Ways of adding a second layer of animation to a video:

1. Composite them digitally. Use lots of tricks, like match moves, to line everything up.
2. Print each individual frame onto paper (4,133 in this case), tack them up to stuff, and video the results into a time-lapse video.

Max Tyrie chose the latter for the Modest Mouse video contest. This is probably beyond the wildest dreams of what Modest Mouse’s promoters hoped for. Viva viral. It’s funny that, as digital technology progresses, people are discovering new, more “analog” means of producing visuals.

Via the excellent Wooster Collective:
Shit We’re Diggin’: Max Tyrie’s Hand Made Modest Mouse Video

  • I did an animation for a class one time, and it needed something more in terms of atmosphere, so I used a similar effect:
    http://jonbro.tk/videos/dimensions.mov

    I printed out all the frames to 8.5×11 sheets, with 16 frames per sheet, and then ran all the sheets through a photocopier twice (maybe 3 times?), then scanned them all back in and used photoshop automation to chop the sheets back up into the original frames.

    Quite an annoying way to add dirt to an animation, but gives a really nice effect which would be difficult to achieve through plugins.

  • I worked on an awesome Aesop Rock video that is reminiscent of this: We printed out and hand animated 90% of the video. was hard work. Asif, the director really worked his ass off on this. Turned out great.
    http://www.evaq.com/fastcars/fast.html

  • That looks amazing, Jonathan!

    Still makes me think about software applications, but I think you'd lose a lot of the rhythm/sensory aspect of it.

    Nice music, too … now checking out some of your music, as well.

  • Whats this NEW NEWNESS??? Try 'La Jetee' 1962. by Chris Marker. Academy award what…nothing in the sky etc.