Soup dé jà vu — a short film by Michael Tamburro

About 15 years ago, when I was a graduate student at Cornell University, I had the privilege to work with a terrific undergraduate, Michael Tamburro. For someone interested in studying change detection in movies, Michael was the ideal student to work with. He had a background in psychology, film, and computer science and was interested in making a short film as part of his film class. We thought it would be fun to make a longer film that would illustrate the principles of change blindness in motion pictures that Daniel Levin and I had been exploring for a few years (I’ll post about that work soon). I’ve talked about his film many times to other researchers, but few have seen it. Until now—yesterday Michael gave me permission to post it to YouTube. So, without further ado, here it is:

Technical note: The film was created using one of the first Sony digital video cameras, but the editing was done largely with linear editing using tape deck. It’s amazing how much easier it is to do this sort of editing and filming now.

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