The Ballett Zurich had a great idea for their new website: they wanted to show animated portraits of the dancers, like the so called “Cinemagraphs”. Cinemgraphs have been established in 2011 by two American photographers who really brought the technology to perfection. Funny enough, the technology is quite old and based on the GIF animation, developed in 1983. The tricky parts when creating them, are capturing the animation (synchronous first and last frame), timing the images (animation), reducing to 256 colors only and making sure the file doesn’t get too big.
To create such portraits of the ballett dancers I’ve filmed and photographed them during two days, and then imported the movieframes to image layers acccording to the criteria above. And now you can see the final animations on the new website of the Ballett Zurich: www.ballett-zuerich.ch.
Here are a few examples of the portraits, rendered as mouseover-animations
(just run your mouse over them):