I’m not sure how old this project is, but a reader recently shared with me a Benjamin Goldman-directed visual essay, “New York Divided; Slavery and the Civil War”. The short was produced by The New York Historical Society and The History Channel as part of a museum installation. You can visit the virtual exhibition here.
As with all visual essays, there are two basic reasons this spot succeeds: 1) it says something interesting, and 2) it says it thoughtfully. The animation is subtle but clever, often using the power of metaphor to underline the dilemma old New York faced. The pacing is spot on as wellâ€”and given the fact that the script is read, not spoken, that’s especially important.
Props to Benjamin for handling this subject so well. Make sure to check out the rest of his portfolio for more solid work.
(Thanks to Oliver for the tip!)