Cel(l) Shorts: Crafty Urban Augmented Reality Animations

augmented reality cell animation

Employing a cellular phone coupled with traditional transparent cel animation techniques, this artist inserts strange characters and surreal stories into everyday built environments.

augmented reality mail box

Animator Marty Cooper draws on the individual cels, holding them up for capture, but also displaces objects with which his creations seem to interact.

marty cooper bear skyscraper

marty cooper highway bug

marty cooper dog peeing

These creations, in turn, are brought to life to bounce on top of train cars, splash in pothole puddles oremerge from alleyway dumpsters to interact with their surroundings in clever ways.