Sometimes, all you need are a good lighting system and out-of-the-box techniques to create incredible effects and even transform the appearance of your subject!
This two-minute short was actually a teaser directed by film industry professional Nacho Guzman for the music video of “Sparkles and Wine” by French duo Opale. Here you would see a woman whose face seems to be morphing repeatedly – if you’re thinking that some complicated software had been used to create this effect, you’re wrong. Apparently, only a rotating light source caused these dramatic shifts in her appearance and the video’s overall tone and mood.
Based on the video, we can deduce that certain angles of the light create shadows that make the face appear somber, relaxed, and even daunting. The changes in the color of the light, as well as the subject’s small movements and acting (and a bit of wind effect!), make for excellent touches. Just a note, though, this video runs quite fast for observation so you might want to hit the pause button in between to see it frame by frame.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the full music video for “Sparkles and Wine.” You’d be amazed to know that this super cool work was “created entirely without the assistance of any kind of animation software or 3D technique. What you see has been generated on real time thanks to the lighting system and the kinetic optical feedback, and then mixed together.”