American Experience wanted something special for their new mini series. They had in mind a sequence communicating the role of print in the Abolitionist debate, and they wanted to show the country eventually being torn in two over the issue.
Our idea was to use archival printed material that is getting swept across the country by the winds of change. The extensive use of paper in a dynamic way presented special challenges. We wanted a lot of natural movement, but it was also very important that the paper end up right were we need it when we need it. After doing tests with real paper and with virtual paper in MAYA, it was decided that virtual paper would give us the most control, so the sequence was created in MAYA using n-cloth.
Creative director/Animator: Aaron Nee
Map Design: Noah Smith
Archival Recreations: Alisa Placas Frutman
Music: Tom Phillips