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Terrifying Video Composites Hundreds Of Birds Into A Single Blue Sky

Calm blue skies become a bluescreen of death in this swarming avian timelapse. Hitchcock fans take note.

by Beckett Mufson
Jun 17 2014, 5:40pm

In 1963, Alfred Hitchcock horrified audiences all over the world with his legendary adaptation of a British novelette of the same name, The Birds. The scariest thing about the film is that it points out that birds— and the sharp beaks/talons that come with them— are everywhere, and, in the great gutdoors, there's little you can do to escape them. The same anxiety bubbles up when watching videographer Paul Parker’s unsettling new video, An Hour of Birds All At Once (above).

Using the clear blue sky as a perfect bluescreen, Parker recorded video of the flight paths of the birds in his area. He then compressed an hour’s worth of feathery pitching, rolling, and yawing down into a timelapse. While this is unsettling enough, particularly with the distorted remix of Donna Summer’s "I Feel Love" keeping up the soundtrack, Parker cranks the creepy up to 11 by replicating the time-lapse with a brief delay, layering swarm upon swarm of birds until the sky is literally black with the small-brained predators.

There’s something mesmerizing about looking winged death in its sharp-beaked face, and Parker certainly captures that in An Hour of Birds All At Once. For the sake of ever sleeping again, we sincerely hope his next video doesn’t involve snakes

For more, check out Parker’s Vimeo channel and his Film Forever page.

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