Monday, August 25, 2008

Olympic Highlights...Matrix Style

Okay, so this is actually kind of an old video, and was made long before the Beijing Olympics. But I never had a good excuse to post it here, and the end of The Biggest Olympics Ever is probably the best reason I'll ever have.

You can actually feel your brain struggle to keep up with your perceptions as you watch it. It's not an unpleasant feeling.

What really blows my mind is that if you showed this video to someone twenty years ago, they would have no idea what they were watching. The "Bullet-Time" 360 effect is unique to contemporary filmmaking, and whether we realize it or not we're all fluent in a kind of film language that would be totally inaccessible to people just a few decades ago.

This skit is from semi-annual Japanese program called Kasou Taishou . You can also watch version of this video where the puppeteers are more obvious.

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