The Approximate Present from Filippo Baraccani on Vimeo.

My graduation project at the University of the Arts Bremen in 2014.

A short animated film about the weather – inspired and informed by chaos theory and Lorenz attractors, romantic landscape paintings and the minimalist polygonal look of early computer simulations.

Music: Origamibiro - Flicker (origamibiro.com)
Watching in fullscreen is recommended!

From inception to completion, making “The Approximate Present” took me about one and a half months of full-time work.

The idea that emerged from the premise to make an animated short about the weather was rather simple: using the basic notion of chaos theory (the slightest variation in initial conditions will eventually lead to an unpredictably different outcome) as a narrative structure.

For the film’s look, I knew from the outset that I wanted it to be stylized, minimal and solid (for lack of a better term), somewhat reminiscent of early flight simulators. At the same time, I strived to convey a certain sense of place and emotion, drawing inspiration from my own experiences of various weather phenomena. The way different weather conditions can completely change the appearance and mood of a landscape has always held great fascination for me – a fascination I tried to express through the film’s images as good as I could. That’s why I spent a lot of time on the lighting, colors and post-processing. For reference, I looked at romantic paintings of landscapes and dramatic, overly saturated skies and clouds, for instance those of british painter William Turner.

Finding the right music to go with the images I envisioned was another important part of making “The Approximate Present”. After listening to what must have been hundreds of tracks, I came upon “Flicker” by Origamibiro (which they generously share on freemusicarchive.org). I immediately knew I had found the right track. Besides being a simply beautiful piece, I think it matches, or even mirrors the film’s structure really well.

For modeling and animating, I used Cinema 4D, and After Effects for additional animation, editing, color grading and post-processing. A bit of Processing was also involved in the visualization of the Lorenz attractors – the butterfly-shaped lines.

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Melting Points from General Electric on Vimeo.

Watch what happens when a range of different materials are subjected to the same temperatures withstood by modern jet engines like the GE9X, which powers the Boeing 777X.

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Moon from meara o’reilly on Vimeo.

A collaboration with Snibbe Interactive and Björk on concert visuals for the Biophilia tour. Cymatic patterns were synced to the basslines of songs and played as introductions. Video was designed to be projected on the floor so as to give the appearance that Björk stands on a large cymatic device. In some cases, the projections occurred on backdrop screens.

This work was debuted at the Manchester International Festival on June 30th, 2011. The program can be found at: bjork.fr/IMG/pdf/bjork-mif-booklet.pdf. The announcement from Snibbe Interactive is here: snibbeinteractive.com/blog/2011/07/12/biophilia/

For the best listening experience, please wear headphones: the low bass that the patterns are synced to doesn’t read well on most laptop speakers.

Concept by Björk

Produced by Snibbe Interactive.
Director of Photography and Editing: Noah Cunningham
Assistant Director of Photography: Elia Vargas
Project Manager: Sharon Hibbert
Production Assistant:Sharon Pieczenik

Special Thanks to:

Isaiah Saxon
Sean Hellfritsch
Saul Griffith
Ray Gruenig
Tucker Gilman
Joshua Kit-Clayton
Andrew Benson
Curver Thoroddson
Damian Taylor

mearaoreilly.com

11 October 2014 Comments

Hollow from meara o’reilly on Vimeo.

A collaboration with Snibbe Interactive and Björk on concert visuals for the Biophilia tour. Cymatic patterns were synced to the basslines of songs and played as introductions. Video was designed to be projected on the floor so as to give the appearance that Björk stands on a large cymatic device. In some cases, the projections occurred on backdrop screens.

This work was debuted at the Manchester International Festival on June 30th, 2011. The program can be found at: bjork.fr/IMG/pdf/bjork-mif-booklet.pdf. The announcement from Snibbe Interactive is here: snibbeinteractive.com/blog/2011/07/12/biophilia/

For the best listening experience, please wear headphones: the low bass that the patterns are synced to doesn’t read well on most laptop speakers.

Concept by Björk

Produced by Snibbe Interactive.
Director of Photography and Editing: Noah Cunningham
Assistant Director of Photography: Elia Vargas
Project Manager: Sharon Hibbert
Production Assistant:Sharon Pieczenik

Special Thanks to:

Isaiah Saxon
Sean Hellfritsch
Saul Griffith
Ray Gruenig
Tucker Gilman
Joshua Kit-Clayton
Andrew Benson
Curver Thoroddson
Damian Taylor

mearaoreilly.com

11 October 2014 Comments