VIDEO: Watch Plants Consume New York in This Beautiful Short Film ‘Wrapped’

Posted On Fri, April 8, 2016 By

Posted On Fri, April 8, 2016 By In Art, Video

Wrapped,” a visual effects-driven short film by Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann, flips on the FX switch and gets to work pumping out one of the wildest visions ever dreamt up for our cityscape.

To a soundtrack that progresses from tentative to triumphant, fast-moving foliage gets a foothold and gains ground, starting with an opening shot of a dead street rat getting subsumed by verdant moss. The flora continues its takeover of Manhattan’s man-made infrastructure and concrete canyons, with a conclusion we won’t spoil.

The film uses real time lapse photography footage with CG to explore, according to the filmmakers, “the effects of time and change focusing on the the world’s seemingly never ending cycles. The deterioration of one is the foundation for another.” It’s fascinating and a little terrifying to watch and it reminds us of the Talking Heads song “Nothing But Flowers.” The short film was created in 2014, but was just released on the internet, picking up armfuls of film festival awards and accolades in between.

Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann, Wrapped

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