The latest must-see Internet video turns the
230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry into the Middle Ages’ equivalent of a
spectacular popcorn blockbuster. British designer David Newton animated
a tracking shot of the tapestry for a school project when he was only
21 — far exceeding the assignment to demonstrate his knowledge of
motion graphics software. The animation is a triumphant labor of love: Its graceful simplicity and wit beat the big-budget CGI slaughter you’d get if Hollywood told the story of the Norman invasion.
The brief video scrolls across the surface of the tapestry, from the
appearance of Halley’s Comet to the victory of the Normans. Various
players, from William the Conqueror to a lowly squire, are all subtly
animated and enhanced with sound effects. The accompanying, frequently
familiar orchestral music is both Hollywood-grand and good-humored.
The Animated Bayeux Tapestry
Watch on YouTube