French photographer Stephane Vetter captured this outstanding time-lapse of the night sky using a Sigma 8 mm fisheye lens, meaning that what you see in the video is a true representation of the entire visible sky. Titled Leonid and Zodiacal Light, the brief but jaw-dropping clip was shot November 17th of this year and includes a five-hour star trail and Vetter even takes time to label signifiant stars and other objects visible in the sky. Make sure you watch it full-screen.
These two videos by animator Rogier Wieland (previously) have been around for quite a bit but somehow the totally escaped me. The two shorts were created using video stills transferred to cardboard cutouts that were then animated on location to create a fantastic visual. If you liked this also check out Sticky Man by 15-year-old budding animator Eduard Taberner.
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Filmmaker, graffiti artist, and photographer Erdal Inci lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey where he has been experimenting with cloned motion in video since 2004. Over the past few months Inci has converted several of these hypnotic videos into gifs and posted them online, above are a couple of my favorites.
Though I just posted about these guys back in July, I’m not going to lie, I have a huge e-crush on RRRRRRRROLL (previously). This anonymous collective of five photographers and artists create a new animated GIF every single week that might as well arrive in my feed reader wrapped in a bow. Do yourself a favor and follow their Tumblr, bookmark it, subscribe to their feed … whatever. It’s like internet vitamins.
Flawed Symmetry of Prediction is an outstanding short film by filmmaker Jeff Frost that defies categorization as it ventures into time lapse, street art, and even optical illusion. Via email Jeff tells me:
I roam the deserts of California and Utah looking for abandoned structures. When I find a room that I like, I paint large scale optical illusions on the inside of it. I record this process with time lapse photography. It took me over half a year and more than 40,000 high resolution still images to produce this film on my Canon 60D. Aside from painting supplies, the only other equipment I used was a borrowed tripod, and some pretty unconventional lighting. As post production goes, no graphics or CGI was used whatsoever.
The visuals are absolutely brilliant and the sound design is top notch as well. (via laughing squid)
Whooooooooaa wait what? Welcome to the bizarre world of slit scan photography, a special effect created mechanically or digitally that results in warped and wobbly images. How does it work? Here’s my armchair filmmaker explanation: while regular photos and film give you a full frame image of a single moment in time, slit-scan photos and films capture the world just one line at a time. This results in a two dimensional image where one dimension is continuously (but still chronologically) displaced. Or something. This is by no means a new invention, slit scanning has been experimented with for decades and was even used extensively by Douglas Trumbull in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968.
In this video by French filmmakers Adrien M / Claire B, two subjects engage in a surreal but highly entertaining dance through the warped fabric of space and time, made all the more wonderful with music from Beirut. (via the curious brain)
Netherlands based designer Rogier Wieland (previously) has just completed another one of his impressive stop motion ads for Moleskin that relies almost entirely on notebooks to create nearly every aspect of the animation including the precisely cut typography. The making-of video is pretty great too and I’ve included it here as well.
This is bar-none one of the creepiest things to ever appear on Colossal, but it’s Halloween and this clip is so well animated I couldn’t pass it up. UK artist and illustrator Erica Luke depicts rot and and decay with this super spooky stop motion video made with facepaint. Sound by Matthew Perryman. Man this gives me the heebie jeebies.