100 paper cutouts of Simone Biles in Seattle man’s stop-motion video
Each paper cutout in the video is part of a routine floor pass by Simone Biles, but her leotard is constantly changing colors.
A Seattle artist’s stop-motion video of Simone Biles, made from cutouts of the world’s best gymnast, has gone viral and caught the attention of Biles herself. It’s a celebration of the woman dubbed by many as the greatest of all time as she heads to her second Olympics in Tokyo this month.
Rudy Willingham’s video has received over 50,000 likes and has counted since its publication over a week ago.
The video includes 100 images of Biles printed on paper. Each frame is part of a routine Biles Floor tumbling pass.
You see Biles’ face, hands and legs, but her leotard is cut out of paper. Willingham placed each piece of paper on a different background (like the American flag), so that each image had a different leotard.
Stitch every frame together, thanks to video editing software that helped line everything up, and you get a smooth video with an ever-changing leotard, set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
âThe backgrounds change so quickly that it almost forces your brain to focus on whatever moves on the paper, and it turns into a kaleidoscope of color, a moving work of art,â Willingham said, according to USA TODAY.
Biles reportedly reposted the video on his Instagram story.
First-time Olympians Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey will join Biles on the US women’s gymnastics team for the 2020 Olympics. Skinner and Carey will only compete in individual events, while the other four will also participate in team competitions. Carey secured his own place on the World Cup circuit, independent of the Olympic trials.