Gorgeous Microscopic Cinematography Reveals a Terrifying Universe

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Clemens Wirth and Radium Audio collaborated on this experimental, visually stunning video. The footage is entirely live action, with no computer-generated elements. Wirth, a filmmaker based in Austria, has made a name for himself with his macro cinematography (see his Macro Kingdom series below), and explains, "I wanted to go deeper than the macro universe, so I found myself hanging on the eyepiece of a microscope. The real challenge was definitely the small depth of field in microscopy. It’s really fascinating how detailed this tiny world is, and unbelievable how much is going on in only one little water drop."

Wirth used a "simple monocular microscope" and a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, with an adapter, to capture the footage. The scale is much smaller than his Macro Kingdom series:

Macro Kingdom I

Macro Kingdom II

Macro Kingdom III

Macro Kingdom is also a collaboration with Radium Audio. They produced this behind-the-scenes video to give a sense of the lab-like setting they used to make their labor-intensive soundscapes for Macro Kingdom III:

For more work by Clemens Wirth, visit his Vimeo channel

Via the Vimeo HD channel

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