive, a joystick may be used to manipulate the camera during the reading to observe the whole screen out landscape.
Thus, it is a striking cinematographic experience that is given to us: the objectivation operated by Google Earth, presenting ghostly worlds emptied from any characters, allows to be focused on the framing and the editing of these well-known movies haunting our imagination. Putting these narrative sequences back in context establishes a true bridge between these cinematographic, physical and virtual spaces. The spectator is freed from the frame and from the territory; he is given a new space of time, a sort of intimate screen out, interrogating its link to the real and to fiction. "
Google Earth Movies

View first scenes from The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980), Once Upon a time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984), Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979), Fellini's Roma (Federico Fellini, 1972):


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