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.
“Lightspeed,” released earlier this week, is actually the second film Pearson has created by using a mixture of stop motion but also a few long exposure landscape shots. 2013’s “Light Goes On,” which used 720 light-painted frames, has a similar vibe, and what I can only assume, required an equal amount of fortitude to withstand the inherent tediousness that can come with stop motion.
Darren Pearson says on his website that “Lightspeed” was a culmination of one year’s work, which is actually really impressive when you consider what it takes to just make one light painting. Unfortunately, now I’m greedy — I want a full film completely created using this light magic. That would only be like…68,340 paintings for a two-hour film. That’s not so bad, right?[YouTube via PetaPixel]