I recently watch this TEDtalk: http://www.ted.com/talks/deb_roy_the_birth_of_a_word.html (fantastic TED btw), and at about 12mins into the clip the speaker displays a TV screen of a program floating in space, then it turns sideways and reveals a sort of tail growing behind the screen. I interpreted this at being the frames moving backwards in space instead of laying on top of each other. Sort of like the universe: the farther out you travel, the farther back in time you go. Also in Einstein's Dreams there was a world where time was a visible dimension; so when you stepped back on the timeline, you were younger; conversely running straight ahead was darting you into the future.
This principle is what I'd like to utilize.
I have HOURS and HOURS of footage of simply driving timelapses of the sky. I drive at different speeds and take different routes, but my idea is: if I could spread out the frames of my driving through space, then could I (in a sence) "map" my routes in a 3-dimentional environment? And further more, if I drove the same route a couple months apart, could I compare the two "tracks" to see how the clouds and cars differed at those moments of time?
Granted I'm sure there's a lot of very basic principles I'm overlooking that might make this fantasy impossible, but I'm curious if it could even be done.
You can do it, but I wouldn't consider using FCP as the principal tool, that's for sure! You'll want to look at software that works better in three dimensions. You're talking heavy visual effects here.
It's essential to get the look you want to achieve in pictoral form on paper. This means storyboarding. After all, if you can't visualize how this would look, you can't expect others to get a good grasp of your visual intent.
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