A Digital Air Motion Photogrammetry System on Ghost in the Shell, Wellington, New Zealand (2016)

Ghost in the Shell making-of copyright Paramount Pictures and Amblin Entertainment


Digital Air is managed by Dayton and Helen Taylor. Dayton's 1994 invention: a system for producing time-independent virtual camera movement in motion pictures and other media, was the reference for “bullet-time” in The Matrix films. Following Digital Air's work on Tony Scott’s Déjà Vu (2006), Dayton received the 2007 Saxby Award for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging from the Royal Photographic Society in London. Dayton's prototype sixty lens Timetrack™ film camera is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Dayton's short film Love's Choice (director) is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Dayton studied electrical engineering, computer science, film history, and creative writing at the University of Colorado from which he has a Bachelor of Arts in English. Helen has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Providence University in Taiwan and a Master of Arts in Communication from New York Institute of Technology.

Since 1994

For over 25 years Digital Air has provided custom-made camera array systems on hundreds of television commercials, films and installations around the world.

Timetrack™ camera test. Dayton Taylor photographed by David Tumblety on Mott Street in New York City in 1994.