BBC ‘The Future of Team Management’

Illustrated Character Animation

BBC The Future Of Team Management

Summary

This illustrated character animation was created for a corporate event video for the BBC. It was designed to illustrate changes in HR and support around 2,000 BBC managers. The video would allow them to do their work more effectively and was shown as part of a series of other videos at BBC manager roadshows. The project involved..

  • Storyboarding
  • Hand-drawn illustrations
  • 2D character animation
  • Professional voiceover
  • Royalty-free music

Year: 2015
Client: Nice & Polite
Format: Event video
Source: Recommendation
Duration: 2m 25s
Production: 6 days

Brief

“We were looking for someone to create a unique corporate event video with illustrated character animation for the BBC, and with the deadline looming we didn’t want to settle for a run-of-the-mill animation. We spoke to Michael Holyk who recommended Scott and his new creative animation company Motion Videos UK. They’d worked together on a bunch of projects for almost a decade, “he’s really creative, and always delivers on time” Michael told us, so we arranged a conference call with him the same evening along with my colleague Sophia.”

“We provided a script, and showed Scott some examples of the styles of animations that the client liked but we wanted something better that would ‘wow’ the client and make the BBC managers feel better informed and equipped to undertake processes within their role.”

“Scott was eager to get cracking and by the following morning we had received his storyboards and character sketches. We told him we liked the initial designs, but had imagined a ‘looser’ style. Not long after, we received new illustrations of characters and a BBC office scene in exactly the style we were looking for. Perfect!”

Matt Frost, Producer at Nice & Polite

Execution

  • Character body parts and scene elements hand drawn on paper using pencil in a ‘sketchy’ style
  • Images scanned at high resolution and carefully cut out in Adobe Photoshop
  • Individual elements layered in position in Adobe Photoshop ready for animation
  • Character movements animated using the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects
  • Scene transitions keyframed individually to create movement and depth with a slight delay
  • VFX summary: Trapcode 3D Stroke (tears and handwriting) | Mt Mograph ‘Motion 2’ (inertia and easing) | Wiggle expressions (speech bubbles etc.) | Jitter effect (wobbly text)
BBC ‘The Future of Team Management’

Testimonial

  • The project began to take shape very quickly. Scott was always available to speak to on the phone and quick to respond to our emails. The final product was delivered on time and was exactly what we were looking for, and more. We’re happy we found him and will undoubtedly be using Motion Videos UK again in the future for more exciting projects. Thank you so much for your professionalism and creativity.

    Matt FrostProducer, Nice & Polite

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