Children's Wish Foundation
My role: Designer, Prop Maker, Set Builder, Stop Motion Animator
Once in a while, a project comes along for a cause that is worthwhile, with a script that is charming, and a crew that you love like family. It's not often, but these unicorns do exist, and this was one of those projects. Created during my time at Crush, the design & animation team of Crushers really rolled up their sleeves and got physical with this one, employing a mixture of stop motion animation, 2D character animation, and practical sets built out of paper and carved foam.
For this project I designed all the characters and had a hand in creating and animating the practical sets.
I may have lost some brain cells carving foam with a hot blade, but I remember sitting on the fire escape, in the sunshine, carving foam and thinking, "I am getting paid for this!". It wasn't the foam carving that got me so high -- it was the experience of creating something meaningful with such an incredible team, with everyone cross-pollinating and building stuff and just generally being super creative.
You can watch a portion of the spot above, and then enjoy this peek behind the scenes below.
(sadly I don't have complete credits here... if anyone can fill in the blanks please email me)
Produced at Crush Inc
Creative Director: Gary Thomas
Producer: Janice Rebelo
2D Animation: Yoho Yue
Stop Motion Animation: Jullian Ablaza, Julia Deakin
Character Design: Julia Deakin
Set Design: Jullian Ablaza, Julia Deakin
Props: Jullian Ablaza, Julia Deakin, Flavia Lopez, Ashley Barron