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Exploding Actresses is a series of videos and animated GIFs by digital artist Simone Rovellini, featuring scenes from famous films which have been edited to make a character’s head explode.
On June 16th, 2013, the “Exploding Actresses” Tumblr blog was launched, with the first post highlighting an animated GIF of a scene from the 1959 musical The Sound of Music edited with Julie Andrews’ head exploding (shown below).
On June 19th, 2013, Rovellini uploaded a video titled “Exploding Actresses,” which included a montage of classic movie scenes edited to include spontaneous head explosions (shown below). Within the first two weeks, the video gained more than 140,000 views and 100 comments.
On June 22nd, 2013, Rovellini uploaded a second montage of actresses heads exploding in a variety of romantic films (shown below), which received upwards of 380,000 views and 160 comments in the following nine days. Two days later, Rovellini uploaded several edited clips from animated Disney films in which the female protagonist’s head explodes (shown below, right). Within one week, the video garnered over 960,000 views and 1,200 comments.
On June 25th, several news sites published articles about the series, including The Huffington Post, Kottke and BuzzFeed. On the following day, Rovellini uploaded a video with several edited scenes from the 1997 drama film Titanic, in which the heads of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet spontaneously explode (shown below).
On the following day, the Internet news site Laughing Squid published an article highlighting several notable examples from the series. On June 28th, Yahoo Movies published an interview with Rovellini, who revealed that he created the videos using the Adobe After Effects digital motion graphics software.