My next short film is mostly composed of vintage still photographs. The challenge with translating stills to a motion picture is keeping them interesting, i.e., somehow adding motion.
Ken Burns popularized the slow pan-and-scan technique that is now a household term (see the built-in effect in iphoto for your slide-shows).
Another technique for making stills more interesting in motion is to separate the foreground and background elements, fill in the missing bits of the background, and then place the layers in 3d space and move the camera. I’ve heard it called “forced perspective” or “forced parallax” or “photogrammerty” or “voodoo magic”.
Anyway, an interesting challenge and something I hadn’t done much of before. This project gives me a nice excuse to try it. I’ll post a few examples this week.