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.