Slow animated GIF

WFMU RadioVision festival last weekend in New York City. It was a thrill to meet station manager Ken Freedman after all these years, too. During his talk, Ken displayed a photo of Keir Dullea in his space helmet from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I thought it was a static image, but once every 90 seconds or something happens. It was fun seeing people in the audience do a double take when they noticed it.


    1. I think he would probably used a little longer or more ambiguous timeframe if he was just trying to mess with our heads. Don’t get any ideas, though, Mark.  

      As it is, it’s slightly underwhelming if you are waiting for it, but really creepy if you have it sprung on you by surprise.  I think I might have to try this myself, as the animation part doesn’t carry too much file size baggage, beyond the nature of GIFs in general.

  1. Ken is, as most WFMU fans know, the king of animated GIFs. He posts plenty of them on his playlists:

  2. Love it.

    Reminds me of Julian Opie’s self-portrait in the National Portrait Gallery (London).  It looks static at first, but as you get closer you realise it’s “breathing”… then it blinks.

    1. Is that a lemur?
      I thought it was an aye-aye, but after further research I can see the ears are all wrong for an aye-aye.

      It was the hands that made me do a doubletake for the lemur…. I’m no primatologist, or even really a biologist.  But from what I remember of the Krat brothers, lemurs look different from the animal in the illustration.  Their hands tend to be a little less bony.  Not that I’ve seen more than one or two different species of lemur at the zoo, and maybe a half-dozen different species on TV.

      Do you know what species that’s supposed to be?  I’m honestly curious.  I like to know everything about mascots, or really all animals we encounter in images all over the place, but don’t think deeply about.

      It always pisses me off to see an eagle on TV sweetened with a red-tailed hawk cry :-[  Sure eagle’s vocalizations aren’t “impressive” but I think a lot of people would side with me that it’s deceptive and stupid to always have eagles make a screeching cry, while in nature they only really chirp.

  3. That would make an awesome poster/wall hanging art piece.  Couldn’t be in the bedroom though, or sleep would never come again.

  4. The pace of the gif is just about as fast as the movie itself!
    Just kidding, A Space Odyssey is my all-time favorite movie, without even having to think about it.

  5. Its from the fantastic Tumblr “If we don’t remember me”, Inventor of Cinematic GIFs before they were a fashion-thing, still master of that stuff. Here’s their archive and here’s the original entry:

    1. I was wondering if someone was going to post the link to the original artist/blog. They’re called Cinemagrams. It’s an animated gif but only part of the image is animated, while the rest is a static image.

  6. I’d love a 1080p version of this to use as part of a screensaver for my home theater.  I think I have a new project…

  7. Great gif, the marching band walking through his facemask was my favourite part (about 15 minutes in).

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