Shinosaka to Tokyo

Posted by Scott

I came across this video on Reddit tonight and was pretty much blown away by the concept, but not necessarily the execution. Then I read the comments where someone had linked to the above video and I was absolutely mesmerized. Visually the whole thing is very reminiscent of Michel Gondry’s video for Star Guitar. Now if the whole thing would just sync up the same.

The video was made using a simple mirror filter and an HD video camera, shot from a train. I use a lot of mirroring effects for live visuals, but never on material shot from a moving vehicle. Something about it feels so fluid; almost CGI. I wonder if this effect will become the video equivalent of tilt-shift, popping up everywhere all of the sudden.

Oh and if you haven’t had your videos-shot-from-a-train fill yet, here’s one shot using a high speed camera from a high speed train, in slow motion.

And here are a couple more from Tokyo, this time shot from a car. The vertical movement of the car (shocks) really accentuate the effect: One | Two

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Scott says:

December 20, 2010 at 5:54 am

you’re right, edited… I had about 18 windows open when I first watched that and some horrible trance song was playing. Although still would prefer something else for this vid, this seems a bit light.


Clayton says:

December 20, 2010 at 7:12 am

I never thought about you being a Redditor. It’s a great site and a great way to stay up on the news (and weird Internet memes).

Anyway, I definitely agree, a nice concept and a pretty mesmerizing outcome.


Tyler says:

December 20, 2010 at 7:19 am

This is definitely a nice dose of vintage/minimal-expressionist to keep the revitalization going, a boon for artists like you especially, Scott. Didn’t know you were a reddit’r either, awesome!


crstntnc says:

December 20, 2010 at 8:04 am

Hi Scott, this is a great post, as usual.
One remark — the link to the video taken from the train with the high speed camera is broken — http// instead of http://


Nathanael says:

December 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm

cat2525jp on youtube has uploaded about 20+ videos of this same exact type of video. He rides various light rails and monorails around Japan while recording the entire ride. He even drives sometimes around downtown Tokyo at night. About 1/3 of his videos are done in the same “mirror sky” style (he refers to is as a sky drive), but the rest are done with no editing.

Guy has good taste in music too!

One of my favorites.


Nathanael says:

December 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Guess I should read the entire post before I respond. I see you’ve already found cat2525jp. ^^;



Steven says:

December 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm

That video is mesmerizing. At first, I was looking at it very analytically, seeing the various buildings for what they were. Round ’bout the middle of the video, my imagination started taking over. By the end, I couldn’t see the buildings at all; just wonderful shapes and textures. What an experience!


Todd Neilson says:

December 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

This video is wicked. The reason it looks CG is because the camera is on progressive scan. This takes the blur out of the motion. Scott, lets make a video like this with your graphics. Would be sick.


Rob says:

December 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

It’s funny, I was watching the beginning of the video without sound at work, and The Going Price for Home by The Prize Fighter Inferno came on Pandora. It synced up pretty neat with the vid and I chuckled.


Chase says:

January 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I love that the rolling shutter, for possibly the first time ever, has worked for good and not evil. It creates a nice little point in the middle that I fancy.