Rear Window Loop scoops prize


 Jeff Desom

Media: Jeff Desom’s imaginative and technically brilliant reworking of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic has Golden Nica at the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica.

Described by Ars Electronica as its “international trend barometer”, the annual awards set to seek out “what’s new & exciting, what’s radically different, what’s making an impact right now” in the world of media art and technology.

Jeff Desom’s Rear Window Loop certainly falls into that broad description--the young Luxembourg film-maker’s recutting of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful Rear Window has become a viral hit thanks to mentions on websites such as Huffington Post, which called it “insanely intense” and Ain’t It Cool, which called the work “amazing”.  

The work won the main prize in the Computer Animation/VFX category, beating off major feature films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Rango. Jeff explains that he dissected all of Hitchcock's Rear Window and stitched it back together in After Effects.

“Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie's plot.”