When winter storm Nemo hit, I don’t think a lot of people were whipping out their projectors and aiming random movies at the heavy snowfall, but that’s exactly what Brian Maffitt did. Over the past few days, I’ve come across several time-lapse videos of Nemo, but I think long-exposure light painting shows it in an entirely new light (no pun intended).
Maffitt first tried using a flashlight on the snowflakes, but it did not provide enough light. So naturally, he used the next best light source: a video projector! I’ve seen The Lorax before, but not like this. The movement of the blowing snows allows for a unique assortment of shapes, sizes and colors that change from frame to frame. I think if the snow were to only fall in one direction, the overall effect would have less impact, so the winter storm definitely had a role in this project.
Why project The Lorax out of all the movies we have today? Why not Twilight, the greatest movie of all time??
“It was at the top of the list under “Children’s Movies” on Netflix,” he says. “I assumed a children’s movie would give me a nice selection of saturated colors, as opposed to using something like “Citizen Kane”. However, when the snow got blowing really fast, the intended colors were lost, replaced by pure red, green, and blue dots, produced by the rotating color wheel on the front of the single-chip DLP video projector. It proved to be an extremely fortunate confluence of nature and digital.”
Aside from those stills, he also created this video of Projector Snow:
It’s trippy, calming, hypnotizing and fascinating all at once. I enjoyed muting the audio and playing something from my iTunes library instead. Right now, I’m on Clocks by Coldplay.
If you did the same, what song are you listening to?