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At an RCA event Oscar Lhermitte had the idea to mount a camera to an electric drill and record the outcome, dubbed “Seeing in Circles.” With the camera recording at 15 fps and the drill spinning 20 times per second, the resulting image turns whatever the camera is pointed at into a swirling kaleidoscopic video. Lhermitte explains:
Instead of making a normal movie, I am trying to get a colour gradient of what the camera is shooting. There is no postproduction involved, the effect is achieved by connecting the lens of the camera to a drilling machine.
Sometimes the simplest hacks can yield surprising results.