Illusory New Year videos

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The word “Illusions” written in an impossible 3-D font (namely such a font cannot exist in the real world – akin to the Penrose triangle and impossible staircase)

Since 2009 our family has been making short videos to welcome the new year. These are no ordinary videos, often requiring days of discussion, planning, construction, shooting and editing. Our videos never feature us (expect maybe a still-shot of the entire family towards the end) but are usually typographical in nature. There is some kind of visual illusion involved, sometimes a play on words synchronized to music. The videos have become more elaborate over the years and the challenge, of course, is to create something that tops what we had done in the past years. As you can imagine this has become more and more difficult as the years go by. What makes things more complicated is that we have no budget to speak of ($10 is around as much as we have ever spent in any given year). Working on these videos has led to is some great family moments, as we argue, discuss, collaborate and create. Here they are in reverse chronological order:

Goodbye 2020 (the idea behind the video)

Writing with Light, 2019 (the science behind the illusion)

Reflect on 2018 (the math behind the illusion)

Sliding into 2018 (the science behind the illusion)

Perspective: Goodbye 2016, Welcome 2017 (how this was done?)

2016- The Transformation (blog post)

2015 – Inside-Out: Floating cubes with a twist (blog post)

2014 – Point of view: What a difference it can make (blog post)

2013 – Dimensions: 2D or 3? (blog post)

2012 – The tricks that color can play (blog post)

2011 – The power of the shadow (blog post)

2010 – Stop motion & play-doh (blog post)

2009 (1) – Skittles, a car and a tortoise (blog post)

2009 (2) – Shreya’s Magic Touch