I worked on this documentary for my good friend, director John Antonelli, on and off for about 5 years. There were many iterations as he awaited final funding but I'm thrilled that he was able to stick with it, complete the project, and have it presented on such a prestigious showcase as American Masters.
For the finished show, I did some editing work, as well as designing the opening title and animating many of the photo moves that appear throughout.
As you can see in the title sequence below, we wanted to treat the photos with a subtle 3D effect to add interest and movement to the still photos that are a big part of telling the story of this influential soul singer.
This particular 3D effect has become very popular in recent years and has appeared on numerous documentaries that have aired on Discovery channel, History Channel and PBS. I'd like to to give you a glimpse behind the scenes, into the process that creates some of the eye-catching animation that you see on tv everyday.
To achieve this effect, I used the industry stalwart tools: Photoshop and After Effects.