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A Mixture of Paint, Soap, and Oil Form an Eye-Opening Galaxy of Aqueous Visuals

A Mixture of Paint, Soap, and Oil Form an Eye-Opening Galaxy of Aqueous Visuals

June 19, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

Director Thomas Blanchard (previously) has teamed up with photographer Oilhack to create this dizzying new video of paint, soap, and oil mixing together titled Galaxy Gates. We’ve seen more than a handful of videos like these here on Colossal the last few years, but these guys somehow manage to push the envelope quite a bit into an entirely new realm of visual experimentation. The duo filmed for almost 4 months and included only around 2% of their work in the final edit. More



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Memories of Paintings: A Soothing Technicolor Mix of Paint, Oil, Milk and Liquid Soap

Memories of Paintings: A Soothing Technicolor Mix of Paint, Oil, Milk and Liquid Soap

Mar.31.16

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Christopher

Here’s a new experimental short titled Memories of Paintings from director Thomas Blanchard (previously) who continues to experiment with colorful paint, oil, milk, and liquid soap filmed with a macro lens as it mixes and cascades in front of the camera. I could watch footage like this forever. Set to music by Bronix. More



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Paint, Oil, Milk, and Honey Mix in this Surreal Macro Video of Swirling Liquids by Thomas Blanchard

Paint, Oil, Milk, and Honey Mix in this Surreal Macro Video of Swirling Liquids by Thomas Blanchard

Aug.12.15

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Christopher

It turns out that watching paint mix is a heck of a lot more interesting than watching paint dry. French director Thomas Blanchard shot this lovely short of colored paints, oil, milk, and honey as they mix and bead under a macro lens. He says the video is intended as “an analogy of feelings such as anger, love, sadness and joy [as they] they mix and eventually ease.” If you liked this also check out similar liquid experiments by Ruslan Khasanov. More



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Colors: A New Collection Film from The Mercadantes

Colors: A New Collection Film from The Mercadantes

Jun.29.15

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Christopher

In light of current events, the latest collection film by filmmaking duo The Mercadantes (previously here and here). Beautifully done, great ending. More



Animation Music

Bach in Lights: The Well-Tempered Clavier Graphically Visualized Through a Twisting Gallery of Light Bulbs

Bach in Lights: The Well-Tempered Clavier Graphically Visualized Through a Twisting Gallery of Light Bulbs

Jun.17.15

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Christopher

Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier for Sinfini Music from Alan Warburton on Vimeo.
This exceedingly clever animation by artist Alan Warburton transforms two compositions from J.S. Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier (Prelude and Fugue in C Major) into a visual interpretation of music. Warburton used a form of graphical notation manifested as thousands of fluorescent light bulbs mounted around a gallery space and parking garage. More



Art Science

Analogue Experiments with Gravity Filmed by Clemens Wirth

Analogue Experiments with Gravity Filmed by Clemens Wirth

May.13.15

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Christopher

Austrian director and visual artist Clemens Wirth created this gorgeous visual feast of gravitational experiments called Gravity. With the exception of a segment depicting digital black fabric, all the visuals were made with practical effects inside a special rig that can be rotated 360° with or without the camera. Wirth says he found inspiration both from the film Inception, and a similar project from a few years ago by Feedme Design. More



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An Embroidery of Voids: A Surreal Journey through Alleyways and Narrow Spaces by Daniel Crooks

An Embroidery of Voids: A Surreal Journey through Alleyways and Narrow Spaces by Daniel Crooks

Mar.17.15

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Christopher

Trying to describe this short film by artist Daniel Crooks (previously) is a bit challenging, but once you start watching you’ll get the idea. Crooks filmed narrow passages, alleys, and other nooks and crannies that he stitched together into this seemingly infinite corridor. Make sure to turn up the volume or put on some headphones, Byron Scullin‘s sound design adds an entirely different dimension. The piece was originally commissioned by Silvia and Michael Kantor for the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. More



Amazing Science

An Extraordinary Macro Timelapse of Aquatic Wildlife by Sandro Bocci

An Extraordinary Macro Timelapse of Aquatic Wildlife by Sandro Bocci

Feb.19.15

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Christopher

The above clip is a trailer of sorts for an upcoming non-verbal film titled Prograve by Italian filmmaker and documentarist Sandro Bocci. The feature is billed as (translated from Italian) “an experimental film orbiting scientific and philosophical reflections on time and space, and that through various shooting techniques, fields of magnification, and an exciting soundtrack, weaves a web between science and magic.” The section shown here depicts beautiful macro timelapses of coral, sponges and other aquatic wildlife filmed under ultraviolet light. More



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Seagull Skytrails: An Echo Time-Lapse Reveals the Flight Path of Birds over Cornwall

Seagull Skytrails: An Echo Time-Lapse Reveals the Flight Path of Birds over Cornwall

Feb.13.15

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Christopher

Videographer Paul Parker used the ‘echo’ effect in video editing software After Effects to show the flight paths of birds near his home in Cornwall, UK. Parker also filmed birds flying past his window for an hour and compressed it into just a few seconds to show what it would look like if they all flew by at once. Artist Dennis Hlynsky uses the same effect any many of his own bird and insect videos seen here previously. More



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Breath: A Stunning New Collection Film Exploring How We Breathe

Breath: A Stunning New Collection Film Exploring How We Breathe

Jan.28.15

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Christopher

Over the past few years the production team at The Mercadantes (formerly known as Everynone) have created a legendary reputation for their unique brand of collection films, where similar objects, ideas, or actions are gathered into a video montage. If you haven’t seen Words, Ball, or especially Symmetry, I recommend spending the next 20 minutes of your life doing that. Their latest film is Breath, a meditation on the myriad ways in which people breath. More



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Cosmic Flower Unfolding: An Abstract Metaphysical Animation by Ben Ridgway

Cosmic Flower Unfolding: An Abstract Metaphysical Animation by Ben Ridgway

Aug.11.14

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Christopher

Animator Ben Ridgway creates abstract animations that explore organic and metaphysical imagery, relating to aspects of life and interconnectedness. His latest film, Cosmic Flower Unfolding, recently won several awards and has been touring film festivals around the world since late last year. He shares about his work via his website:

My abstract animations investigate the metaphysical features of reality. They are designed to stimulate archetypal associations and invite the viewer to make personal connections to the visual and auditory experience without any reliance on narrative or spoken language.

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