Flight Patterns by Charlie McCarthy

Nature is an experimental animator. This is a video of long-exposure photos of bugs moving under a street light. While the process is not animation, the results evoke scratch-on-film techniques, not to mention the more obvious comparison to PikaPika.

(via Kottke)


  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    These are a series of images that are manipulated to create the illusion of movement. That’s animation enough for me.

  • http://scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    Brilliant! Proof positive that animation is everywhere, in a multi-dimensional, other-worldly sense.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    I’ve always enjoyed his experimental work with Edgar Bergen and Mortimer Snerd.

  • http://www.milowerx.com Mike Milo

    So those are real bug trails or animated photo bg with drawings for the bug’s trails? If it’s real it’s pretty cool to see bug’s flying in that corkscrew shape!

  • christy

    thats really cool!!!!!!!!

  • Joe

    Charlie McCarthy’s work on vimeo is definitely worth looking at. What he can do with a consumer cam is awesome. I’d also recommend the work of vimeo user Remyyy.

  • guest

    wow. that was boring.
    what´s so special about a long exposure/ time lapse.
    -> no story-> no real animation-> fun “test” that gets far more attention than it deserves.