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



There are 53 comments. Sign in to comment

DennisvdG says:

Wow, how did he do that though?


DennisvdG says:

Hmm... It's awfully quiet today :P

tacofiend says:

"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 :)

eshy says:

Should have done that during Manhattanhenge

teaMJPx says:

That's awesome!

pmich says:

This is stunning!!!  This alone is a phenomenal commercial

Skunkwurx says:

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

saulgould13 says:

Like the steel drum audio

blackhawk556 says:

Sounds like depeche mode from the 80s.

visnit14 says:

Well its the best camera phone out there..these things are bound to happen.Nothing new!

now implement this into here maps

Best idea yet, who the *ell needs street view when you can have this!

indieimprint says:

dizzy after watching this

richddr says:

same here lol dizzy AF!

andrew120 says:

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

NightWatch71 says:

This maybe one of the reasons why they acquired Nokia in the first place. You know, talents and everything.

lemonsteveo says:

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

You mean the ads by Nokia? That's why.

remmo says:

I remember that street from GTA IV

Melus Haque says:

Hehehe, and I'd crash pretty much everytime into the corner with Michelle on board...

This is like the opening credits of that movie "Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. Very cool!

kirklyt says:

Yah, that was a cool movie.! :D

NightWatch71 says:

Yeah but it could've been a lot better, that movie felt a little bit rushed.

kirklyt says:

Man, if some company ever released such a pill, how much one would really cost.?! :D

blackhawk556 says:

The question is, how much are you willing to pay for such a pill?

kirklyt says:

That's THE question.! :D

paulomalley says:

That's it... I'm calling in sick and having a movie day... :)

Duduosf says:

Had smoked a spliff before watching this and... Wow!

L0gic Bom8 says:


jason8957 says:

He ran a red light.

blackhawk556 says:

He went thru a construction zone.

ahmedjan87 says:

My head is spinning

Corben01 says:

Simply amazing...

MA83 says:

Pretty mind blowing.

Skiffle says:

I'm high right now and that video just messed my head up.

xrs22 says:

Hmmm, seems pretty straight forward.

naushasame says:

Zoom reinvented

Winnabe says:

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!

AndersMage says:

Now we just need to see this on an IMAX screen.

wpguy says:

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

E Lizzle says:

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.

jonnob says:

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.

eortizr says:

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...

aeonstar says:

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

smoledman says:

Yet there is no pull-down notification center or pull-down quick toggles. 

aeonstar says:

That's what live tiles are for.

Bicpug says:

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.

aeonstar says:

This video is truly bad@$$. Love my Nokia

Dean McCrae says:

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

They should use it as an ad. And reproduce it in different cities.