Newcastle’s live action and animation production outfit J6 Films has completed a series of 30 extreme slo-mo films of people laughing for an art project commissioned by BBC Radio 3.

Each of the films is a visual portrait of someone from the North East, with the 30 people filmed ranging in age from 2 to 80 years old. They were shown on a series of flatscreen TVs throughout the concourse area The Sage, Gateshead earlier this month as part of an installation called the Free Thinking Festival.

Image credit: BBC/Dan Prince

The theme of the festival was ‘the pursuit of happiness’ and the films are “a visual metaphor of the pursuit of happiness, contemplated with a magnifying glass,” says film director Chuchie Hill.

“When high speed shooting, at approximately 1000 frames per second, we can capture every little movement of the face muscles and skin not appreciated when normal speed or live,” adds Hill.

The films (four of which are below) were produced by J6’s James Baxter.

Staff Reporter

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