September 21, 2005 8:17 PM   Subscribe

Lifted from the fabulous Tween: "Start with botany, mix in a little nanotechnology and genetic engineering, add a dash of sci-fi daydreams and maybe you’d end up with something like the creatures in 1st Avenue Machine’s new music video for Alias." [quicktime]. Click on projects for other examples of 1stavemachine's work.
posted by Armitage Shanks (9 comments total)
very cool. thanks for that.
posted by atom128 at 9:11 PM on September 21, 2005

Nice. Thanks! I enjoyed that.
posted by shoepal at 9:11 PM on September 21, 2005

...How many centuries before I can have some of that in my garden?
posted by wanderingmind at 9:50 PM on September 21, 2005

Very cool, if a wee bit monotonous. The hand-held camera is a nice touch, adding a bit of realism. Nice music, too.
posted by zardoz at 9:55 PM on September 21, 2005

I wonder if it was all rendered or if the backgrounds were video. The flowers looked very real.

Totally awesome.
posted by joegester at 10:34 PM on September 21, 2005

Very nice, looked like CG composited onto hand held video like their other robots vid.

Still, would have been a bit nicer with tighter editing as the sound/object relationship after the first 30 seconds becomes irrelevant.

(actually come to think of it, a David Attenborough voice over in the mix would have been awesome.)
posted by rawfishy at 11:08 PM on September 21, 2005

that was hot.
posted by shmegegge at 4:45 AM on September 22, 2005

At first I thought: Impressive, they look 90% organic. Some slightly better surface mapping and it would have been perfect. Then I realized that this was exactly the way it was supposed to look-- half-bio/half-machine. Who knew there was an uncanny valley for pseudoflora. It might have had something to do with the blinking.
posted by gwint at 7:09 AM on September 22, 2005

I wondered if the "hand-held" were actually accomplished with some deft, randomized pan-and-scan. It would have simplifed the animation immensely.
posted by dhartung at 6:37 PM on September 22, 2005

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