There's so much I like about this video..
He's wearing a collectable A-9 WWII helmet with original AN6530 goggles ( they alone are worth $250 ), flying a 450hp Stearman, and 'hand propping' it ! .. and making a living with a Stearman with a radial engine ( no turbine ) dusting, ... rag wing and steel tubing,( no quick remove panels and stainless steel for corrosion control ),... no turn-over roll bar or wire cutters on the plane! ... no positive pressure cockpit, or respirator, ( chok'n on poison ) ... or even a face shield or rubber gloves while mixing chemicals,... just some guy getting covered in over-spray with a old umbrella for spotting ( no Crophawk - GPS ), and a old dusting airport with Stearman parts scattered about .. hard to believe this type of flying still can exist . cool ! ...
Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot RT: 8 min on Vimeo
‘Z’ is composed entirely of z-depth images - also known as ‘luminance depth’ or ‘depth map’ images. Z-depth is a ghostly black & white data-driven format native only to CG animation. The function of the z-depth image is similar to radar or the MRI scan. It interprets objects within a scene according to distance: those closest to camera are black, those furthest away are white (or vice versa). Details are lost at either end of the spectrum, and are likewise revealed within the middle distance. Functionally, this allows CGI artists to pull camera focus in post-production by using the monochromatic shades in the z-depth pass to isolate and focus on the corresponding depths of the full-colour CG scene.
The ‘selective vision’ embodied by the Z-depth image format has informed the theme of the animation - the production of historical narrative. Z is about how we make sense of the clutter of current events, how we create epochs, and how, in an era of intense global change, we are affected by a kind of longterm myopia that obscures us to the larger forces at work.