How we made the motion graphics for BBC Two's Union

Union graphics title page
(Image credit: Lux Aterna/BBC)

BBC Two's new series Union explores the history of the United Kingdom, delving into issues of national identity, social class and inequality spanning centuries. It's a series steeped in vivid imagery, from art to maps and everything in between – and it needed a rich set of motion graphics that struck just the right tone. 

That was the task presented to Joe Hockney, Motion Graphics Lead at VFX studio Lux Aeterna. His team created the stunning motion graphics that run throughout the four-part series. Hockney explained to us exactly how the graphics were made, including the challenges of working with archival material, the team's process and his personal highlights. See one of the most important sequences below, the union flag, then read on.

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.