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Animation On A Belt of Bursting Balloons

Very clever viral vid from director Dulcidio Caldeira for MTV Brazil. The balloons are mounted on a track. A cart bearing a camera and a sharp pin starts rolling at one end, filming and popping as it goes. Each balloon has a single frame of the animation hand-drawn on its surface. Looks like they may have stopped it a couple times to clear balloon bits from the lens. [via Dude Craft]

20 thoughts on “Animation On A Belt of Bursting Balloons

  1. I wonder if they inflated the balloons before drawing on them. As fast as latex balloons deflate, the first ones would be flat by the time I got them all inked and tied on.

    1. Not if they put powder in them, like it looks like they did. Those things last forever! You have to kill them to get them to deflate!

  2. A fantastic idea that’s worth all the effort they put into it. (I’m sure Craigslist was full of “Balloon-tying intern needed” jobs.)
    The first time I saw this I kept thinking “They need to put a fan under the camera to clear the fragments.” Putting a fan under the camera and pointing it up and away from the lens is a classic way of keeping debris and mist away from the lens. (As well as having an downward angled sheet of plexi in front of the lens to keep stuff from piling in front of it.)

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