Promonews - 21st May 2020

LAMAR+NIK have a thing about combining live performance and animation - often mind-bogglingly labour intensive projects for the likes of The Shins and Samantha Crain. Here is their latest tour de force, for Oklahoma City surf-pop outfit Husbands, which employs a technique that's well over 100 years old, called 'scanimation'.

Also known as barrier-grid animation, kinegrams, or picket fence animation, the directing duo have created a number of these scanimations that create a simple optical illusion effect, as the band perform Manhorse, from their album After The Gold Rush Party).

L+N created a base image by combining several frames of video in one interlaced image, which was then printed on to card stock. Then a transparent bar mask was printed, placed on top of the interlaced image. Then it was moved back and forth, creating the illusion of movement. And that creates a strangely compelling visual element to an otherwise straightforward performance.

You can watch the behind the scenes here, and also download LAMAR+NIK's printable Scanimations and try them out at home.

PRO Credits


Director of PhotographySpenser Sakurai
Production AssistantAeddon Wegrzyn-Van Zant
Director's RepresentationLas Bandas Be Brave
LabelCowboy 2.0
Other creditsSPECIAL THANKS: Mason Drumm

Promonews - 21st May 2020

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