Here is the final stop motion animation produced for Project 1.3. Nativity Story. This was a group project from my Graphic Design Degree consisting of 5 others members in which we had 2 weeks to recreate the Nativity Story using a randomly selected ‘filter’. Our filter was the 1930′s musical director Busby Berkeley.
The animation received First Prize in the year group and I felt it was a huge success considering the time pressures and difficulties we encountered along the way. The concept is essentially a digital recreation of ‘The PEN Story’ stop motion animation by using computer screens instead of printed photos. We have taken influence from Apple Adverts, The Lion King, HTC Info Videos and other Stop Motion Animations.
Most of the animation was shot in the photo studio using a large white screen. The studio had very good lighting equipment which helped create a professional feel to the whole video.
The entire video was edited using Adobe Affer Effects, which was only the second time I had used it. I found After Effects to be one of the best video editing software I’ve used to date. Everything we wanted to do was made feasable by vasted capbilities of this software. The last 30 seconds (the Busby Berkeley style finale) was generated entirely using Adobe After Effects which admittedly probably took longer than any other part of the animation. I guess sometimes it is easier and quicker to not use computers!
If the video was put into context for use in industry then it could be a perfect fit for a YouTube or similar video sharing company advert as I feel it cleverly displays a new and interesting way of presenting an old story. “How will you tell your story?” may be a good tagline for it.
Tags: After Effects, Animation, Graphic Design, Mathew Scott, Nativity Story, Project 1.3, Stop Motion, Video, Youtube