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ROOMBACALYPSE -- A Vacuum Timelapse Odyssey!

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I recently purchased an awesome IRobot "ROOMBA" vacuum cleaner (as part of my neverending quest to make household chores tolerable). After watching the cute little circular robot zoom across our floors with endless gusto, I decided to try and attach different lights to the top and shoot some timelapses. I then "stacked" the images the same way I would create star trails, using STARSTAX. The result was a psychedelic look that I had a lot of fun with! To amplify the patterns, I used a variation of mirroring effects to create symmetrical designs. For lights, I used a camping headlamp and a flashing rescue beacon. Blue pool ball shots were created using glow in the dark golf balls provided by friend/producer Michael Darrow. Arcade screens were composited in after to avoid stacking.

Thanks to my wonderful and extremely talented girlfriend for contributing original vocals to the video, set to a sick track (PROTON TRIP) from her writing partner (and frequent Sunchaser collaborator) Adam Jeremy Williams at Cinemasonixx.

For stills and pictures of the rig, check out the FLICKR ALBUM link here:

Shot and Edited by: Gavin Heffernan /
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Produced by: Michael Darrow and Gavin Heffernan
Camera EOS 6D, 24mm 1.4L, 4 second exposures.
Thanks: Briana Nadeau, Rachel Darrow, Stephen Hawking

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