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SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation students worked under the direction of Professor Becky Wible Searles to create 2D animation segments in their course, “Drawing in Motion”, for sequences in “The Green Book Chronicles.” Segments were each designed to incorporate one or more vintage postcards, capturing the spirit of travel in mid-20th century America as more and more people were able to, as a popular jingle of the time said, “see the USA in your Chevrolet.” These sequences depict an era when it appeared that everyone could enjoy traveling freely, contrasting with the “Mapping Jim Crow” segment that uses motion media (rather than character animation) techniques to depict the reality that it was not an open road for all.

Students developed these animation concepts by first creating storyboards to plan out their ideas and then acting out the scenario themselves for the video camera. Next they worked with digital rotoscoping techniques to translate the video footage into stylized drawing-based animation, compositing it with the vintage postcards for the final results.

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Above: SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation students, Chivaun Fitzpatrick and Colin Wheeler, used a vintage postcard from West Virginia to develop the storyboard for a short animated camping sequence 

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Above: Colin and Chivaun act out the scene for the video camera to work out timing and positioning

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Above: Completed animation still from “West Virginia” integrating digital drawing animation with the vintage postcard

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Above: Screen shot of digital rotoscope drawing in progress by SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation students, Danielle Paulet and Jeff MacDonald, using live action video footage they shot as reference to start animating the characters for their “Niagara Falls” segment

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Above: “Niagara Falls” during the final coloring process to composite the animation over the vintage postcard

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Above: Final “Niagara Falls” animation still, merging digital drawing with the vintage postcard, completed with a layer of animated digital snow

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Above: SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation students, Ammar Nassri (left) from Syria and Zhou Quan (right) from China pose with Writer/Director/Producer  Prof. Becky Wible Searles. The vintage camera and post cards were used in the 1950’s New York travel animation created by Nassri and Quan, a still of which is featured at the top of the Overview page. (photo by Kathy Jo Ryan)

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NEWS and EVENTS

July 14, 2016 "Reflections on the Green Book" at the MARCH ON WASHINGTON FILM FESTIVAL, US Navy Museum, Washington DC 6:30 - 9:00pm; Panel includes Calvin Alexander Ramsey and screening of new 20:00 Work-in-Progress excerpt from "The Green Book Chronicles"

Watch this space for upcoming presentations by Calvin Ramsey and other events related to "The Green Book Chronicles"

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May 31, 2016: Calvin Ramsey nominated for the NAACP NYCHA Just R.E.A.D. (Recognize Education Achieves Destiny) Literacy Development Endeavor Award for “Ruth and the Green Book”; Ceremony and celebration at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC July 7, 2016

May 14, 2016: Fundraiser for "The Green Book Chronicles" sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation, NYC

April 2016: Calvin Ramsey and "The Green Book Chronicles" are featured in an article in Smithsonian Magazine by Jacinda Townsend: "How the Green Book Helped African-Americans Navigate a Segregated Nation" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-green-book-african-american-travelers-180958506/

February 12, 2016: "The Green Book Chronicles" received a production grant from the Len Ragozin Foundation, NYC

December 3, 2015: Calvin Ramsey was interviewed on the WUNC public radio show, “The State of Things”: http://wunc.org/post/green-book-chronicleshttp://wunc.org/post/green-book-chronicles

August 7, 2015: NEW YORK TIMES article by Eve M. Kahn featuring "The Green Book Chronicles": "The 'Green Book' Legacy: A Beacon for Black Travelers" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/arts/design/the-green-book-legacy-a-beacon-for-black-travelers.html?_r=0

August 6-9, 2015: NYC Interviews and Location Shooting for "The Green Book Chronicles" including the Jacob Lawrence "One Way Ticket" Show at the Museum of Modern Art; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and Minton's

February 18, 2015: Calvin Ramsey presented progress on "The Green Book Chronicles" at the Brooklyn Historical Society (6:30pm)

January 18, 2015 (MLK Holiday): Calvin Ramsey reading of "Ruth and the Green Book" and book signing at the New York Historical Society, NYC

December 7, 2015: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Stanford L. Warren Library, Durham, NC

July 19, 2015 NEW YORK TIMES Travel Section: Feature article about Calvin Ramsey and the Green Book projects with the online version released 7/14/15

January 21, 2014: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, Bronx, NY

January 19, 2014: Calvin Ramsey at the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC "Created Equal: Freedom Riders" film and guest speakers

August 13 - September 2, 2013: USA Today Special Edition about the March on Washington includes articles about the Green Book and Calvin Ramsey / See complete text in "Stories & Histories" above

September 1, 2013: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Studio Museum in Harlem "Target Free Sundays: Books and Authors, Kids!" / 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027 studiomuseum.org

August 28, 2013: Article about Calvin Ramsey in the Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/road-guide-for-african-american-civil-rights-activists-pointed-way-to-1963-march/2013/08/27/1085a2c4-0f64-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

August 26, 2013 @ 6:00 pm: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) honoring Victor Green / 100 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

June 8, 2013: Calvin Ramsey interviewed on NPR's "Travel with Rick Steves" / Archive available at www.ricksteves.com/radio/program-archives.cfm

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