by Mike Cantor on 2012/11/23
Visual artist and computational biologist Mike Cantor gives us the low down on "Freckle" - an amazing little stop motion animation he created.
18 months. 19,000 velcro dots. Two velcro dot-suits. 20 volunteer velcro pushers from Scary Cow. A girl. A guy. Space. Skin. Freckle!
“Freckle” is a music video that I created for a piece of music by Brandon Patton, bass player for MC Frontalot. The video employs an original stop-animation technique which I call “Velcro rotoscoping”: thousands of colorful velcro dots are arrayed like pixels onto a grid, photographed, and then superimposed one frame at a time onto live-action video. The dots bring to life a love song about two objects in space, orbiting and colliding, and the scales that measure their attraction.
For more information about the making of Freckle, including video of the "velcro rotoscoping" process, check out MikeCantor.net