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.
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
Above: Colin and Chivaun act out the scene for the video camera to work out timing and positioning
Above: Completed animation still from “West Virginia” integrating digital drawing animation with the vintage postcard
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
Above: “Niagara Falls” during the final coloring process to composite the animation over the vintage postcard
Above: Final “Niagara Falls” animation still, merging digital drawing with the vintage postcard, completed with a layer of animated digital snow
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)