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Michael Langan & Terah Maher: Choros

In the tradition of Norman McLaren’s 1968 film Pas de Deux, Michael Langan and Terah Maher combine music, dance, and image multiplication to create a film that enhances our perception of motion. Choros features music from Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

Choros is an experimental film steeped in tradition, modernizing a visual echo technique developed for scientific study in the 1880s. A fascinating write-up by the filmmakers on the chronophotography technique is available at their indiegogo.

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Kijek/Adamski: Shugo Tokumaru “Katachi”

Directors Kijek/Adamski created this lovely, lighthearted video using approximately 2,000 silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using a computer-controlled cutter. I love the balance between popping 1-frame imagery and the building sculptures, especially the repeating hand clapping motif and the way simple polygons form into a sort of dimensional waveform.

This isn’t the first time a Shugo Tokumaru track has been paired with a persistence of vision trick. Also check out the music video for Decorate by ONIONSKIN.

While the initial contemporary might seem like Javen Ivey’s My Paper Mind, the video does more of a building up of motion than a falling away. A 3D exploration of video feedback echo fun, reminiscent of Oliver Laric’s Aircondition or even Myron Krueger.

Hat tip to Yves Geleyn.


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Rick Mereki: Move, Eat, Learn

Nice execution in this triptych love letter to travel. Move, Eat, Learn. Made by Rick Merek, Tim White, and Andrew Lees.

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Anima Istanbul: IF 2009 “Zoetrope”


For Instanbul’s IF 2009 independent film festival, Ayse Unal of Anima Istanbul teamed up with compositor Ilhan Poyraz to reinterpret the experience of watching a zoetrope in this deceptively simple promo.

I was intrigued by the process, and Ayse was kind enough to share a little making-of action with us:

Did you actually create a physical zoetrope? Or did you mimic the look of a zoetrope using software?

We did not create a physical zoetrope, but we photographed people on a turntable in eight angles. We then made the film mimicking a real life zoetrope using Fusion 5.3.

We wanted to make a 3D previz before hand, however we didn’t have enough time, so we just shot some photographs in our own studio and came to the conclusion eight angles for the same movement in time is enough for the final film we have in mind.


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