In yet another mockery of legendary TV presentation, I attempted to recreate the 1988 Anglia Television flag ident. A somewhat divisive rebrand, seeing off the Anglia knight after so many years, it is however one of the more memorable ones for me, having grown up in the nineties. Mr. Bean and Interceptor are what spring to mind upon seeing this.
Achieving a faithful flag would mean delving into those fearsome cloth and simulation effects for the first time for a while, although, saying that, it wasn’t actually too hard to get the flag in place. It’s funny how I remember these things from seven years ago but can’t remember what I did last week. But I’m sure that’s not just me.
As you can see, once the flag was flying it took a fair bit of wrangling, and there were some unpredictable and hilarious results. But eventually, something reasonable came out in the wash. I do think it could do with a bit more oomph with regards to the turbulence, but it seemed to be a very fine line to tread. It was a lot of trial and error adjusting wind speed, turbulence, gravity, lift and more. I can’t say I really knew what I was doing!
One setback was that fixing the side of the flag in place meant that it couldn’t be moved, so I had to settle for the static version of the ident; originally intended was a version wherein segments move into place to form the flag. It still allowed me to alternate the segments, which was done using multiple alpha layers fading into one another, removing the pieces as required to create a sequence.
For a day’s work, it has come out quite well. I’m definitely going to return to it, to see if I can improve the flag’s motion, and also see if I can find a way to create the “proper” version with pieces moving in.