Project Description

*Virtual reality, 360-degree videos, social networks, video games that look like movies and movies that resemble video games:
I think that most of the entertainment`s world nowadays has become monstrous and it is no longer just eyes` illusion, but often illusion of the mind.
I do not know about you but personally, among all these innovation`s turbines, I find myself still attracted by ancient methods and tools which continue to fascinate me. Some time ago I came across a phenakistoscope (also spelled as phenakistiscope or phenakitiscope or phantasmascope or phantascope), an antique optical instrument that displays animated images (practically current animated gif) invented in 1832 by Joseph Plateau. I then found some scans of these circles on the Internet and I began to digitally animate them. After a few attempts, I started to combine these animations trying to create something original and unpublished. Eventually, in order to stay on, I created a stop motion with paper toys from nineteenth-century that open and close the video. The music was carefully crafted by Al-Maranca.
The result of all this work is called "L'illusion de Joseph" in honour of Joseph Plateau, inventor of phenakistoscope.
Enjoy :)

Created and Directed by Pask D'Amico
for Klesha production

Music by Al-Maranca in “Il ballo della coccinella sul panno bianco” (A.Maranca)

Special thanks to Luca Spennato for photography supervision

Making of here



  • Nominations Monstra International Super Shorts Competition (Lisbon, Portugal,2017)
  • Animarte (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2017) - Honorable Mention
  • Euroshorts Film Competition (Cracovia, Poland, 2016)
  • Moving Image Arts (Toronto, Canada, 2017)
  • IFFC (India, 2017)
  • Multivision (Russia 2017) - Special mention for modern adaptation of antique technologies
  • Vimeo Staff pick (2016)
  • Une nuit sur toile Blanche (France 2017)
  • 9th Lahore International Children's Film Festival (Pakistan 2017)
  • Caostica 15 (Spain 2017)
  • VAFI - International Children and Youth Animation Festival (Croatia 2017)
  • Moving_Image_Arts International Short Film Festival (Canada 2017)
  • Andorra Kids'Film Festival (Spain 2016)
  • The James Museum (Florida 2016)





Project Details:


Personal work

Project date:

5 Febbraio 2019

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