Secret Audio Recordings Add Dimension To Online Video Animations

In the age of reality TV and online voyeurism, how can viewers get excited about traditional visual animated graphics? The answer is taken from old fashioned secret genuine audio recordings that are being placed against computer animated looks. “Candid Camera” has been popular of TV audiences; today with a basic home audio-recorder anyone can catch almost everything and have it published to be handled by within minutes. Some creative people are taking these surreptitious explainer video animation elements and fusing it with their illustrations, and finding yourself with animated graphics that are quite funny and voyeuristic.

While some of these animated graphics travel the world in film fairs, most of them can also be seen right here on our very own Youtube. Take, for instance, the user “largoembargo” on Youtube: this user features a video called “Fireman (Drug-crazed Subway Rapper)” — a video which was recently featured on the Toronto Sun Online’s front page and earned it the first trend of popularity. This video features a stylized zombie-like man with summary reactions set to the real audio that the animator captured on the subway. We listen as the Toronto subway car rustles past areas, all the while a severely inebriated rapper belts out primitive lyrics. The passengers’ reactions are captured in the 3 minute animation, even as travel in the point of view of the animator’s world meets reality.

Another, and even more hilarious, example of secret-audio video animated graphics is one called “The Wily Sofa”. This series of 5 assaults follows the life span of a man and his roommates, and several friends as they host outrageous and inebriated talks over a few months. The catch? The roommates and friends don’t know that they are being audiotaped. The animation is highly stylized, as a “studio audience” is displayed when laughter erupts. We, the viewers, aren’t sure who to root for as all the characters rib each other and discuss peculiar ideas, accompanied by cute illustrations and ideas by the animator. The identities of all the characters are masked, as they all are credited in the titles with pseudonyms. One of these in particular that will guarantee a good giggle is episode 1, entitled “Flirting”. In this episode, one of them confronts the other about breaking in to his Facebook account and poking all of his friends.

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