Mr Special was created by Maggie Rogers, Creative Director at Fred & Eric Limited. fredanderic.com
The animation was inspired by the idea of creating a heart - shaped character who glows when he's happy. The addition of his umbrella led to the story's narrative, where helping others turns sad and lonely situations into ones of warmth and hope.
Mr Special is a 30cm high furry model with a wire armature. He was animated at 12 frames per second using stop-frame animation and shot against a against a green screen. This sequence was then keyed and composited into the rich 3D After Effects environment.