Happy Apple Design was privileged to work on this short film of Professor Stephen Hawking talking about our attitudes to time. The client wanted illustrated elements added in post production to work with the voice over, however nothing too distracting from the Professor himself. It was decided simple chalk images and text appearing on the black board behind him would be a good fit, and these were animated too to show them being drawn and coming to life.
Time is a really interesting subject and we wanted to avoid stereotypical images. Using the black background of the board, we worked loosely around the theme of the universe, drawing stars and the world, a moebius strip of stars to show infinity, a person turning to dust and disappearing down an egg timer to show the reality of our own mortality. Frame by frame animation was combined with work in After Effects for the final result.