Johnny Kelly’s Olympic Spirit

A celebration of the Olympic spirit through over 300 individual animated paper collages from the Nexus filmmaker

Nexus director (and previous CR One To Watch) Johnny Kelly has made a new film using paper and stop frame animation – this time for the International Olympic Committee (IOC)…

The new film, Olympic Spirit, commissioned by agency Cole & Weber United, has no narrative as such – it’s more a celebration of the Olympics through bright and colourful iconography – all created by by cutting shapes out of coloured paper:

“The animation is made up of 338 individual paper collages, roughly A4 in width,” Kelly tells us of the film-making process. “Once these had been created they were photographed with a digital stills camera and then sequenced using a computer,” he continues. “The collages were put together over a period of about four weeks and I was very fortunate enough to work with Elin Svensson, who I’d worked with last year on my Seed film for Adobe CS4, and who worked tirelessly again to help create the collages with me for this film.

“This project was a lovely opportunity to engage with and contribute to the Olympic games,” adds Kelly. “Being one of the least sporty people I know – this was clearly my only way in.”




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