View Full Version : Toylike Effect

11-01-2010, 10:37 AM
There is an effect that I have seen used lately that I would like to determine how it was done and emulate.

The best way to describe it is it makes real video look like toys. It has been used in new Toyota commercials and most recently the begining of the New Sherlock Holmes series on PBS.

It is usually set up with the camera high above the ground looking down on a city block. It looks as if a wide angle lens is used but without distorrtion. It really compresses the imagry and gives it a 'Toy Like" effect.

Does anyone have a bead on this?


11-01-2010, 10:58 AM
Look up "tilt shift."

In the real world it's done with specialty lenses. These days most people are faking the look in Photoshop/AE/whatever.

11-01-2010, 11:31 AM
Thank you very much- That is just freakin cool!

03-07-2011, 09:11 PM
http://tiltshiftmaker.com/ can do it for you for free - for stills only, alas

03-07-2011, 09:59 PM
After Effects tutorial (http://www.thepixelart.com/after-effects-tutorial-miniature-wonderland/)

Decent enough tutorial, but I feel like there might be some better ones out there.

Lensbaby tilt shift lenses (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lensbaby+tilt+shift&x=0&y=0)

Probably the cheapest tilt shift lenses you will find.

Edit: To really sell the model effect, I feel like adjusting the speed of playback or doing timelapse will help a lot.