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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

Totally Bizarre Experimental Video Explores Slit Scanning

November 7, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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 more wonderful with music from Beirut. (via the curious brain)

 

 



Animation

A New Stop Motion Short Made Completely with Moleskine Notebooks by Rogier Wieland

November 2, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Netherlands based designer Rogier Wieland 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.

 

 



Animation

Rot: A Terrifying Facepaint Stop Motion by Erica Luke

October 31, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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 face paint. Sound by Matthew Perryman. Man this gives me the heebie jeebies.

 

 



Amazing

Cityscape Chicago: A Timelapse of Chicago in 30,000 Photographs by Eric Hines

October 29, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Filmmaker Eric Hines does a phenomenal job of making us look good here in the windy city with his most recent timelapse, Cityscape Chicago. The clip consists of over 30,000 still photographs taken between July and October of this year primarily around the bustling downtown areas including the financial district, Navy pier, Wacker drive and the lakefront.

 

 



Amazing

London Heathrow Approach Time-lapse Turns Jumbo Jets into Floating Toys

October 28, 2012

Christopher Jobson

This short clip from the Cargospotter aviation video channel shows a few dozen planes as they queue up for approach at London’s Heathrow airport. At 17x normal speed the wind currents seem to bounce the planes like small toys suspended from invisible strings and the perpetually moving clouds create the illusion of a constantly panning camera. In an internet flooded with time-lapse videos this is definitely a gem. (via metafilter)