This short experimental piece of animation was was created using several processes, all of which began off life inside the computer. With the help of simple laser cutting, an iPad, a homemade motion rig and DSLR Danny and Alex created a unique stop-frame animation using long exposure photography to bring all these processes together in perfect synergy.
The film began life as simple animation of a whale swimming. Each frame of the animation was then saved as an individual CGI file, this file was then turned into a movie, where-by the form and position of the whale was record, “CAT scan style” from head to tail. These movies were then played on an iPad which was attached to the motion rig. As the movies played out, the iPad would steadily move along the track, re-drawing the shape of the 3D whale in real space. This process was captured using the DSLR camera via long exposures, the camera would record the light from each movie, as the iPad moved from A to B on the motion rig, turning the movie on the iPad into a single photograph on the camera. (If you’re struggling, think the recreation of Milla Jovovich’s character “Leeloo” in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element)
As 2022 starts, let’s take some time to share our goals for CircuitPython in 2022. Just like past years (full summary 2019, 2020, and 2021), we’d like everyone in the CircuitPython community to contribute by posting their thoughts to some public place on the Internet. Here are a few ways to post: a video on YouTub, a post on the CircuitPython forum, a blog post on your site, a series of Tweets, a Gist on GitHub. We want to hear from you. When you post, please add #CircuitPython2022 and email email@example.com to let us know about your post so we can blog it up here.
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