Filmmaker Anthony Cerniello created this AMAZING time lapse video to emulate the aging process. He explains, “The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself.”
But the “Danielle” you see is not a real person, well not ONE real person, at least. She is a composite-person that Anthony created from photographs of actual, multi-generational women in one family.
COLOSSAL’s Chris Jobson describes the filmmaker’s process, which is as astounding as the resulting video. “Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives…”. He then began the painstaking process of scanning each photo, “at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure.” Next he brought on animators “to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible.” Finally, a 3D visual effects software artist entered the mix “to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.”
Turn the volume on and hang in… the pay-off is worth it. It might feel a little slow at times, but subtle changes are happening to “Danielle” that your eyes may not even pick up on, which is so true of the aging process in real life.