In the beginning of our project, we had an unusual problem: what to call our project in terms of genre. Is it animation? Well, sort of, but not in a traditional sense. To put it in layman’s terms, our film kind of looks like an animated illustration. We're using computer-generated camera movements to build a 3D space with elements moving in parallel layers to create a sense of depth. We photograph all the actors and add backgrounds, effects and camera movements in post-production. This gives us a look and feel of a graphic novel with live action and sound.
If we had to compare motion novel to another technique, the closest would probably be motion comics. It's been mostly used by larger comic publishers to bring animated versions of their previously released comics to the internet generation. Many of the motion comics have been tie-ins to film, comic or game franchises. An example of motion comics would be Marvel's Astonishing X-Men. The difference between motion comics and the motion novel is that the motion novel is a completely original piece of work based on a new concept. Motion novel has a strong emphasis on story and very distinctive visuals. Also, motion novel uses photoraphy instead of cartoons.