Animated Stills

My first attempt at Tom Woodward’s video assignment – taking a still image and animating it using camera motions. I feel that the effect of the camera motions adds a greater sense of narrative to the photograph. It effectively creates a series of events that occur one after the other, which is basically a ‘story’ (or an ‘anecdote’ if you use Ira Glass terminology).

The clip begins with a single duck in close up, the camera pans to reveal a bunch of ducks, then pans up to reveal that they’re being fed, then finally the camera pulls back to reveal that the ducks are being fed by a couple of children.

In terms of tools and techniques used to create this clip, I used Adobe Flash and simply resized and tweened the photo, exporting the result as an .avi video file for upload to Youtube. I could have used a number of different tools – Premiere Pro, After Effects, other video editors or even a slideshow tool. Apparently this technique is known as The Ken Burns Effect, named after the American documentary filmmaker who used the technique.

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About colinmaxwell

Creative Industries lecturer. Photographer, designer, game developer, film maker. Scotland.
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One Response to Animated Stills

  1. Jim says:

    I like this, because it does make you think about the micro-stories within one photo, and the way you move makes it a little different than the Ken Burns which are smooth, and have become somewhat of a cliche with iMovie. These actually travel around the photo and study it. And I wonder if this won’t be an interesting assignment for analyzing a photograph.

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