My Fugleflick filmmakers created this effect for their upcoming movie. It was intended to look like the artist was painting The Scream, by Edvard Munch, then becoming the subject of the painting with his own body. There were a bunch of steps to making this illusion. Let's see if we can spell them out below.
This trick doesn't have to be so tricky...
Spin into the art and Jump back out
Falling Out of a Painting
You can add the "magic" if you need to...
Watch the Fugleflick "TRY YOUR BEST"
Try Your Best is the student made movie that inspired this video effect.
Relative Size refers to clues in the picture that help you figure out the size of objects.
Playing with relative size forces the viewer to imagine something much bigger or much smaller than seemingly possible.
Below is a drawing of a fireplace mantel. It has a candle and picture frames. You would imagine that the objects are only about 8"-12" high. Now when you place a human on the mantel that confuses the scene. Either the mantel is much bigger than you thought or the human is a small as a mouse.
Below is a drawing of a building in Arlington Heights. You can tell from the size of the sidewalk and umbrella tables compared to the building that it's probably over 10 stories tall. Now when we add a human into the picture as tall as the building it makes you wonder if the building is much smaller or the human is monstrously big.
How did you do that?
The green screen app by Do Ink allows you to layer video over or under an image. You can record in real time using the camera mode or do what I did above. I recorded the student in front of green screen first which allowed them to crop, resize, and find the best placement over their drawing to create the illusion that they are as small as a mouse according to relative size.
To make it look like the human can stand behind the building and in front of the sky we had to import the scene twice. You'll see on my screenshot above that I sandwiched the green screen footage between duplicate images. Then, I erased the background from the top image using the masking tools in the app. Here is what it might have looked like if you were just viewing it alone. I can do this trick in the superimpose app as well and then import it, but it's not necessary since the Green Screen app has all the tools for erasing too.
Playing with relative size resources:
Take a look at this commercial. It's fun to see the inflatable gorilla set loose in the city. Does it's size seem to change when you compare it to the relative size of the objects around it?
This clip from the Disney adaptation of the book, BFG (Big Friendly Giant) makes everyone feel as small as a mouse when you see the world from the point of view of BFG.
A group of 4th graders used their profile drawings and green screen videos of 1st graders to play with relative size. We called this movie, Little Buddies. See this post for more info.
The animation begins by drawing to objects in the DoInk Animation App.
Both objects need to be a complementary color pairs (red/green), (purple/yellow), (orange/blue)
1. The first object is a circle with lines that converge at the center. I used a spiral, but the lines could also radiate out/in with straight, jagged, curving, bumpy, (whatever) lines.
2. The second object is a figure drawing in the style of Keith Haring. This figure is a solid color with a shape pattern in the complement. I used circles but you can use squares, diamonds, hearts, ovals, flowers, leaves, (whatever) shapes.
The two objects are then layered in the composition mode of the DoInk app. I stretched them both out to 6 seconds and set opposite direction rotations on each.
Then I altered the size of the figure so that it began full size and ended almost so tiny that it disappeared.
The lesson is designed to help students see that complementary colors are extra vibrant in your eyes. The rotation of the lines as they converge into the center create an optical illusion that adds depth to the image. The shrinking of the figure creates the illusion of depth as if he/she is falling. Below is video:
Variation of the idea:
This was my first attempt at this animation idea. In this animation I used the Kaleido Free app to draw lines converging to the center. The app allows you to save your drawing as a movie. To layer the figure and the movie I used the Green Screen App by DoInk.
Hypno Bot (another variation)
Pretty much anything can fall, rotate, and shrink away. Here is a 5th grader's robot falling over two layers of images. One layer is a semi-transparent rotating spiral and the other is a geometric patterned design.
The Quick Version:
Since you can animate photos using the DoInk Animation App, I think this variation on the idea may be the fastest one. Students will pose as if they are falling (in front of green screen). Then they will draw an optical illusion circle (like a spiral design). This will be photographed also.
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