During 2016, Aleppo has been in the news as part of the conflict in Syria, and this is where many terrible images have come from, and been part of our everyday news. This Christmas, I wanted to make a reminder of what this Holiday season has been since I was a boy: a time to forget what’s going on, on the other side of the world, and immersing ourselves in a consumer culture. In some way we feel lucky to live in a society without armed conflict, but how we use our peace and freedom always makes me sad. The phrase “Are you ready for Christmas?” was inspired by a Disney slogan from 2014 to promote Christmas-themes parades in their United States parks.
I used a series of photographs that I collected on the Web, and I gave them this sketch look in Photoshop, to finally create the video sequence in After Effects.
Merry Christmas 2016.