The team at Budget Direct Travel Insurance rendered 6 landmark buildings from across 2½ millennia as cinemagraphs, including The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Image: Budget Direct Travel.
The team at Budget Direct Travel Insurance rendered 6 landmark buildings from across 2½ millennia as cinemagraphs, including The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Image: Budget Direct Travel.

LOOK: 6 iconic landmarks from above

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Nov 11, 2020

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The world’s greatest architects spend hundreds of hours perfecting the visual impact of their buildings from every angle: inside, outside, from street level, and from the air.

But who really gets to see these incredible structures from above? The team at Budget Direct Travel Insurance rendered 6 landmark buildings from across 2½ millennia as cinemagraphs(photographs with looping motion picture elements).

The landmarks included Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, 30 St. Mary Axe ‘The Gherkin’ in London, England, Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, The Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA, The Colosseum in Rome, Italy and Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

According to a statement, the project aimed to offer travellers the chance to experience some of the most beautiful landmarks around the world in the way that only small aircraft pilots get to experience, and the results are fantastic.

Budget revealed that they captured satellite views of each location on Google Earth Pro. These, together with supporting imagery, were used as references in creating realistic views of the structures from above. The team then made the still photos move.

"To bring them to life we used After Effects, a combination of different video footage and masks to create the animated images. As we didn't have video footage of the structures from above, we needed to find material which would let us set up those elements in motion and still make it look convincing," Povilas Daknys, the Art Director on this project, revealed.

Here are the destinations...from up top!

Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

Image: Budget Direct Travel.

30 St. Mary Axe ‘The Gherkin’ in London, England

Image: Budget Direct Travel.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Image: Budget Direct Travel.

The Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA

Image: Budget Direct Travel.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Image: Budget Direct Travel.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Image: Budget Direct Travel.

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