Monthly Archives: July 2020

Amazing editing in Nike’s new ad

Masterful match-cuts; moving message.

Muse writes,

The W+K team—working with Pulse Films director Oscar Hudson, Joint editors Peter Wiedensmith and Jessica Baclesse, and the visual effects team at A52—researched 4,000 sports action sequences and chose 72 of them to combine into 36 split-screen moments, where the action on both sides appears to meld into one.

Nike’s not alone in leaning into juxtaposition in a time of ‘rona: check out this fun, cheeky campaign for German rail travel, built in part using an algorithm that searches for visual similarities:

[Via Peyman Milanfar & Mogan Shieh]

Google AR search gets super buggy!

…In the best possible way, of course.

My mom loves to remind me about how she sweltered, hugely pregnant with me, through a muggy Illinois summer while listening to cicadas drone on & on. Now I want to bring a taste of the 70’s back to her via Google’s latest AR content.

You can now search for all these little (and not-so-little) guys via your Android or iPhone and see them in your room:

Here’s a list of new models:

  • Rhinoceros beetle
  • Hercules beetle
  • Atlas beetle
  • Stag beetle
  • Giant stag
  • Miyama stag beetle
  • Shining ball scarab beetle
  • Jewel beetle
  • Ladybug
  • Firefly
  • Rosalia batesi
  • Swallowtail butterfly
  • Morpho butterfly
  • Atlas moth
  • Mantis
  • Grasshopper
  • Dragonfly
  • Hornet
  • Robust cicada
  • Brown cicada
  • Periodical cicada
  • Walker’s cicada
  • Evening cicada.

Cinematography: “Predator” scene breakdown

I really enjoy being taken inside the craft of visual storytelling, so I dug this step-by-step narrative of the techniques used in & around Carl Weathers’ character’s death in Predator.

It’s especially interesting to contrast the sophistication on display with the cornball simplicity of Commando, a prototypical Ahnuld joint made just two years earlier. Now that my boys are getting just old enough to watch these flicks, we’re going back through the canon, making the quality uptick here all the more striking.

Now, lemme know if someone has documented the inside story of Bill Duke’s inspired “I’m gonna have me some fun” freak-out. Meanwhile, here he is representin’ on our fam’s last Yosemite trip.

Disney unveils high-res face-swapping tech

“Your scientists were so preoccupied…” that, well, you know.

PetaPixel writes,

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first method capable of rendering photo-realistic and temporally coherent results at megapixel resolution,” the team of researchers at Disney Research Studios and ETH Zurich write in their new paper, titled “High-Resolution Neural Face Swapping for Visual Effects.”

The new method developed aims to “disentangle” the “static identity information” of a person’s face from the “dynamic behavioral information,” allowing any performance to be transferable between any two people.