three night faces
lego pong part deux
malibuhamish asked how I made “numerology negative” and “lego pong after dark”
…I was going to respond and put GIFs in my answer, but I couldn’t quite figure it out with my rudimentary ape brain. Anyway, this is nerdy stuff to post, but just scroll down if you’re looking for the GIFS.
I’m glad he chose those 2, because they represent both ends of the spectrum in terms of how complex the process was. Both started as pieces of video that I shot on an animation stand a long time ago. If I were to shoot them today, I’d use a digital still camera.
To see the original footage for numerology, just search that word on my blog.
I photographed some educational transparencies I found, on a light table. I animated the exposure so each frame goes from normal to overexposed. When it plays, it gives it a rythmic fading effect and the saturation goes crazy on the overexposed frames. I just turned it negative, which can be done in After Effects or Photoshop, and that’s it!
As for “lego pong after dark”, search “pong” on forgifen to see the black and white original.
I animated legos to make that little loop. I shot that years before I learned the Flame software, but more recently imported the original into Flame, and used 3d displacement to turn the flat footage into a 3d surface. Simpler than it sounds: The software looks at luminance in the image, and warps pixels forward in Z-space according to their brightness.
Then, I took the 3d surface, bent it and lit it, and tracked a light source to the “ball” going back and forth.
Thanks for the question. Enough geek text for now. Back to the geek gifs!
Q:All of your work is amazing. I have such a hard time wrapping my head around how you make them, would you ever make a process video or anything like that? You've got me perplexed
Thanks - My gifs all come from my work in moving images, which has been going on for a while (>20 years) so I have lots of varied source material to pull from. Some of my recent gifs have been made from hand-painted 16mm. I color on clear leader, transfer to video, then pick a short piece and loop it. Other stuff I take into the software I use at work, which is Autodesk Flame. In there, I can do more complex things, like make something displaced in 3D, or apply really cool filters or distortions. If there’s a specific piece that you’re curious about, I’d be happy to tell you how I made it.
my brain at 25 had fewer wrinkles
synaptic correlates of fear extinction
as night passed they flickered and glowed