Monthly Archives: February 2013

Storytelling through (almost) just photography

PetaPixel on the Paul Harvey Super Bowl “Farmer” ad:

One of standout commercials during the Super Bowl yesterday was the above ad by Chrysler promoting its Dodge Ram line of trucks. The 2-minute ad pays tribute to farmers across the nation, and is composed entirely of photographs showing various facets of the farming industry.

Note that the images aren’t entirely static. Watch for bits of parallax, clouds that stream by, particles that float, and more. I love that kind of subtle enlivening, creating something in the cinemagram vein (not quite a photo, not exactly video).

Angry Birds All Levels

I find Evan Roth‘s work endlessly intriguing:

Evan Roth’s Angry Birds All Levels uses black ink on tracing paper to show the gestures required to complete each level of the popular bird-flinging game. Roth placed the paper over his iPhone to capture each swipe and tap, and the result is a work that aims to “contrast the excitement that happens in the gaming environment with the monotony that actually takes places in the physical world.”


[Via Mark Coleran]

A fascinating, roto-tastic animated video

I love this video from British director Cyriak:

The Fox Is Black writes:

What starts out as a few simple repeating elements soon becomes a chaotic collage of video snippets that take on a life of their own. He says that he uses Photoshop and After Effects for most of his animations, which I find totally astonishing. I’d suggest watching this video several times so that you can fully appreciate the amount of work he had to put into this incredible music video.

Reminds me of Michel Gondry’s impossibly* brilliant video for Kylie Minogue’s Come Into My World:

*if nothing else, in that it gets me to willingly listen to a Kylie Minogue song

Combining citizen video journalism with HTML5

UC Berkeley’s interesting Rashomon Project is billed as “An Online Toolkit for Assembling Multi-Perspective Chronologies.” In other words, it takes multiple videos, auto-aligns them (by analyzing their metadata & audio signatures), and presents them via an HTML5 interface. “Our goal,” they say, “is to allow the public (potentially hundreds of thousands of viewers) to gain a much better understanding of contested events from user-generated photos and video than is currently possible.” Here’s their 1-minute demo video.

Update: By coincidence I just discovered that Andy Baio synchronized TV coverage of a car chase with man-on-the-street footage of the same broadcast & chase:

Contest: Design a birthday cake for Photoshop

PS23

From the team:

Photoshop’s 23rd birthday is coming up and we want YOU to be a part of the celebration!

We’re asking our fans to create a birthday cake design using Photoshop! We’ll choose one submission to be created into a REAL cake to be delivered to Adobe HQ on our birthday, Feb. 19!

We’ll also share your artwork in a photo album right here on our Facebook page. Submit your photo here before Feb. 8.