I was simply stunned by this amazingly creative achievement from Jeff Desom, who has mixed classic artistry with modern techniques to create something entirely compelling.
Desom has taken actual footage from Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece Rear Window and composited it within After Effects to create a real-time, panoramic view of the neighbourhood surveyed by the housebound James Stewart. Desom has given a brief explanation of the process to accompany the video, which can be found on his site here. However, I include it below as well.
I dissected all of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and stiched it back together in After Effects. I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie’s plot.
As Desom mentions, the consistent camera angle suggests that this may be the only movie with which something like this is possible, or at least without any major detriment to the footage. Lastly, we must not forget that the video above is only a promotional tool for the main attraction, a 10m x 2m visual installation, displayed by 3-projectors with a real-time runtime of 20 minutes. My only disappointment is that Desom’s site makes no mention of where it will be displayed.