THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES interviews are interspersed with images representing visual culture of the mid-1930’s through the mid-1960’s using animated postcards, motion media segments, historic photos and video/film clips, brochures, signage, maps, and other travel ephemera including Green Book pages themselves, some of which are collaged together as interview backgrounds. We’ll expand this page as future animation segments and related visuals are completed!
For the first round of animation, SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation students worked under the direction of Professor Becky Wible Searles to create 2D postcard animation segments in her course, “Drawing in Motion”. Each short piece was 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 “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 by Kelly Ann Turner 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 digital animation, compositing it with the vintage postcards for the final results.
Above: SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation students, Ammar Nassri (left) from Syria and Zhou Quan (right) from China pose with 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 this page. (photo by Kathy Jo Ryan)