2014 Motion Graphics Inspiration: Charlie Rose’s Oscar Special Opening and More by Al Boardman

Charlie Rose 2014 Oscar Special Motion Graphics by Al Boardman.

Charlie Rose 2014 Oscar Special Motion Graphics by Al Boardman.

We’re loving the illustrative style of motion graphics designer Al Boardman. Capturing key visual elements from each of this year’s Academy Award-nominated films, Boardman created a cohesive feel in his title sequence for the Charlie Rose Oscar special show. The fast-paced instrumentals evoke a dramatic tone, reminiscent of Nexus Productions’ opening title sequences for the 2002 film Catch Me if You Can. Boardman’s excellent music selection is also apparent in two of his other motion graphics shorts: “Chicago– Five Great Buildings” and “Eight Great Things to do in New York City” posted below. We have to wonder, when will Boardman animate the great landmarks of California? Hopefully soon.

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Charlie Rose 2014 Oscar Special Motion Graphics

2014 Best Motion Graphics Inspiration

“I was delighted to be asked to produce the opening sequence for the Charlie Rose ‘Oscars Special’ show, which aired on PBS on  February 27, 2014. The sequence features eight Oscar-nominated films with actors and directors that had previously appeared on the Charlie Rose show. The one-minute sequence shows a series of custom-animated illustrations and transitions from the films Gravity, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Philomena and Nebraska,” says Boardman on his Vimeo channel.

Client: Charlie Rose
Creative direction, design and animation: Al Boardman
Producer and additional design: Torrey Paquette
Music: “Awakenings”, courtesy of Grayson Matthews

Chicago – Five Great Buildings

2014 Best Motion Graphics Inspiration

“Chicago has many truly great buildings. It sits firmly on the map of global architecture and is the birthplace of the skyscraper. Creating a short video about just five great buildings is doing this city a massive disservice, as there are many and this is simply my thoughts. I hope you enjoy it. I loved creating it,” says Boardman.

Creative and Animation: Al Boardman (alboardman.com)
Music: Vimeo Music “Prelude No. 3″ by Chris Zabriskie (chriszabriskie.com)
Sound design: Noted in its absence!

Chicago 5 Great Buildings Motion Graphics by Al Boardman.

Chicago 5 Great Buildings Motion Graphics by Al Boardman.

8 Great Things to do in New York City

2014 Best Motion Graphics Inspiration

“What to do in NYC? Tough question as there’s loads to do and see. Kaplan surveyed 355 of their students aged between 18 and 59 from 39 countries and asked them what they love to do. Here’s eight things they came back with,” says Boardman.

Client: Kaplan International
Creative and animation: Al Boardman
Music: ‘Ginger Beer’ by Ray Davies

8 Great Things to Do in NYC Motion Graphics by Al Boardman.

8 Great Things to Do in NYC Motion Graphics by Al Boardman.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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