This incredible stop motion light painting video took a year to shoot (VIDEO)


posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:30 PM EST


Light painting and stop motion are both techniques that require a ludicrous amount of time and effort to get perfectly right. Light painting needs long exposures, and essentially working blind in the attempt to make an image look how you want it to. Stop motion necessitates exacting attention to detail to make sure every individual frame flows correctly from one image to the next. But combining the two? That's an exercise in wonderful insanity.

And that's exactly what light artist Darren Pearson with his video Light Goes On. This 1:21 stop motion, light painted piece took him over a year of filming to create, showing a skeleton doing skateboard tricks around a variety of locations. That's right, he had to light paint each and every image of the entire video, each time making sure that it matched up perfectly with the frame before. As he says on his website:

After a year of work and more than seven-hundred individual light-painted frames, I'm happy to release 'Light Goes On' - An animated light-painting film about a skateboarding skeleton.

It's an incredible amount of work for what amounts to about one minute of active footage — but it's still one of the most incredible things we've seen in a long time.

(via Colossal)