SECI’s 2021 campaign against domestic violence towards women is something we couldn’t be more humbled and proud to be a part of – “Not everything will be alright if there’s victims of domestic violence still”.
Miguel Madaíl de Freitas and all the team really went out of their comfort zone for this dual-technique approach, conveying all the emotion and seriousness of the topic in a more palatable yet beautiful craft.
Creating an animation involving domestic violence requires a delicate balance between a strong visual impression and visual elegance for good taste. We needed to convey all the emotion and seriousness of the topic in a more palatable yet beautiful craft.
We set out to find this balance based on the artistic style of C’Marie, whose striking visuals were chosen for this campaign. The end result is our contribution to a very noble cause, with a final result we couldn’t be more proud and humbled by.
The brief above set the course for a dual-technique approach: full 2D, hand drawn characters faithful to C’Marie’s illustrations were animated and composited on full 3D, nearly photorealistic environments.
This really enabled the characters to pop and have our attention even more focused on them and the story unraveling in front of us. Below you can find some extra visuals on the creation and animation process!
Having a 3D base environment let us explore and iterate creatively on the camera movements and framing so that the 2D animation team quickly had a locked animatic to work on.
Relying on a 3D pipeline allowed us to create lighting and shadow effects in the 3D scene, further alleviating the 2D team from such tasks and having them focused on the character animations.
Client – SECI
Agency – KISS
Production – Nebula
Directors – Miguel Madaíl de Freitas
Client: SECI – Secretaria de Estado para a Cidadania e Igualdade
Music & Sound FX: Índigo
Production: Nebula Studios
Director / Art: Miguel Madaíl de Freitas
Project Manager: Ana Fino
Original Character Art: C’Marie
Character Design: Rafael Jesus
2D Rnd: João Monteiro, Rafael Jesus, Ruben Almeida
2D Animation/Paiting: Miguel Madaíl de Freitas, Rafael Jesus, Ruben Almeida
3D: Miguel Madaíl de Freitas
Edit / Compositing: Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas