The Pen Story by Olympus

Olympus is promoting the reintroduction of the PEN camera with “The Pen Story”, a stop motion film showing a boy’s journey through time to adulthood. The original PEN, released in 1959, was a compact half-frame camera, with just a viewfinder, no meter and fully manual settings. Olympus had the challenge of demonstrating the continuity between that model and the new digital PEN EP-1, an interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds system digital camera with an external design clearly inspired by the traditional PEN series.

Imagery from the Olympus Pen Story site


The Pen Story

The Olympus team explain that they shot 60,000 pictures, developed 9,600 prints and shot over 1,800 pictures again, without post production. The song was written and performed by Johannes Stankowski (Werle & Stankowski). Music was produced and arranged by Michael Kadelbach. The song is available for free download as a ringtone and mp3 at olympus.eu/penstory/. The spot was developed at digital advertising agency DSG with the stop motion animation Flo and Pete at BigFish Produktion, Berlin.

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The Wolf Loves Pork

Many people have pointed out the similarities between The Pen Story and “A Wolf Loves Pork”, a stop motion film by Japanese video artist Takeuchi Taijin. The Olympus team admit to being inspired by Taijin’s work. Taijin, however, writes on his site that the concept of a stop motion photographic journey through time is not unique to him.

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Online Work

The Olympus Pen is being promoted online at The Pen Story, The World of Pen and the Olympus Pen YouTube channel, with more detailed information available at Olympus Europe.