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Video: Light painting is usually used to snazz up still photographs in an awesome 'how they do that' kind of way but this is even cooler. Darren Pearson made this entire video of moving light paintings by hand drawing over 1000 light paintings and capturing them with long exposure at night to create the effect as if the light was alive and characters in a movie.

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Light painting is the process of using light and long exposure photography to create almost electric-looking works of art. This bit of light trickery has been used by artists and hobbyists to create stunning visual works as well as recreating the proton streams from GhostBusters. But Darren Pearson, also known as Darius Twin, instead created "Lightspeed," a stop-motion short film made up of 1139 separate light paintings.

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The more traditional technique of light painting involves creating freehand designs using a point of light in front of a camera taking a long exposure photo. The results are occasionally recognisable — but most often random — and that's part of their appeal. Jeff Crossman and Kevyn McPhail take a different approach though, using a robot arm to create perfectly pixelated light painting images.

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Light painting is something that's almost always impressive to me — ooh! look at the lights! — but this is just off the charts. The Found Collective teamed up with Marshmallow Laser Feast used a gigantic plasma TV on a track to create 3D imagery. It's like 3D light printing.

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This is not a screensaver. Nor is it what happens if something goes wrong at the LHC, or the result of too much LSD. In fact, it's what happens if you have an over-active imagination and go out light paining with a remote control helicopter.