Nope. It's not a zombie apocalypse. Or the human race gone. It's just a wonderful creation by the students from iAcademy who pictured zero traffic in Metro Manila.
Titled "Empty Metro Manila Timelapse: The Pacquiao Effect," the video went rounds in social media days after Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao triumphed in his fight against Brandon Rios last November 24.
The 90-second video shows roads in Quezon City, Manila, Pasig, Makati, among others seen with no moving vehicles or pedestrians at all. It was uploaded by Project Box and has over 93,000 views as of this posting.
In an exclusive interview by Reyn's Room, Project Box, a group of 4th year Digital Arts students of iAcademy in Makati City, thought of a potential for sending a message with their timelapse video. That's when they picked Pacquiao as their next subject - his driving force to bring Filipinos together was their inspiration for the viral video.
The team, which consists of Pao Sancon, Josh Salvosa, and Gelo Garong, said they actually used very basic tools for their gear - a Canon 1000d with kit lens and a tripod. A behind-the-scenes snippet in fact showed the crew shooting the roads with moving vehicles. So which tools did they use to make the roads appear to be empty?
For editing, they used Adobe Premiere and After Effects. These are video editing and digital motion graphics software usually used in filmmaking and TV production. Skilled enough, these guys only spent a day for shooting and a day and a half to wrap everything up digitally.
While some praised them for their work, others also criticized and doubted that the roads were ever empty during Pacquiao's fight. Some even branded their work as "fake."
"We are very thankful for the positive feedback from those who were able to watch. Especially those who got the real message of the video. For those who are saying that its fake, we feel a little bad about it 'coz we didn't intend to show that the video is 'reality'," said Josh.
"It is our treatment, our interpretation, our idea of what Pacquiao brings in every fight. The video is a call for unity," Pao added.
"As creators of the video, we do not want to call it fake because partly, it is real. We couldn't have done the video any other day. It may be edited but we don't want to call it fake. Fake is very negative while we are trying to imply something very positive," claimed Gelo.
And their message for aspiring digital artists out there?
"Just keep on doing what you love and loving what you do."