This is one of the pages that accompanies my sketchbook for Motion Graphics with links to videos and other motion material.
The brief states that we are to develop a 30 second advert to promote Barr’s Dandelion and Burdock for a young adult audience.
History of Motion image
The first moving image:
The first moving image was stop animation using a galloping horse to trigger the shutters of a bank of cameras. This short film proved that horses loft all four hooves up when galloping. Seeking a means of sharing his ground-breaking work, he invented the zoopraxiscope, a method of projecting animated versions of his photographs as short moving sequences, which anticipated subsequent developments in the history of cinema.
The silent era:
Initially there were technical difficulties with linking image and sound together. There was interest in films to be produced without sound, and to this day some of those silent films are well known like Charlie Chaplin. Due to the fact the film were silent you couldn’t hear what was going on so important speech and narrative appeared on a black screen with white writing.
However, to enhance the viewers’ experience, silent films were commonly accompanied by live musicians and sometimes sound effects and even commentary spoken by the showman or projectionist. This era was when body language and facial expressions were needed most to convey the emotions and comedy through the screen.
Charlie Chaplin The Kid (1921)
A trip to the moon (1902) is the first known science fiction film, and uses innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the Moon’s eye.
A century later films like Charlie Chaplin aren’t silent anymore, there is sound, which creates emotions that the audience connects with. Comedy has many sub-genres like Black Comedy, Spoofs, Sitcoms, Sketch, the list goes on. Comedy links with other genres like Romance (RomComs), Musicals, Action, etc. These are some of the best Comic films in the last 40 years.
Fawlty Towers (1975-1979)
Sean of the Dead (2004)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
As you have seen these aren’t just images like Charlie Caplin, the film industry has evolved and is continuing to do so.