Spotted: Flying Roller Coasters In Argentina
The desire to fly, to feel the exhilaration of soaring above buildings and streets, is an innate human quality, and over the years countless people have attempted to replicate this sensation in a variety of ways. That’s the point of a roller coaster.
While it’s generally accepted that thrill machines are subject to the laws of physics, filmmaker Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films imagines a supernatural amusement park devoid of the machinery necessary to make the rides actually operate. In his short film Inception Park, Livschitz places such a park in the middle of Buenos Aires. Known for utilizing innovative techniques throughout his short films, Livschitz method in this particular piece remains unknown though it is hypothesized Inception Park was created using a green-screen overlay.
The video takes us on two journeys. The first is a visually striking excursion through Buenos Aires. Livschitz captures the majestic, antiquated architecture the city is famous for, exhibiting the preservation of a place with a tumultuous past. By incorporating Argentinian landmarks like Casa Rosada, the Galileo Galilei Planetario, and MALBA, the film takes us on the fastest walking tour in the city’s history.
For the second journey, Livschitz panders to the childish idealist in all of us, giving us the impression that anything is possible. Perhaps this short film gives us such a fervent thrill because, just for a second, we believe this might not be too far of a stretch—maybe there will one day be a flying roller coaster ascending through an urban center (sigh). Until that day comes, we’ll just have to watch the short film on repeat, pretending we’re one of the people on that enormous, rectangular, upside-down thing.