The Semi-Subconscious Games We Play, Visualized


Little counting habits, imaginary friends, and destructive fantasies -- they're hard to describe but you'll recognize them when you see them. These games, so basic they don't even have names, come to life via animation in this charming video by Ian Bennett. It's part of a travel series called Follow the Foot, which he describes in a short interview below. The music in the video is Superhumanoids' "Cranial Contest." 

The Atlantic: How did you develop the concept for this video?

Ian Bennett: The concept for this video came about much the same way that these games came about. I was sitting in a car with my family and there was nothing better to do, so I started describing these little games I was playing in my head to my sister and to my surprise she played a similar game. I've always been fairly aware of these activities, but never discussed it with anyone. So I wrote down a list of these games and figured out a way to illustrate them visually. When I read the paragraph in On The Road which was almost the exact same game my sister played, I knew I was onto something. 

How did you create the special effects?

I prefer to create effects within the physical world, but this was all digital. I recorded the shots with my friend Andrew Gilpin then animated and composited the graphics using Adobe After Effects.

Did you expect it to go viral so fast? 

Definitely not. It's been an amazing surprise. I've had friends see it and only mid-view do they realize they know me. This idea really seems to have struck a chord with people. This simple thing that everyone seems to play 

What's next for you?

This video is part of my travel/adventure video series Follow the Foot. I have been fortunate enough to travel while working abroad the last several years, and I in that time I started putting together short two to five-minute videos. I still have a handful of these videos to release. These include an Earth Sandwich and creating and animating one-of-a-kind postcards by combining stickers and postcards found on my travels. And in case you're wondering, an Earth Sandwich is a concept created by video blogger Ze Frank that involves taking a piece of bread and sticking it on two antipodal points on the Earth at the same time. I was in Xi'An, China, and my brother lives in Santiago, Chile, which are at almost exact opposite ends of the Earth, so we were at the perfect place to create one.

The last several months have been devoted to editing these videos, some of which took years to gather all of the footage. I hope to continue the series with the many ideas I have. You can follow me through Facebook, my YouTube channel, or on the web.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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