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Animation

‘Oscillate’ is a Mesmerizing Digital Animation of Sine Waves by Daniel Sierra

May 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Oscillate is a thesis animation made by Daniel Sierra for his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. While essentially an experiment in animation, Sierra says the project was an attempt “to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison.” Make sure you view it full-screen, headphones on, you know the drill. I could have watched this continue for twice as long. Hope he got an ‘A’. (thnx, neil!)

 

 



Art Dance

Choros: A Transfixing Experimental Dance Film by Michael Langan & Terah Maher

February 27, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Released three weeks ago after a year on tour at various film festivals, Choros is the latest experimental art film from director Michael Langan that explores the movement of the human body, specifically the motion of dancer Terah Maher. Choros follows in the steps of Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne-Jules Marey, and Norman McLaren, all of whom spent years studying the physical moment of animals and humans through film. Langan takes the next step using new digital innovations to layer some 32 sequential instances of a single movement and then stretch it out over time. Set to Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, the 13-minute video is pulsating, hypnotic, and flat out lovely to watch. You can read more about it over at Short of the Week.

 

 



Animation

Cloned Video Animations by Erdal Inci

November 19, 2012

Christopher Jobson

This post contains a number of large animated gifs which might taken a moment to load. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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.

 

 



Art

The Flawed Symmetry of Prediction: A Time-Lapse of Optical Illusions in the American West

November 11, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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)

 

 



Amazing

The Pleasure Of: A Video Compilation of Life’s Most Pleasurable Moments by Vitùc

August 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Taking the first bite of a watermelon. Cracking an egg. Floating in the ocean on a sunny day. These are brief, seemingly inconsequential moments that almost immediately slip from memory as they pass, neither life-altering or particularly remarkable, and yet taken together they become a sort of texture of our lives. Filmmaker Vitùc recognized the importance of these small moments and collected several dozen of them in his new video short called The Pleasure Of that was shot in part with an iPhone 4s. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet did something similar in Amélie as he introduces a number of quirky pleasures enjoyed by Audrey Tautou’s character and I find this film by Vitùc to be just as charming.

 

 



Art

Ball: A New Short Film from Everynone

August 8, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Ball is the latest video from filmmaking team Everynone whose previous films have been widely shared online including Symmetry, Words, Re:words and many more. In this new clip directed by Daniel Mercadante, hundreds of ball and ball-shaped images taken from Google image search are placed in a rapid sequence creating a sort of visual poem. Very cool.

 

 



Food

Flatten: An Experimental Video Exploring the Shape of Flattened Food

June 5, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’m loving the concept of this experimental video by Dutch artists Hugo de Kok and Kay van Vree that explores the shapes and forms of popular foods when flattened. (via vimeo)