Friday, January 14, 2011

Pan And Scan

The most rudimentary work animators have traditionally been called upon to produce is "pan and scan" of photos and artwork.

It's the simplest form of motion graphics, like motion graphics you use non-consecutive images sequenced to present an idea.

It's also an opportunity to put the Kulechov Effect to work.

Here's a sequence for the Jeff Bridges documentary.

We were basically given the soundtrack. The editor had slugged images which weren't usable for various reasons (many were repeats or just inappropriate) and only approximated the cuts.

We had to go through the photo archive and find the best images for the sequence.

It's making a little film with the barest resources.

I find motion graphics sequences like this oddly rewarding, maybe how a magician feels when he pulls a rabbit out of someone else's hat.

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