Check out this new video from filmmaker Anthony Cerniello (which can be viewed below) is so striking. It shows a girl slowly and almost imperceptibly aging decades in about four minutes.

"Danielle," embedded below, was produced with a team of animators and a still photographer, Keith Sirchio.

Set to a somewhat eerie soundtrack by Mark Reveley, it shows a young Asian girl gazing into the camera, only blinking occasionally, as she slowly matures and gets older.

Her face becomes longer, her bone structure more defined, and then her skin and hair show signs of age as she seems to enter the middle years of her life.

Last year, Cerniello attended his friend Danielle's family reunion. He and Sirchio took portraits of her relatives of all ages with a Hasselblad medium-format camera. After scanning the negatives, they chose those relatives with similar bone structure to create a rough aging continuity.

Animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle then knitted the images together seamlessly, with 3D visual-effects artist George Cuddy putting the finishing touches on the remarkable transformation.

"I attempted to create a person in order to emulate the aging process," Cerniello, a music video and commercial editor, writes on his Vimeo page. "The idea was that something is happening but you can't see it but you can feel it, like aging itself."

Check out the results in the video below, and watch it all the way through to get the full effect.


Danielle from Anthony Cerniello on Vimeo.