Visual effects artist makes “magic” with video

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As a self-proclaimed “video assistant”, Parry’s creations have a pretty magical touch – created through visual effects, including illusions and stop-motion animations.

“I try to make my videos simple and effortless, but I want them to disturb people so much that they just have to watch them over and over again,” he says.

To do this, Parry uses editing and camera work as part of his illusions.

The work is meticulous and sometimes extremely tedious, he says. For example, Parry once created a stop-motion animation of him skateboarding along a track. Behind the scenes, he took 360 photographs of himself lying on the floor in different positions, using a camera mounted on the ceiling. In another stop-motion video, he decorated his Christmas tree 300 times to make the ornaments appear to be moving all over the tree.
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“There’s usually a point in the middle of my videos where I’m like, ‘Am I a crazy person?’,” He told CNN.

His illusions, which include turning into random objects, are also difficult to create. For example, a video of Parry turning into balloons involved filming yourself for hours on end, making sure the cups fit snugly into each other, and digitally recreating each other, while making sure he didn’t not get hurt. The five-second clip took a week to edit.

For Parry, his hard work is well worth it. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be a magician,” he says. “Doing these kinds of video magic tricks is my way of being a magician after all.”

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