In Televisual Magazine’s roundup of the best of the month in animation, vfx and motion graphics, Shynola and Jellyfish take it easy; Nexus gives Honda a hand and Riff Raff shrink Ikea’s world
Warp, Shynola, Jellyfish
Warp Films, directing team Shynola and vfx specialists Jellyfish collaborated on this new short film Dr Easy. The film is designed as a prologue for a planned feature, an adaptation of the novel The Red Men, by Matthew De Abaitua. The film tells the story of a medical emergency robot, designed to deal with sensitive and traumatic incidents. A white collar worker (played by Tom Hollander) down on his luck, is holed up in a derelict flat, armed with a shot gun and surrounded by police. Dr Easy is sent in to try to negotiate with the desperate man. Jellyfish and Shynola teamed up to bring the robot to life and completed the modelling, rigging, lighting, shading, compositing and finishing in Softimage/ Arnold and Nuke. The animation was done by Shynola in Softimage with the help of Jellyfish’s animation team.
Nexus directors Smith and Foulkes are behind the new Honda Hands film from W+K London. The brand film shows a Honda engineer’s hands transforming Honda’s products across the years. Exec creative director was Chris O’Reilly and the producer was Tracey Cooper. The DoP was Clive Norman and the edit was by Paul Hardcastle and David Slade.
RSA filmmakers Wriggles & Robins and MPC’s Motion Design Studio teamed up on Travis’s new promo Moving that shows a series of animations live projected on to the band’s breath. All of the animations and projections were filmed in real time, negating the need for any vfx in post-production. The vfx producer on the promo was Alannah Currie.
Ikea’s new campaign Make Small Spaces Big, which promotes Ikea’s space-saving and multifunctional furniture and product ranges launches with this TV spot One Room Paradise. Ordered by Mother, it’s directed by Riff Raff Films’ Megaforce and is set in a doll’s house with a mother and son using Ikea’s products to enjoy life in their small flat. Post was at Finish.
M&C Saatchi chose th1ng directors Will Barras and Shay Hamias to create the TV and cinema commercial for MindFull, a new charity launched by the Beat Bullying Group which helps teenagers with depression, bullying, self image issues and other problems. A live action shot of a teenage boy in a dark room, moves into a series of hand-drawn animations to convey his hidden emotions.
Lola worked with writer/director Jamie Stone to polish off the opening sequence of this BFI funded short film set in space, Orbit Ever After.
Studio AKA joined with Blacklist and Y&R California to create these spots for Blue Diamond Almond Breeze drink.
Agency Doe Anderson tasked Picasso directing duo Jens & Anna with making this ad promoting a new Kentucky health insurance service.
Isle of MTV
Mainframe helped supervise on MTV director Rich Knight’s Malta shoot and created speaker shell animations in the Isle of MTV promos.
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