What I love most about stop motion is that it allows you to see both sides of art – the finer points and the bigger picture. The finer points are in the details: The subtile movements, transitions and the ridiculous work that goes behind each minute aspect, so the viewer feels as though he/she has been transported into a mystical world.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/39473645″>the old man and the sea</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user11067752″>Marcel Schindler</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Take this video above (it’s one of my favorites of all favorites). Do you catch the details? Do you see the amount of intense focus that goes into every line he draws? If you aren’t looking for it, you might just miss it. The first time I watched this video, I was so enraptured by the magnificent bigger picture, I almost forgot to appreciate the finer points.
Far too often, I do the same thing when approaching an article. I get caught up in the story, the big picture, and neglect the small details that matter. In journalism, these details are called facts. They’re kind of a big deal. On Thursday, this finally caught up with me. I was in charge of covering a Faculty Council meeting that I knew was going to be a hard story to tell. I was so worried about what the content was going to convey, I didn’t vet the details nearly as thoroughly as I should. I realized this as I read back through my article later that night and thankfully was able to call in to the great folks at the copy desk to get it sorted out.
The finer points really, really matter, and this is absolutely a lesson I’ve learned. Sure, the big picture is ultimately what we’re all aiming for. But, as that video showed, it’s the details that get us there.