Touring Holland by Bicycle
Touring Holland by Bicycle shows a group of people sitting around a table. After a short time, they stand up and start running around the table, faster and faster until you have the idea that you are in a carousel.
The film was made using pixilation. This is a film technique related to animation where fewer than 18 or 24 frames per second (the common standard in film) are shot. Paul de Nooijer perfected this technique and made it into a kind of trademark in his films.
In Touring Holland by Bicycle, he gives an extreme example by continually increasing the time between two frames. This makes it seem as if the people are speeding up in a delayed surrounding. By shooting a frame every one or two seconds, it seems as if the people in the film are living an accelerated life, in a delayed setting.
One of the consequences of this technique is that it is almost impossible to display facial expressions, or to show emotions. This always gives the people in his film a Buster Keaton-like impassivity.