Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque (2012)

The re-animation of a swarm of Green Darner dragonflies Anax junius that passed through Northeast Florida in late September. An event that (for the dragonflies) was simultaneously life at its most vibrant and carnage at its worst.

Sesame Street meets Liquid Television, inspired by a childhood spent collecting insects and watching cartoons like Voltron.

Original Score – After the Bomb, Baby!

Scientific Advisor – Chris Goforth “The Dragonfly Woman

Open Education Anatomical Diagrams:
-Head (2900×1300, 1920×860, 1280×580)
-Legs (1500×1080, 1280×920)
-Wings (5400×4000, 1920×1420, 1280×940)
-Whole (10600×4400, 1920×800, 1280×530)
-Side Whole (8600×7800, 1920×1740, 1280×1160)

“Making of” flickr set

External links: Vimeo, Youtube, Internet Archive (Full HD screening print 2.6 GB)

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5 Responses to Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque

  1. Very nice!
    I found this through your dandelion loops at archive.org
    How many dragonflies did you use for this? One per frame? Or reuse over and over?

    • David C. Montgomery says:

      I used about 80 to 100 dragonflies. I usually end up at around 6 photographs (dragonflies in this case) per second by having a fade between the images and then halving the speed. There tends to be a lot of re-use through looping the cycles of animation that range from 5 o 20 seconds depending on the availability or number of objects I’m animating.

  2. Jacki "Minnesota Dragonflies" Morrison says:

    Wow. Stunning!! Greatest educationally useful piece of art that I have seen in recent times. I was blown away.

    I have to confess that I thought it would be funny to change it to Zombie Dragonfly Bluegrass and use Foggy Mountain Breakdown. It actually worked well with it. We also tried Evanescence, Bring Me to Life, and that made it seem like a horror movie.

    Kuddo’s to you and your collaborators.

    Jacki “Minnesota Dragonflies” Morrison

  3. Smiles says:

    Really enjoyed seeing the full video here after meeting you at Digital Graffiti last night. Awesome job! I can’t even begin to fathom how many hours you spend putting this together getting the pulsations just right with the music. The dragonflies look like they are dancing. I completely get the title to this piece now. :)

  4. Jeff says:

    Awesome work! Really strong presence!

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