NEX / TRICALCULATE

Working with ThinkFarm we were tasked with creating an animated sequence to explain Tricalculate, a complex financial service offered by NEX, a global company that helps firms manage their trades and risks. They had recently been rebranded, but had no illustration style associated with their brand. We were given a rough narrative and colour pallette, which we used to create a more detailed storyboard and developed the illustration style specifically for NEX.

It was required to have subtitles, rather than a voiceover, as it was to be used externally in office environments where the computers generally have the sound disabled.

Achieved on a small budget, we also re-purposed the elements for a web banner campaign.

N.B. – The colours are wrong if viewing in Firefox (we don’t know why!). So please view in an alternative browser. Thanks.

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WELLCOME & RS / WHAT IS GENE EDITING?

We were approached by Blast to work on an animation to help explain the sometimes controversial subject of ‘Gene Editing’. The brief had come from Wellcome Trust and The Royal Society. They felt that there wasn’t a film available that explained the subject in a way that most people would understand. Yes, there are many films that touch on different elements of the topic, but they tend to be too scientific and beyond most peoples comprehension. They wanted a film that crossed over, and explained the concept in more relatable terms, both the positives and the negatives in a hope to inform, and open a constructive debate.

We first helped develop the script with Blast, making sure the tone was right, and then produced a detailed storyboard. There was no look and feel or any existing elements, so we not only created this but also the illustrated elements….and of course the animation.

For us, this was all about tone. The subject matter is not only scientific, but also covers some uncomfortable, sensitive and human topics, that had to be addressed with care. The whole film also had to be neutral, presenting both the positives and negatives equally. We hope we managed to achieve all of this with a light touch, and have made a film that makes a tricky topic understandable, and contributes to the debate.

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LUXURY COMEDY 2 / PAINTED ENVIRONMENT

As with series 1 of Luxury Comedy, we created all the painted and collaged elements that were used to create the virtual environments in series 2. Here is a selection of stills.

Nigel Coan from Nipple, co-wrote and directed Luxury Comedy.

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ALLERGY ADVENTURES

We were asked to collaborate and illustrate a series of children’s books called ‘Allergy Adventures‘. They were targeted at children with specific food allergies, helping them understand their life around food, through various adventures. Each book deals with a different allergy, Nut, Egg, Wheat and Dairy. This is just a selection of spreads.

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FOLDED FEATHER / NICE

We were asked to create the poster for ‘Nice’, a puppet show by Folded Feather. Felt and acrylic on wood.

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THE MIGHTY BOOSH / I.D.

A painted I.D. cover, originally created for a Mighty Boosh animation. Acrylic on paper.

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THE MIGHTY BOOK OF BOOSH / CHARLIE

We were asked to illustrate the story ‘Charlie & the Black and White Rainbow’ for The Mighty Book of Boosh. Acrylic on paper.

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THE MIGHTY BOOK OF BOOSH / CRIMPS

We were asked to typographically illustrate the ‘crimps’ from ‘The Mighty Boosh’, for The Mighty Book of Boosh. Collage, felt, pencil and acrylic.

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