Dezeen Music Task: director Randy Scott Slavin employed long-exposure photography and a Kickstarter-funded tool known as Pixelstick to create the floating visuals in this music video for New York band Cobra Starship.
Pixelstick, which raised above half a million bucks on crowdfunding internet site Kickstarter last yr, allows an sophisticated form of light painting, a photographic technique in which a hand-held light supply is moved for the duration of a lengthy-publicity photograph so that the paths of light generate patterns or phrases in the air.
As explained in the video beneath, Pixelstick consists of a column of LEDs, which display an picture one particular vertical line of pixels at a time. By moving it by way of the air at the appropriate velocity in the course of a long-publicity photograph, the complete picture is exposed.
“I was 1 of the original funders of the Kickststarter campaign for the Pixelstick,” Slavin informed Dezeen. “I’m often on the hunt for new and intriguing photographic gadgets and when I saw Pixelstick’;s video, I knew it was going to be epic.”
“Pixelstick is like a printer,” Slavin explained. “You load images by means of an SD card, the Pixelstick operator walks across the frame as the Pixelstick fires the picture away a single line at a time and the image is ‘printed’; across the frame. Possessing made a number of quit-motion and time-lapse pieces, I knew it would be an remarkable tool to use for this video.”
“A 3:45 minute song equals 5400 frames,” mentioned Slavin. “In order for the Pixelstick operator to be in a position to stroll across the frame the exposures last at least 4 seconds. Which is 6 hours well worth of exposures, not including the time it takes to move from frame to frame, reshoots, mishaps or anything at all else.”
“We wound up shooting this video above 6 nights at a variety of New York spots. We had a great number of encounters with rats, drunk folks telling us that we ought to take their picture, folks asking us if we had been playing ‘lightsabers’;. Any semi-intelligent particular person would throw in the towel, but we made a decision to go for it.”