Director Lee Skinner Takes Us for a Trippy Spin in New Drew Lustman Promo
Conceptual filmmaker Lee Skinner returns with a new piece that showcases his unique visual style and technical prowess. This latest journey into experimental imagery from Lee is the official music track for ‘Wolves’, from electronic artist Drew Lustman’s latest project 'The Crystal Cowboy.'
Lee explains the techniques used in this surreal and visually arresting piece of work: "This music video exploits a glitch inherent in most modern digital video cameras, that being the distortion caused by rolling shutter. Rolling shutter describes how modern CMOS sensor chips scan each frame progressively, from top to bottom. It's the same technology that causes wobbly Jell-O like artifacting of your shaky cell phone videos. For this music video, a motorised rig was built to spin a camera on its x-axis, so that it tumbles backward. Using a voltage dimmer, the motor is brought up to just the right speed so that each frame is scanned in the time that it takes to do a full revolution around. This causes a 360 degree view to be compressed vertically into the frame and stabilised there. The effect presents a critique of the medium itself, accomplished by pushing contemporary video to its limits."
The result is a mind-bending effect that is created completely in-camera with no post-production necessary. Dancers shrink, duplicate, and break the laws of physics, while bright lights streak and splinter against darkness, culminating in psychedelic presentation of warped motion and flickering light.
Once again Lee’s fascinating use of unusual and cutting edge video artistry proves that he is a talent to watch closely.
Category: Music video , Short films
Genre: Music & Sound Design