by Eddie, 11 September 2013
"The idea was that something is happening but you can't see it but you can feel it, like aging itself." - Anthony Ciernello
Artist Anthony Ciernello documented the inevitable effects of aging to stunning results with his short film, Danielle.
Ciernello visited his friend — the titular Danielle — at her family reunion and, with photographer Keith Sirchio, shot portraits of many members of her family; from her young cousins to her eldest relatives.
According to Colossal, Sirchio shot the photos with a Hasselblad camera then Ciernello scanned the images with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York. Drum scanners work by capturing high-quality images via a rapidly rotating acrylic cylinder of awesome. Ye Olde Wikipedia has more on that gadget.
Next, Ciernello, with animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle, composited and morphed the images using After Effects trickery and George Cuddy smoothed the transitions by using a 3D software called Nuke.
Danielle is a haunting piece that magnificently hides its methods behind sheer, stunning technical knowhow. Without reading the descriptions of Ciernello and his team’s technique, I assumed the entire project was computer animated. Be sure to watch the film in its entirety and listen to the chilling score while staring into Danielle’s eyes. And be sure to always remind yourself that every second of every day you’re getting older, and eventually, someday, you will perish.
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