Mind-Bending Recursive Illusion Created Using Printed Photographs

Whoa. If you enjoy watching mind-bending concepts that confuse you and make your brain hurt, check out this experimental short by Willie Witte, titled “Screengrab.”

Nothing in the video is computer generated trickery: it simply uses clever camera tricks and a whole lotta printed photographs to create the seamless transitions. “All the trickery took place literally in front of the camera,” Witte says. See if you can understand what’s going on through the entire 1 minute and 30 seconds.


The whole thing is an “experiment in transitions,” Witte says in the video’s description. You can try to recreate the effect yourself by printing out high-resolution screengrabs at the end of each segment and using those photo as the transition into the next clip.

BOOOOOOOM writes that Witte is a documentary filmmaker who’s currently working on a series of PBS. In his free time, Witte turns to experimental personal projects that deal with analog visual techniques. This short film was created during one of his evening brainstorming sessions.

(via Boing Boing)

P.S. In case you’re wondering, the background music is by artist Kevin McAlpine.

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  • Trythe1

    Trippy stuff

  • bob cooley

    Nicely done.

  • chubbs

    Holy crap!

  • gabe sturdevant

    Bet that was fun to edit together.

  • NeilV

    Someone has too much time on their HANDS! ;-)

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Time and paper.

  • Cantwaittogivethisago

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Guillermo

    At one point he had “buy ink” written on his hand.

  • someDudeLeavingAComment

    1st off Awesome!!!

    2nd the dude must of had a sponsor from HP Ink to pull off that many prints.