A composite of several painted versions of several ugly heads. Used paint synth, image ops, vectorizer, tweening and frame skipping. Used Quicktime to composite a few layers before then reprocessing in SA to image compress value/sat. i think. Unfortunately even Vimeo's normally good compression makes a mess of this video... I suppose I am to blame for making such a chaotic (and therefore high data rate) animation.

See a higher res version here:
http://www.victrolux.com/movs/posts/ning/ning_FoxHeadSoup.html

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Comment by Paul Perlow on March 11, 2010 at 6:06pm
Victor, This is exceptionally beautiful. However( in my "humble" opinion), the soundtrack takes away from the visual because it divides my attention. Perhaps a simpler soundtrack that did not demand so much focus would even enhance the visual even more.....
Comment by Victor Ingrassia on March 12, 2010 at 6:49am
You're onto the struggle I had about the sound. I too wondered if it was too imposing. I alternated from wanting it silent to just a minimal track to an ambient soundscape to, at least, not 'double tracking' the audio like I did. And the fact that I really hate the guys doing the talking and that I worry that viewers might misunderstand why I am uaing them... all these thing create an unpleasant tension for me. But sometimes I think, 'that's a good reason to keep the sound the way it is'. I also am considering a version that is silent (or almost silent) with th frame rate slowed WAY down to, like, 1 frame per second... with a cross fade between each painting and, possibly, some overdrawing with a simple paint step.

I very much appreciate your comment. Sound is amazingly powerful... sometimes too powerful. And the tension (good & bad) it creates with visual is an area I love more than creating imagery itself. I guess that makes me an editor in the vertical realm (layering).
Comment by Paul Perlow on March 12, 2010 at 9:53am
Victor, I was a bit nervous about about making my comment. I am glad that you took it well. For me, tension in and of itself is neither good nor bad. When the tension acts as a catalyst that leads one to higher realms, then it acts as positive factor. If it misleads and brings a piece down, then it is better to forgo. We are driven as artists and humans to transcendental states in part by our discomfort involving tension. When the focus is the tension and we lose sight of the higher vision, then the tension becomes a negative factor. I would love to see and hear your alternatives for this piece.

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