Washington Nationals Open
I had an amazing opportunity to art direct this piece for the Washington Nationals. It was used as the broadcast open for their games for the 2016 season.
Washington D.C. is an icon in and of itself. It is instantly recognizable through its history, amazing architecture and as our nation’s capitol. This concept connects those iconic landmarks of Washington D.C. with the Nationals through an abstract world where we see a baseball “planet” made up of various iconic locations and buildings from Washington D.C.
The open starts from fading in from black onto a slowly rotating, detailed closeup of an object. We aren’t quite sure what it is until the object rotates more and the camera pulls back. We now see that object was part of the capitol building dome and it is on a curved surface. The curved surface rotates more to reveal stitches of a baseball. We know see that the capitol building is on a baseball. As the baseball spins it reveals other iconic buildings and locations on it. Behind it we see highlights from the previous Nationals seasons as well as crowd reactions. The baseball spins towards the center of the screen and pulls in the curly W Nats logo from behind the camera. The ball disappears into the background leaving the Nats W.
Created for MASN at alkemy x.
3D animation - Kevin Fanning
Compositing - Seddie Stone
2016 Washington Nationals Game Open
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