A brilliant animation demonstrating just how connected we are by New York City-based motion designer and illustrator Yuval Haker. “Covid Loop” is a comic panel that shows separate vignettes linked together through each character’s contagion. As Haker explains his process:
“Creating a micro-world with its own set of rules helped determine narrative and action. The comic strip is a self-imposed limitation. With these hard boundaries in place, the characters could ‘break the rules’ — flow between panels and take control of their frames. Ex. the lifter uses the comic divider for weight lifting, the punk’s frame turns into a phone, etc.
During the animatic phase, I used a red square to keep track of where the main action was happening. Even when the viewer’s attention shifts to the next panel, the characters left in the “inactive scenes” keep themselves busy by sipping coffee, coughing, etc.”