For a few years I have seen the Best Illusion of the Year Contest pass me by. Last time I decided I actually wanted to do something for it but just submitting one of my impossible figures felt a bit uninspiring as I make a bunch of them every year. This idea first came to me in November 2010, but back then it was just a loose concept for a computer animation. It wasn’t until July last year that I picked it up again, swapped to real models and did a whole lot of the design work, sadly too late to make the 2011 contest.
As I got distracted with taking my motorcycle license last autumn I managed to forget about the contest again! Though by chance I stopped by their site the 22nd of February this year, that is about 1½ weeks ago, and I saw that they had extended the deadline to March 1st! This meant I had actually missed the original deadline already, which apparently was February the 14th, shock! Noting how lucky I was to have randomly browsed to their site and that they actually had extended the deadline I instantly decided that I had to do this project, and I had one week to pull it off. I quickly got started as I didn’t want to miss yet another year.
I will go into more detail of how I planned and executed this, but as that would spoil the experience of watching the video I am saving that for a later post. Right now, watch the end result below and hopefully your mind will still work properly afterwards :)
Update: I actually redid the video with another piece of music and with better timing. And I removed the annoying twitching, version 1.1 is much better!