L’illusion de Joseph

Virtual reality, 360-degree videos, social networks, video games that look like movies and movies that resemble video games:
I think that most of the entertainment`s world nowadays has become monstrous and it is no longer just eyes` illusion, but often illusion of the mind.
I do not know about you but personally, among all these innovation`s turbines, I find myself still attracted by ancient methods and tools which continue to fascinate me. Some time ago I came across a phenakistoscope (also spelled as phenakistiscope or phenakitiscope or phantasmascope or phantascope), an antique optical instrument that displays animated images (practically current animated gif) invented in 1832 by Joseph Plateau. I then found some scans of these circles on the Internet and I began to digitally animate them. After a few attempts, I started to combine these animations trying to create something original and unpublished. Eventually, in order to stay on, I created a stop motion with paper toys from nineteenth-century that open and close the video. The music was carefully crafted by Al-Maranca.
The result of all this work is called “L’illusion de Joseph” in honour of Joseph Plateau, inventor of phenakistoscope.
Enjoy 🙂

Created and Directed by Pask D’Amico
for Klesha production www.kleshaproduction.com

Music by Al-Maranca in “Il ballo della coccinella sul panno bianco” (A.Maranca)
https://al-maranca.bandcamp.com/

Special thanks to Luca Spennato for photography supervision

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