The Old New World

A Photo-based animation project by Alexey Zakharov

From Shorpy, Historic Picture Archive, to a romantic animated film. It’s the new project by Alexey Zakharov to celebrate once again the evocative charm of time going by.

Alexey describes how there are two main stages to create animation from photos. The first involves something known as “camera projection”:

“A picture, cut into layers is projected on the geometry created by 3D software, I use this geometry to set city backgrounds, buildings and other static elements.
Photoshop is a lot of work when you need to cut a photo into layers and clean it up. It is not so difficult as long.

The Old New World 3

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“Animation was the most difficult task for me, because I’m not true animator like the Pixar guys. The hardest thing for me is to find a free time for the project. Time is the most valuable resource. As I expected, in the professional computer graphic — CG — community reaction was quite calm. For the professional CG-artist it is not very interesting.

I did not expect that many people who are very far from CG liked the project. It means that I was able to recreate true spirit of the old times, and it’s totally worth it.

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