"There are days when everything, personal and worldly, intermeshes. When "History" becomes a private matter, a palpable personal reality." - Sándor Márai, Hungarian novelist
Departing from the traditional presentation of history, Proud & Torn is a groundbreaking effort in digital storytelling. Following the family history of Ari and Gyula, two Hungarian siblings growing up in the mid 1900s, the project dives deep into the parallels between their own genealogy and the complex history of the Hungarian nation. The story begins in the year 20CE and ends in 1956 when the lives of these two siblings and best friends were sent in drastically different directions. "This is a story about land, wealth, democracy, and power--a story about Hungary, their family, and about being proud, and being torn."
My role in the project began early on in 2014 as the animator. The project contains a variety of work--simple animations with one or two moving parts, to complex landscapes with more than 200 individually animated layers. These pieces take their final forms in both video files embedded into the code and transparent GIFs.
It's a distinct privilege to work with photographs and images like these, breathing a new form of life into them. It's sort of like saving them from life on a dark, dusty shelf where they would otherwise be forgotten. I do my best to respect the pieces by finding the inherent motion in each photograph, only animating what the photo wants animated. Proud and Torn is scheduled to go live this summer, coinciding with a (return) trip to Budapest and presentations both at home and abroad.
Below are only a few selections from the project...stay tuned for updates!
For more work like this, see the Animation/Motion Graphics page.
To learn more about Proud and Torn, hold tight! More updates will be coming out in the coming months.