Very few people think about cell division on a regular basis. It doesn’t sound nearly as spectacular as other scientific phrases like “nuclear fission” or “laws of diffusion.” But this time-lapse video made by Francis Chee might change the way you think about the ever-occurring process of cell division. The clip covers 33 hours of activity in just 23 seconds.
Chee has been making time-lapse nature films for over three years. Each one is incredibly intricate and Planet Earth-worthy in its quality.
Everything he used was a custom build specifically designed for the shoot:
“I can say that it was done with a custom designed microscope based on the “infinity optical design”. It is not available by any manufacturer. I built it. I used LEDs and relevant optics to light the egg. They too were custom designed by me. The whole microscope sits on an anti-vibration table. I have to say that it doesn’t matter too much what microscope people use to perform this. There are countless other variables involved in performing this tricky shot, such as for example the ambient temperature during shooting; the time at which the eggs were collected; the handling skills of the operator; the type of water used; lenses; quality of camera etc etc.”
Chee noted, “We endeavor to present entertaining, interesting, unusual and of course educational content in every sequence or short narrated films.”
Plenty of skeptics voiced their opinions that Chee’s video is CGI. However, Chee said (over and over and over) that the hi-res video, when compared with older time-lapse films, will always look cleaner. Need even more proof that nature doesn’t need CGI or additional animation? Check out the latest video from Chee. It shows a tadpole developing. It also uses the same equipment and similar setup as the cell division video.