Gruen Planet — the spin-centric cousin of the ABC's Gruen Nation — made its debut on the ABC last night. The program still felt a little advertising-heavy to me, but the title sequence offered a pretty spectacular riff on the existing Gruen titles. Here's how they did it. The video shows the painstaking process of creating a stop motion video over three days, a task undertaken by Hackett Films Studios. On a spinning object it's noted that it's particularly tough to keep things in frame, rotating and still legible, although host Wil Anderson didn't have to be present for all three days; instead they used an animated cardboard cutout of him.
Am I the only one to think that the ABC could make some money selling animated cardboard cutout Wil Andersons? [Hackett Films]