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Les Kiriki Acrobates Japonais [YouTube] by Segundo de Chomon.
posted by tellurian (23 comments total)

 
That beats it.
posted by TwelveTwo at 8:22 PM on March 19, 2006


Nice find.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:36 PM on March 19, 2006


This is a good find for the Intelligent Design Team. The"theory" of gravity is called into question here.
posted by kozad at 8:39 PM on March 19, 2006


What happens when we run out of YouTube and Google Videos that haven't been posted to Metafilter yet?

This is a mildly amusing video, but it seems that the bar is fairly low these days.

I remember doing similar things like this growing up with my sister on the living room floor.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 8:46 PM on March 19, 2006


That's cool shnoz-gobblin, got anything you shot in 1907?
posted by tellurian at 8:55 PM on March 19, 2006


Same trick.
posted by kika at 9:49 PM on March 19, 2006


Kika, your link doesn't go anywhere?

Just in case anyone was accepting this as real, there's no physical WAY that it really happened how it looks... it's just not physically possible.

Watch very closely, and you'll see that they're being supported by things behind them.

The reason this is interesting is because of the early trick photography, not the early acrobatics. :)
posted by Malor at 10:23 PM on March 19, 2006


Watch very closely, and you'll see that they're being supported by things behind them.

Watch very closely and you'll see they are all lying on the ground.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 10:28 PM on March 19, 2006


That's brilliant!
posted by metaculpa at 10:28 PM on March 19, 2006


Very nice. Thanks.
posted by dobbs at 10:52 PM on March 19, 2006


Awesome. Thanks, tellurian.

...it seems that the bar is fairly low these days. I remember doing similar things like this growing up with my sister on the living room floor.

What an uninformed comment. Segundo de Chomon invented a lot of early trick photography. Your comment is like snarking on Gutenberg because your house is already full of books.
posted by vacapinta at 12:54 AM on March 20, 2006


That's very cool. The same trick was still entertaining a century later when it was used in this music video. There is nothing new under the sun!
posted by yankeefog at 2:59 AM on March 20, 2006


vacapinta writes "Your comment is like snarking on Gutenberg because your house is already full of books."

heh heh!

I thought it was pretty cool!
posted by OmieWise at 5:09 AM on March 20, 2006


I wonder how this might have been shot. The back set would have been upright for the walk on and exit, front of stage and then shuffle into position. Then the backdrop rotated 90 degrees and the illusion shot from a scaffolding above them perhaps?
posted by tellurian at 5:12 AM on March 20, 2006


Watching that little one crawl up (well, over) into position each time totally creeped me out. Like Linda Blair scurrying across the ceiling.
posted by emelenjr at 7:05 AM on March 20, 2006


...it seems that the bar is fairly low these days. I remember doing similar things like this growing up with my sister on the living room floor.

What an uninformed comment. Segundo de Chomon invented a lot of early trick photography. Your comment is like snarking on Gutenberg because your house is already full of books.
posted by vacapinta


I'm pretty positive that I have never heard of Chomon before, and surely not when I was a kid, and yet, my sister and I came up with the same concept on our own living room floor.
Of course we didn't film it. We did have a home 8mm film camera (this was before videocams), but my dad wouldn't let us play with it.

Great! it's a great video! I won't even begin to tell you how I used to play with G.I.Joes and how I invented sex by having them play with Barbie dolls.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 7:14 AM on March 20, 2006


I invented god by extruding my own plastic dolls. Hell I'd already acted out most of the old testament using nothing but an injection molding machine and my own childish imagination by the time I was 12.
posted by public at 9:32 AM on March 20, 2006


Bullet Time ping pong.
posted by jjj606 at 10:11 AM on March 20, 2006


The ping pong video is excellent!
posted by OmieWise at 10:48 AM on March 20, 2006


Exactly!

The statement, "Segundo de Chomon invented a lot of early trick photography." is probably false. I'm sure Michelangelo would stare amazingly at this truly never before seen feat.
I'm sure there were many people that used different perspectives to create illusions. The post that jjj606 just linked is more of the same.

Your comment is like snarking on Gutenberg because your house is already full of books.
No, my comment is like snarking someone that claimed that Gutenberg invented the written word, or that Hitler invented televising the Olympic Games in 1936. (self godwin.)

It's a cool concept, but I doubt it was that original.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 10:56 AM on March 20, 2006


I don't know why I'm bothering because there is something weird about your comments that I can't quite put my finger on shnoz-gobblin. I get the feeling that it won't make any difference but here goes anyway (note the use of links rather than phrases like "is probably false" or "I doubt it was that original").
From here [some NSFW images]"Another pioneer was Segundo de Chomón, an engineer from Teruel who introduced frame-by-frame filming and the processing and coloring of films like Choque de trenes (Train Crash) [1902], Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) [1903], and Guliver en el país de los gigantes (Gulliver in the Land of the Giants) [1905]. Chomón was also the first film-maker to actually move the camera during filming. Hence, he is the inventor of the traveling shot."
From here"Segundo de Chomon was de [sic] creator of outstanding special effects and animations." "Pioneer in the development of the new film industry, Segundo de Chomon together with Georges Méliès made some of the most significant early 'trick' films." "He marked the beginning of the use of models" "He is also credited with the invention of the dolly."
From here"Barcelona was the center of Spanish moviemaking up until 1915; in addition to Gelabert, Segundo de Chomón was busy during those early days making a series of special effects pictures that led up to his spectacular fantasy film, The Electric Hotel (1905)."
From here"In 1902, Segundo de Chomon colors the first tapes of film to the stencil key set. It makes catch of sight image by image (thus already of the cinema of animation)"
The Goya awards have a prize for technological innovations in cinematography, it's called the "Segundo de Chomón" prize.

I'd go on but I'm afraid you'll choke on my Google spoon.
posted by tellurian at 4:05 PM on March 20, 2006


OK, you've convinced me.
He's the best thing since toilet paper. Godlike in his illusionary expertice. It's no wonder I can't go to the local convienence store without overhearing people swooning about him.
I was just joshing you all about making all this stuff up when I was a kid, in fact, I was never a kid, and you believed it.

And this video! I shall hereby make it a purpose in my life to show the uninitiated the True Way as shown by Mr. Chomon.

I also hereby apologise for any transgression against the good name of Chomon that I may have presented here. That may not be enough! I'll quit my job, sell my posessions, and make a pilgramage to His final resting spot to beg forgiveness from his grave.

I'll be sure to put in a good word for you while I'm there.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 9:53 PM on March 20, 2006


Ta very much.
posted by tellurian at 10:28 PM on March 20, 2006


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