A montage of recent projects and some old favourites.
Includes work for 'Honey Monster Puffs' for Finn Communications, 'Starbucks' for 72&Sunny, 'Map of Hell' for National Geographic, 'How We Got To Now' for PBS, 'Ong Ong' for Blur and 'Stop MS' for The MS Society.
You can see more of our work on Vimeo.
Client: Finn Communications
In late December 2016 Finn Communications got in touch with us to create an animation for the 2017 rebrand of breakfast cereal 'Honey Monster Puffs'.
With a recent packaging redesign by Studio Robot Food already completed and under wraps, Finn wanted a film to reflect the lighter sugar content, more 'natural' approach increasingly seen within the cereal market, with our only limitation to use Honey Monsters head already created for the packaging.
With creative freedom to concept, script and direct a 60 second animation our subsequent film, 'The Making of Honey Monster Puffs’ follows Honey Monster through various elaborate, convoluted and humorous ways of selectingthe grains of wheat, puffing them, adding a 'dash' of honey to them, all the way to the 'finale' of breakfast bowl.
This is the first time that Honey Monster has been illustrated and animated so we chose a hand-drawn approach to maintain the new illustrated look. We combined the drawn animation of the character with some simple 3D props which gave the world a greater sense of depth and complexity and finished it with bespoke music track by Justin Jones and sound design by Simon Keep at Holkham Sound.
We created these short animations for 72andSunny as part of an ongoing TV and Social Media campaign for Starbucks.
Client: National Geographic Studios
We created over 30 animated graphic sequences for Map Of Hell for National Geographic Channel. The show presented by Danny Trejo and directed by Julian Jones explores 3000 years of cultural perceptions of hell.
Client: Healthy iO
With technology company Healthy iO we created this animation to explain how their new Dip iO product will revolutionise urine testing. By harnessing the power of your smartphone and turning into a clinical grade scanning machine they will simplify the process for millions of people across the globe.
Clients: PBS / Nutopia
We created over 70 animated graphic sequences for the six-part series How We Got To Now. The show is presented by popular American science author Steven Johnson and explores the legacy of great ideas. Each hour-long episode explores a different theme - from cold to light, sound and glass - explaining the stories behind key developments in that field and their influence on modern products, sciences and technologies. A co-production between PBS and Nutopia broadcast on PBS & BBC.
Commercial / Print
Client: Hazel Brands
Working with design practice Hazel Brands we brought their simple H character to life for new skills market website Humans.net. The H needed to do any job that the website catered for - from cleaners to mixologists and I.T to superhero.
In partnership with Trunk Animation we created the music video for 'Ong Ong' from Blur's latest album 'The Magic Whip'.
Influenced by classic video games like Mario Bros, Donkey Kong and Pac Man. The video features Mr OK on a quest to be reunited with his girlfriend but must complete each level to get there.
Client: Multiple Sclerosis Society
We were approached by the MS Society to create an animation which would show the causes of multiple sclerosis but also demonstrate the potential to actually stop the disease with the funding of new research and a unique clinical trial.
To find out more about the MS Society visit www.mssociety.org.uk
Client: Blast Films
We created animated typography for 'Railway Nation: A Journey In Verse' a documentary on BBC2 produced by Blast Films.
Following in the footsteps of W H Auden's classic 1936 documentary 'Night Mail', six of Britain's best poets take the train from London to Glasgow, discovering stories of love, loss and longing among the passengers today, and capturing the journey in verse. Maxine Peake narrates.
Clients: The Edge Picture Company / KCA / Mishkat
'Saving Joule' is a 12 min short film following a robot's quest to power his ship and rejoin his lost fleet. Exclusively showing at Mishkat Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from Spring 2015.
A very satisfying exercise in laying type over some classic films for BBC Worldwide's culture section.
Working with Adrian Johnson we created this short film 'Meet Marcus: A K12 Day-in-the-Life' for online public school K12.
A short film to promote Igloo Homemade Homes
Various commercial and non-commercial animated GIFS.
In partnership with Trunk Animation we created 8 films for internet security experts Kaspersky. We were asked to create a concept that would help explain their various products while remaining bright, colourful and engaging.
Client: Red Bee Media / BBC Radio 4
A 30" TV trail for BBC Radio 4 promoting the wide range of factual & arts content available online.
Clients: Red Bee Media / BBC
The title sequence for The Culture Show took their already established branding and turned it into something new. The simple black and blue silhouettes become various cultural reference from the worlds of film, art and music.
Client: Red Bee Media / BBC
We created a series of short 'infotainment' films for CBeebies, mixing live-action with colourful animated characters in a richly illustrated world.
Client: Angel Eye Media / BBC Three
After working on several animated sketches for the Cowards pilot episode and designing their BBC Three website we were asked to contribute more animations to the commissioned series. Here we have Nicolas Witchell on a first date with Lily Allen, Jeff Goldblum analysing his career choices and Richard Madeley popping up all over the place,
Produced by Peepshow with Adrian Johnson for TBWA Belgium. A lovely TV commercial which follows water pipes around the globe - helping to provide clean drinking water for Africa.
Client: Bill and Ben Productions
We were one of fourteen animation studios that directed sections of the feature length stereoscopic 3D film based on the memoir of Monty Python's Graham Chapman.
Our section is perhaps one of the only truly autobiographical sections in which Graham's dad collected body parts after a plane crash during the Second World War and is voiced by Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
A collaboration with Trunk Animation, this short film 'The Quintessential 5-Star Guest' follows Stanley Ledbetter III as he engages with the 'Hotel Water' initiative, an important new approach to helping the world's water crisis.
Client: The Sleep Room
A bear cannot get to sleep. He contacts a team of bed manufacturing birds who build and deliver a brand new bed in which he can hibernate.
Client: ShinyEye Studios
Chris Sayer was one of a handful of directors that helped ShinyEye Studios create over 3 hours of original content to accompany The Who's 50th anniversary tour.
Client: Levis Vintage Clothing
Inspired by early Levis advertising, the 'Shrink to Fit' films started life as a series of illustrations created by Deanna Halsall for its 2013 look book to help people 'Get The Right Fit'. Levis Vintage Clothing reproduces the fits, fabrics and details of bygone eras, faithfully capturing the spirit & heritage of American work wear. It was important to bring as much of these ideas into each film both visually and sonically.