We  see movies (‘film’ or ‘video’) differently than we see life around us. The effect of flashing a certain number of sequential images within our field of vision is known as ‘persistence of vision.’ It’s a trick on our eyes. Video uses the standard of 30 of these images flashing before our eyes each second. At the movie theater, you’re usually watching 24 images per second. The effect is the illusion of motion. But, those images also have to sequentially relate to optimally complete the illusion. Showing 24 completely different images only causes angst (an interesting, but chaotic, effect). These ‘frame rates’ (3o for video/24 for film) have been arrived at as the minimum number of images within a second to effectively convince us of real-life motion. Can the brain take that leap of illusion with far fewer sequential images? Perhaps it depends on each of us and how willing we are to suspend time and space. Are 12 images enough? Or, can it even be done with a single image? It depends on how persistent we are in our vision of the world.

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