VJing with the Milkymist One video synthesizer processing images coming from a camera in real time. Recorded live at a techno party in Tacheles, Berlin. Sorry about the poor video capture quality, the image looks much better in reality. More info at http://www.milkymist.org
Stop motion form and colour, using light painting techniques.
Lighting: Kim Pimmel
Sound: Tron Legacy trailers
I've been interested in taking my Light Study photo series and evolving them into motion pieces. I shot a lot of footage for a VJ gig for FITC San Francisco. So I edited together those stop motion sequences, mashed up some audio from the Tron Legacy trailers, and out came Light Drive.
The video is stop motion, so every frame is an individually shot photograph. Each photograph is a long exposure photo, with exposures reaching up to 20 seconds in some cases.
To control the lights, I used an Arduino controlled via bluetooth to drive a stepper motor. The stepper motor controls the movements of the lights remotely from Processing.
The light sources include cold cathode case lights, EL wire, lasers and more.
This is a follow-up to another short called Former Corner Stores. Both films are (intended to be) about the urban space re-inventing itself in a kind of out-of-control evolution - like all evolution really. 'Former Corner Stores' mimic animal camouflage and warning patterns; 'Solitary Electricity Substations' sing out to potential mates at dusk.
Brooke Trezise created the sound design for this one. I shot and animated it in After Effects with some help from Mocha.
An earlier version - sans sound and titles - played at Locksmith Project Space as a part of the SafARI 2010 exhibition.