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We Got Time for David Wilson and his Stacked Praxinoscopes
April 25, 2009 4:39 PM   Subscribe

We Got Time [QT video, YT video] is a mind-boggling music video by David Wilson for the band Moray McLaren. It comes with a handy making-of video that explains how the in-camera effects were achieved, the platter artwork, and some very nice behind the scenes stills.
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posted by carsonb at 4:41 PM on April 25, 2009


This is awesome, I had a chance to see it earlier today.

I watched the video before I watched the making of, and my jaw hit the floor when I realized it was all done in camera.
posted by mrzarquon at 4:43 PM on April 25, 2009


SPOILER: Bambi's mom gets a raw deal.

This reminds me of the work of Roel Wouters, who directed Robot High School, but it's actually more spatially artful.

More about praxinoscopes.

I've been spending the day reading about kinetoscopes, kinescopes, and now praxiscopes. I think I might have scoposcopophilia. Or... well, metavoyeurism.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:45 PM on April 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Even more praxinoscope goodness.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:52 PM on April 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Wow. Cool. Wonderful.
posted by Xoebe at 4:58 PM on April 25, 2009


You'd think that people had never seen a zoetrope before.
posted by GavinR at 5:08 PM on April 25, 2009


nice, even the making of video is cool.
posted by saul wright at 5:14 PM on April 25, 2009


Neat!

/Bender
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:27 PM on April 25, 2009


Can someone explain how they changed the record labels mid-shot (e.g. at 3:25)?
posted by Dr. Send at 5:35 PM on April 25, 2009


I loved the video and I loved the "making of" video even more. Excellent find!
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:38 PM on April 25, 2009


> Can someone explain how they changed the record labels mid-shot (e.g. at 3:25)?

They spent a lot of time mapping this out in previs animations, and I would guess they did cut to swap to a different disk with the transitional animation on it, and then another cut to a full disk.

Everything was timed so they could easily cut at each frame, as long as the camera and table were locked in relation to each other, it would be pretty much seamless.
posted by mrzarquon at 5:42 PM on April 25, 2009


From the YouTube Description: The transitions between each section of animation was created by simply cutting or wiping between the bits of footage.
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:51 PM on April 25, 2009


Heh. I know another David Wilson, who reads Mefi but doesn't have an account yet.

Hi David!
posted by Pronoiac at 6:56 PM on April 25, 2009


Under Chuck Norris' beard is not a chin. There is merely another wolf.
posted by Pronoiac at 7:02 PM on April 25, 2009 [3 favorites]


Quite a spectacular show of optical wit paired with quite an unspectacular guitar rock song. I like echo-effect-abuse at the end, but it's a shame the track isn't in the league of "Fell in Love With a Girl" or "Take On Me".
posted by bendybendy at 7:31 PM on April 25, 2009


This is a really memorable music video.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 7:49 PM on April 25, 2009


Meh.
posted by longsleeves at 9:52 PM on April 25, 2009


The song is a bit meh, but the video and technique are excellent and fit the song perfectly. Great post.
posted by Robin Kestrel at 11:04 PM on April 25, 2009


This video deserves a much better song.
posted by mmoncur at 2:34 AM on April 26, 2009 [1 favorite]



Heh. I know another David Wilson, who reads Mefi but doesn't have an account yet.


Get an account, you cheapskate.
posted by popcassady at 3:59 AM on April 26, 2009


Can someone explain to me what in-camera effects are and why they're so amazing right now? Plain English, if possible.
posted by Eideteker at 5:44 AM on April 26, 2009


Also, how is that band not Coldplay?
posted by Eideteker at 5:49 AM on April 26, 2009


IAMAVA, but I think it means they made it in real life and just shot it and cut it. They didn't use programs like Aftereffects etc. to make the craziness happen.
posted by nosila at 6:07 AM on April 26, 2009


They're amazing right now because almost everything you see anywhere anymore has been digitally enhanced to a large degree or, almost as likely, did not involve real objects/people moving in space at all.
posted by nosila at 6:08 AM on April 26, 2009


In-camera means without the aid of computer effects -- that all the fancy stuff you see in the video was happening in real-time and in real-life.
posted by flatluigi at 7:33 AM on April 26, 2009


Sorry for being an aesthetic elitist, but gimmicks don't do anything for me. I appreciate all of the hard work and intelligence that went into this, but I'll take a good song, poem, painting or film over this kind of thing any day.
posted by kozad at 8:54 AM on April 26, 2009


Well, if this deconstructed persistence of vision is a gimmick, you may as well take "film" off your precious list.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:02 PM on April 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Song is great, video is great, post is great. I'm glad I saw this today.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:11 PM on April 26, 2009


Eidetaker:

1. Basically they just took one more step down the road via which Coldplay became an even more mediocre U2.

2. So far as I can tell, "in-camera special effects" means that they didn't have to do post-production work (i.e. CGI) to add the special effects — the camera recorded what you see.
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:13 AM on April 28, 2009


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