The World in Motion
The World in Motion is conceived as a documentary film series by director/producers Graham Elliott and Roswitha Rodrigues, that explores the dynamic connection between location and expression and examines how environment and cultural context strongly influence designers and their work in different countries around the world. Originally inspired by the filmmakers’ experiences while creating “New York in Motion” —a documentary on how New York City’s unique microcosm of cultures influences designers and artists in the city’s motion graphics industry—The World in Motion takes the concept global and investigates differences in the physical and cultural identities of geography and how they are manifested in design and communication arts.
As technology allows us to increasingly overcome geographic boundaries, new cultural entities start to evolve that transcend geographic, social, economic, political and other traditional delineations. These entities dynamically configure their emerging identities from influences across the globe into totals quite different from the sum of their roots.
Because design has always played a central role in the creation, assertion and development of cultural standards, todays somewhat amorphous discipline of Motion Graphics – itself freely transcending categories – is at the center of these developments. As communication becomes increasingly in-direct, Motion Graphics not only provides much of the vocabulary, but shapes the very portals of our interactions – in both functions beyond transmitting meaning, but defining, even creating it – holding up a mirror to the changing realities of creators and audiences.
In a series of documentaries exploring the issue from perspectives of culture, correlation, function and dynamic development, The World in Motion investigates the impact of geographic and cultural boundaries and their current redefinition on visual communicators around the world.
The series is co-produced by director/producer Graham Elliott and Roswitha Rodrigues.