1. Magnus says

    The film uses an animation technique called Pixilation (Not to be confused with Pixelation) It is not widely used by animators but there are some really good films made this way. Norman McLarens ‘Neighbours’ is maybe the most famous, but the norwegian short A Year Along the Abandonded Road (Året gjennom Bøfjorden) is in my opinion one of the best and most beautiful short films ever made. It took eleven years to make, approximately one hundred and fifty days to shoot, and is a travel trough a norwegian fjord from late winter to the next. I don’t know if it is available in the US, i don’t even know if it is available here in norway, except on film, but the pop group AHA made it into a music video for their song ‘Lifelines’ some years ago and that may be available on DVD. Anyway, it’s pure beauty.

    The video with the girl is quite cool. It would be interesting to do that with a child for several years showing the growth and changes, although i suspect it has been done.

  2. says

    Most interesting would be with a really little baby, but there, unfortunately you have the problem of positioning the child consistently; if the baby wiggles around the result would be harder to get on final viewing.

  3. HP says

    Back in the 1960s, audio documentarian Tony Schwartz recorded his daughter every year on her birthday, from birth to adolescence (when she presumably said, “Oh, gawd, Dad — not again”). He then assembled it all into an audio track called “Nancy Grows Up.” I have this on my iPod, and every time it comes up in rotation I have to stop what I’m doing and just listen. You can download an mp3 of it here.

    (Check out the whole Basic Hip site while you’re there — it’s one of the treasures of the Internet.)

  4. HP says

    unfortunately you have the problem of positioning the child consistently

    Matt, never fear; has the solution to that problem.

    (Note: I’ll be going straight to hell for this link — if there were one.)