Much like trying to notice the imperceptible movement of an analog clock's hands, it's next to impossible to notice the signs of aging in the short term. Humans age in invisible ways every second, but the effects can take months or years to register on a person's face or body. Anthony Cerniello, a filmmaker who has worked on music videos for bands like Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a host of MTV documentary series, as well as commercials for the San Diego Zoo and Ugg, wanted to examine the aging process and decided to do so with a short film.
In "Danielle," a stunning time-lapse video starring his friend, we see a young girl age into an older woman over the course of five minutes. Instead of using the most common method of making a time-lapse video, Cerniello developed a unique process in order to create his film. He joined his friend at a family reunion and took photos of her female relatives. He then compared the photos to photos of his friend and looked for similarities in bone structure. After using Adobe After Effects on the subsequent parade of pictures, Cerniello was able to create a morphing effect that appeared to show a woman aging, but the transitions are so subtle, the result is not actually surprising. He then hired a small team of animators to make the photos of "Danielle" come alive through blinks and slight movements. After color correcting the skin tone, hair, and eyes, Cerniello used an original piece of music written by a friend to give the video its abstract, eerie feel.
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