Remember that trend of people making movies of their lives by filming themselves every single day? Here's an interesting twist on the phenomenon.
When Matt Perren was 15, he decided to record a lip sync video to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" by animating selfies he took each day. At the rate of one frame per day, it took him just over three years — 1,101 days — to make the film. As the video progresses, you see Perren age before your eyes, turning from a fresh-faced 15.2-year-old to a shaggy-haired 18.1-year-old. At the half-way mark, Perren reverses the aging process, turning once again back into a 15.2-year-old.
On his Facebook page, the British teen posted this image showing the genesis of the project — an IM session with a friend:
Speaking of selfies, James Franco recently wrote a column in the New York Times attempting to decode the meaning of the selfie: "In this age of too much information at a click of a button, the power to attract viewers amid the sea of things to read and watch is power indeed." And for another take on the phenomenon, the Times' Jenna Wortham wrote this nuanced piece back in October.