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The Other Side

Living Pictures

This project was originally for the Arts & Business Council of Miami, the project was to create content to display for a breakfast meeting. When I presented my idea, it got shut down due to the nature of the -almost gruesome- painting, but they encouraged me to go ahead and do this anyway so I did.
Searching for paintings online, I came across this one. It caught my eye, there's something about her eyes that drew me in. I wanted to work on this one. 

contacted the artist, Paolo Pedroni, and within a week, he replied to me and gave me permission to use his artwork, he also was kind enough to send me a 4K picture which is what I worked with-- and needed.

This was presented in a set of 6 screens forming a huge vertical one and I knew it had to loop, and it had to be a perfect loop, which I accomplished.

The Other Side got shown at the Intercontinental Hotel regardless and was the main attraction.


The most time consuming part was separating all the elements on their own, I did this with Photoshop and a lot of patience. I cut each element into its own layer, often creating a bit extra because I knew I needed to create parallax between the elements (for example her back and her hand) in order to create the illusion of depth. 

After this, I brought all the elements into After Effects and started doing some magic:
Wave effects, puppet pins, offsetting, animating, looping, particles, glints, texture overlays, and a bunch of other stuff; you really have to watch it a couple of times to catch it all.

For more Living Pictures (aka Cinemagraphs) head over here.

Thanks for taking your time to read this, if you have any questions about this project, or you would like to work together to make a photograph/painting come to life, shoot me an e-mail!