"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. These animals are actually very mobile creatures. However their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen.
Make sure you watch the video on a large screen. This clip is displayed in Full HD, yet the source footage (or the whole clip), is available in UltraHD 4k resolution for media productions.
The answer to a common question: yes, colors are "real" and not exaggerated by digital enhancement. We have only applied basic white balance correction. However, we used specialized lights to mimic the underwater ambient spectrum. When photographers use white light (artificial spectrum) on corals, they simply miss the vast majority of colours. Corals have spectrum-sensitive colouration due to fluorescent pigments.
The duration of sequences varied from 20 minutes to 6+ hours.
=== Technical details ===
To make this little clip we took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, we used focus stacking and deconvolution algorithms. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots.
Just the intro and the last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking + deconvolution in some scenes). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and we spent almost 9 long months to get it right.
Music: Atmostra III by Cedric Baravaglio, Jonathan Ochmann and Zdravko Djordjevic.
"Artifacts from inner space transformed into moving digital sculptures."
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: SIGGRAPH 2015 Dailies | Los Angeles Convention Center | August 9-13
Selected Screening: Fest Anca, Žilina, Slovakia | June 24-28, 2015
Selected Screening/Installation: Currents 2015 New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 2015
Garden of Fernal Delights, San Francisco, CA | May 30 - June 30, 2015
Selected Screening: Northwest Animation Festival, Portland, Oregon, May 2015
Video Projection: Symbiosis, Oakdale, CA - September 17-20, 2015
Video Projection: Lucidity Festival 2015, Santa Barbara, CA, Projections by Satsi Jaquith, May 2015
Video Projection: Lightning in a Bottle, Bradley, CA | May 21-25
When creating experimental animations I often use intuition and visualization techniques to come up with ideas. Often times these ideas come to me as a flash of insight. Other times I must plumb the depths of my psyche to find novel approaches to making moving images. The film “Inner Space Artifacts” was a journey of deep excavation into the world of abstract ideas. The moving objects in the animation I regard as “artifacts” that I uncovered and shaped into ephemeral moving digital sculptures.
Cast Featuring: Mary Elise Hayden, Marissa Merrill & Dustin Edward
Executive Producers: David Lyons & Andrew Huang
Producers: Laura Merians & Stephanie Marshall
Cinematographer: Laura Merians
Production Designer: Hugh Zeigler
Costume Designer: Lindsey Mortensen
Hair & Makeup Designer: Jennifer Cunningham
Sound Design & Original Score: Andrew Huang