Olympus: A followup to the Pen story (UPDATED)|
(Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 16:52 EDT)
Ten months after Olympus Europe releases its stop-motion viral video, "The PEN Story", the company has launched a followup.
The original PEN Story video was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Olympus' PEN camera series, as well as the launch of its modern-day equivalent - the Olympus E-P1. Created using stop-motion photography and a whole lot of time and energy, the PEN Story paid homage to the work of Japanese artist Takeuchi Taijin, who directed the video "A Wolf Loves Pork". Made using over 1,300 photo prints, and fast approaching three million views on YouTube, Takeuchi-san's video shows a stream of photo prints overlaid around an apartment, and animated to serve as a pathway along which the narrative unfolds. Olympus' PEN Story required around 9,600 prints, and used the same technique.
The latest video is entitled "PEN Giant", and uses the same technique on a wholly different scale. A much lesser number of prints are required, but they're printed as 355 billboard-sized images. Rather than an apartment, the backdrop is the Romanian capital city of Bucharest. The video was produced with an unspecified Olympus PEN-series camera, and like the original, uses no tricks or computer animation.
All three videos -- "PEN Giant" and "The PEN Story", as well as their inspiration, "A Wolf Loves Pork" -- can be seen on YouTube.
UPDATED 2010-05-27 12:18ET: We've just received a little more interesting information about the new PEN Giant video. We understand that Japanese artist Takeuchi Taijin, to whose original work the PEN Story and PEN Giant videos pay homage, served as a director of the new video. Fans of Takeuchi-san's work will doubtless be pleased to see him directly involved in the creation of this latest video...
UPDATED 2010-05-28 15:20ET: Having spoken to one of the video's creative directors, we've now confirmed that the specific model that was used to capture the images used for the prints in this video was actually the Olympus' PEN E-P2, and not the E-PL1, as was previously stated.