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Vision Research and Director David Michalek Bring Slow Motion Visual Art to Lincoln Center

David Michalek Creates Portraits in Dramatic Time Using Well-Known Actors and the Vision Research Phantom® Flex


David Michalek Creates "Portraits in Dramatic Time" Using Well-Known Actors and the Vision Research Phantom® Flex.       

Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high‑speed imaging systems, and Director David Michalek bring the art installation, Portraits in Dramatic Time, to the façade of Lincoln Center in New York City.  The project, created and shot by Michalek using the Phantom® Flex high-speed camera, captures footage of gestures or emotions of well-known actors which is then slowed down for the world to see in amazing detail.

Between July 5 and 31 Portraits in Dramatic Time will be projected nightly on a massive 85-foot by 45-foot screen installed on the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.  The stars of the project are theater artists and actors of many genres and nationalities, including William H. Macy, Patti LuPone and Alan Rickman.  The actors were filmed at about 700 frames per second in ultra-high definition using the Vision Research Phantom Flex camera.  The images have been slowed to a glacial pace, with a five- to 12-second scene in real time being played out over eight minutes, transforming barely perceptible gestures into massively amplified theatrical performances.

“By working with the Phantom Flex on Portraits in Dramatic Time, I have been able to capture each nuanced expression and movement of the actors which is an unattainable feat with most cameras,” stated Michalek, who also worked with Phantom cameras for his 2008 piece Slow Dancing.  “The Phantom Flex has allowed me to create a piece of art infused with a level of poetry, ambiguity, surprise, and wonder.”

The Vision Research Phantom Flex high-speed camera offers industry-leading flexibility, allowing users to fine tune and adapt the camera to their changing needs and to deliver impressive slow-motion images in just about any application or environment.  The Phantom Flex offers 1,560-13,000 frames-per-second, depending on the resolution.  The camera also features the Phantom HQ shooting mode, a high‑performance setting which yields the ultimate in image quality.

Portraits in Dramatic Times will run nightly from 8:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., July 5-31, 2011.  The piece will be displayed on the David H. Koch Theater and is free for the public. The project coincides with the Lincoln Center Festival.

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