Motion Graphics

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Mini Task:
Plan a motion graphic piece on a recent news item
Chosen Story:
Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom in 2010

Firstly; what are motion graphics? Some examples:


And perhaps my favourite:

So motion graphics are a sort of animated info-graphic piece that conveys information in a visually appealing way, able to convey a lot of facts and figures or opinions without boggling or overloading the audience.

Next; deciding on a topical news story I feel passionately enough about to work with. My first idea was that of Steam coming to Macs (natively) but this seemed a little lightweight and trivial, so I moved onto something that got my blood flowing: The Pope's planned visit to the UK in 2010, at the cost of approximately £20 million to the British taxpayers.

The dimensions and details of the information I want to convey:
+Some facts about the Pope himself and his 'special' views on discrimination etc
+Brief stories on how the Pope has 'helped' other countries in the past
+Information on the Vatican
+What the cost is to the UK and its taxpayers
+Summary


Detail:
Some facts about the Pope himself and his 'special' views on discrimination etc:
- His views on discrimination the the church - ie, there should be some.
Considering wealth is a sin...
-"The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars."

Brief stories on how the Pope has 'helped' other countries in the past
-Italy earthquake; on the Pope's backyard - Told America and Europe to fund the relief effort.

Information on the Vatican
-Smallest country with:
-260 police - that's 1 officer for every 2 residents, but yet:
-Highest crime-rate in the world
-Recent population of 492, with 341 civil cases and 486 criminal cases, but it has:
-No jail, and:
-90% crimes go unpunished


What the cost is to the UK and its taxpayers
-£20,000,000
-for only 4.5million practicing catholics in the UK
-Would we fund a Mark Hamill tour for all the registered Jedis in the UK?


Style of info-graphic?
Simple but quick moving, stylized and quirky, almost cartoon-like.





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