Ever since 1888, The National Geographic Society has provided a window to stories that most of us will never get to experience firsthand. Through TV specials, amazing photography, short films, and, of course, its famous flagship magazine, the Society takes us into space, to the bottom of the ocean, into the darkest jungles in the world, to the tops of the highest mountains on earth, to exotic countries in every corner of the earth, and even back in time to every era in world history.
Now, National Geographic has turned to a new medium: stop-motion animation. On March 26th, the National Geographic Society released a new video detailing the construction of Trajan’s Column in Rome. The video takes us back to the days of ancient Rome through the magic of clay figures and the painstaking work of stop motion animators.
Here’s the video:
National Geographic also released a companion video about the making of the film. The video describes the attention to detail that went into crafting the figures and sets, the historical research that filmmakers conducted, and the unique merits of stop motion animation.
The new video is National Geographic‘s second foray into stop motion animation, the first being a brief promo in 2012. The National Geographic Society hasn’t announced plans for any future stop motion videos. No matter what happens, it’s exciting to see the Society branching into the animation world.
What do you think? Do you like National Geographic‘s forays into stop-motion animation?
AJ's love of movies began when his mom took him to see The Lion King on a warm California day in 1994. He left the theater with his mind blown and with a strong desire to become a filmmaker. AJ's fascinated with films of all kinds, but animated films have always held a special place in his heart, particularly Disney animation, the work of Chuck Jones, and Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson's Peanuts specials. His favorite animated films include (but aren't limited to) Frozen, Beauty And The Beast, Surf's Up, The Bugs Bunny/RoadRunner Movie, and Toy Story 3. Along with films, AJ also loves pop and rock music, hiking, the beach, comic books, traveling, writing, acting, and baseball.