Isn't that quite the most extraordinary thing? I've seen a few of those 'take a photo every day for years' assemblages before but never one as good as this.
It's the work of Anthony Cerniello who, with his team, created the film using members of one family that happen to be all very similar in looks. 'The idea', he says, 'Was to create a person in order to emulate the aging process. The idea was that something is happening but you can't see it but you can feel it, like ageing itself.' COLOSSAL's Chris Jobson describes Cerniello's process:
'Last Thanksgiving, Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives with a Hasselblad medium format camera. Then began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York, at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure. Next he brought on animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle who worked in After Effects and 3D Studio Max to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible. Finally, Nuke (a kind of 3D visual effects software) artist George Cuddy was brought on to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.'
The end product is amazing. Well done to the team and to Mark Reveley for the atmospheric music.