Chris Marker is one of my favorite documentary film makers but he is perhaps best known for his post-apocalyptic photo-montage-as-film, La jetée. I watched this recently and was astounded by the fluidity of the film and absolutely floored when those 100 or so frames of
actual film ran by. It is unfair to call the film static, it isn’t. The shots are never still due to either imperfections in the projectors gating mechanism, the slight flickering of the bulb, and the random grain and different exposure levels of each frame of film.
I decided to imitate this effect:
Here is the python script and an example scene file. Depends on mencoder. This is a proof of concept, it is slow (it’s video processing in python).