Illusory New Year videos


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:

Writing with Light, 2019

Reflect on 2018

Sliding into 2018

Perspective: Goodbye 2016, Welcome 2017

2016- The Transformation (or the power of alcohol to distort reality)

2015 – Inside-Out: Floating cubes with a twist 

2014 – Point of view: What a difference it can make

2013 – Dimensions: 2D or 3?

2012 – The tricks that color can play

2011 – The power of the shadow

2010 – Stop motion & play-doh

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

2009 (2) – Shreya’s Magic Touch