You might have seen the spots during the footie with floating footballers and a camera zooming around them, Matrix style. How would you like to be in one of them? We got a look at how the whole set up works, so read on for video and images of it in action, as well as details of the location and times to get your own done.
The Champions League is coming to Wembley next week, and to tie in with it, a footie festival is kicking off in Hyde Park, London, from Saturday 21 May. Throughout the week, you’ll be able to get your picture taken, mid-air, by this rig set up by longtime Champions League sponsor Ford. Here’s what it looks like:
Neat, no? You can see how it’s put together below. Forty powerful Nikon D300s cameras are placed in curve and grab shots simultaneously, to create the impression of one video camera swooping around you in the blink of an eye. These images are then processed promptly to create your own clip which is slapped on YouTube, complete with choral music and professional looking bumpers – there are even models with iPads on hand to show you your moment of glory.
Why’s Ford gone to all of these lengths? Aside from it looking pretty cool, it tenuously ties in with the auto-maker’s new Ford Focus jalopy, which as we exclusively revealed earlier this year, can actually park itself using an array of sensors. Check out the video below to see it in action.
To try it out yourself, pop along to Hyde Park on the following dates – you may have to queue but what price would you pay to be preserved for posterity while floating in space?
Saturday 21st 12pm-10:30pm
Sunday 22nd 12pm-10:30pm
Monday 23rd 12pm-8:30pm
Tuesday 24th 12pm-8:30pm
Wednesday 25th 12pm-8:30pm
Thursday 26th 12pm-8:30pm
Friday 27th 12pm-10:30pm
Saturday 28th 9am-5:30pm