Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Love At First Site

Turning the clock back a couple of weeks, let me tell you what I saw when I first arrived at work.
In the cubicle adjacent to mine, a man was surrounded by lots of little colorful scraps of paper. Scraps of paper which, upon further perusal, turned out to be minute Facebook images that had been scaled down, painstakingly cut out, then organized upon the rather ugly green carpet. He had a camera with him and was snapping lots of pictures of the forlorn, shipwrecked Facebook images.

"Wow," I marveled to myself. "He has an insane amount of patience. If I had to sit in a cubicle, cut out snippets of paper, pin them to the wall or tape them to the ground and then arrange them and rearrange them in various patterns, I think I would go mad. It seems like a particularly refined form of torture."

At some point, since he's friendly, the man introduced himself as Chaim Gross. I told him my name was Olivia and asked him what in the world he was doing.

"It's called stop-motion photography," he explained. Basically, the way that it works is that he takes something like 15 still frames per second, makes very slight changes between shots, puts them together and makes it seem as though the pictures are animated. I was skeptical until he pulled up some YouTube examples and showed me how cool the finished product could look.

With that in mind, all you Facebook and NCSY lovers should watch "Love At First Site." Premiering for the first time ever...right here. Alternatively, like the NCSY page on Facebook and watch it there.

3 comments:

Malka said...

That is so cool!!

Anonymous said...

Really cool stuff!!

Tanya said...

penomenal. How long does it take to make a movie like that?