Photographic Memory!

Dabe sends us one of the coolest video submissions I’ve seen in a long time. As we’re gearing up to release the new video galleries on BME, I thought this would be a great addition to show what kind of creativity can be used in video submissions for the site. I’ll let Dabe fill you in on all the details:

DivX download (11 MB) link for BME members: Extreme2 or Full members

So with the help of Tony Touch, I am getting an awesome Nerd sleeve worked on whenever I go visit Toledo. We decided to roll with an evolution of cameras at first, then more nerdy references above.

Tony got the idea from another artist to do a stop-motion video where it looks like the tattoo does itself. I brought in a single alienbee and softbox, plus my handy new remote, and we got to it.

Hopefully we’ll do this for the entire arm. I’d love to have that kind of record of progress on this :)

Since everyone is asking, some things about the tattoo:
-The actual time of the sitting was 4 hours
-This video is comprised out of 1054 shots
-”ROZWÓJ” is Polish for “development”
-The numbers on the film canister reflect the date I took my first serious photograph
-Yes, the film is 35mm, but it’s not going into any of the cameras, just wrapping around. I’m well aware that it looks odd having it next to medium format cameras, but it will make sense when the rest of the sleeve is completed. :)

Song: Helen of Troy by Telefon Tel Aviv

5d Mark ii
24-70mm f2.8
Final Cut Pro

24 thoughts on “Photographic Memory!

  1. Amazing. I think I’m going to steal the idea next time there is a sweet tattoo at the shop. >)

  2. this is definitely the best modblog post in a very long time!

    The thought that went into this video blows my mind, and it was beautifully executed.

  3. i loved the finger pointing and the glove wipe across the arm, adds character to the effect. kudos to your patience for this dying art of stop motion. a well done clip.
    curious though. looks like you zoomed the lens (rather than panned the camera) what did you do to measure the increments cause the zooms were flawless. also, of the four hours how much of that was setting up and holding still for the camera?

  4. I just filmed the first segment for a video series that I’m trying to start doing for modblog. The second video is scheduled to be filmed this weekend at the San Jose convention. I’d love to set up more time lapse videos because they’re very cool.

    Tony and Dabe did a great job on this video and I can’t wait to see the rest of his tattoo being completed.

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