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Filmmaker’s Portrait of His Father Is a Unique, Multimedia, Visual Smorgasbord

By Hanssie on August 18th 2015

Every year, whether it is Christmas, Father’s Day or his birthday, my dad is the most difficult to buy a gift for. What do you get a man who doesn’t wear ties, cologne, play or watch sports, eschews technology, and doesn’t need anything? That’s the question I ask myself numerous times a year since I became an adult. The following video gave me an idea for this year’s gift, but definitely not quite to the extreme.

Filmmaker Kevin McGloughlin created the following mesmerizing video portrait of his father, Páraic McGloughlin Sr. Instead of using just one element of his trade, Kevin combined a multitude of techniques from filmmaking and photography to create this artistic, intriguing, and very interesting one minute video. Using a combination of photographs, video footage, time-lapse and long-exposure photography, mixed with real time footage and techniques in Strata-Cut animation, 3D stacking, compositing and more, Architect is a veritable smorgasbord that is a feast for the eyes.


Architect is a moving portrait of a bearded man, growing, ever-changing and multifaceted. I would’ve loved to know not only the technical process of creating this piece, though the artist tells Creator’s Project that, “The process for this portrait was quite long, [but] to be honest, I think it might be best to just keep the description much more simple,” but also the thought behind it and why he chose so many different elements of the creative process to create it. In any case, it’s a beautiful and artistic representation of his father.

To see more of Kevin McGloughlin’s work, check out and Vimeo.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Dave Haynie

    That’s excellent!

    My father died suddenly in 2008… he was 81, but this was a guy who played tennis several times a week, went to the gym, at well, etc. A total shock. I made a few photo-montage-videos for his memorial service (… in fact, I did very little else in the latter part of November of 2008.

    If you have these skills, why not do one for a birthday or Christmas now… I think he would have loved mine.

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  2. Justin Eid

    Wow. That was.. hard to keep up with.. though i would have to say it did hypnotize me a bit. GREAT WORK!!

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