For years we have had an urge to create a character-driven animation piece. For us, the opportunity came knocking in the Fall of 2010 disguised in the form of a pitch for 'Funcheez'.
We got excited and pulled out all the stops for the pitch. We designed characters and environments, drew up storyboards, colour boards, and boardomatics. The pitch was beautiful and fun, but in the end the client decided to go with another studio for the spot.
But it was too late—we had somehow fallen completely in-love with our strange little alien creatures and rather than relegating them to our salon des refusés to gather dust, decided to take the plunge and build a story around them.
Read more about the project and how it came to life on our site here: studio.tendril.ca/#1751740/SML
Production Company: Tendril Design+Animation Inc.
Directors: Chris Bahry, Alexandre Torres
Executive Producer: Kate Bate
Producer: Anne Deslauriers
Music & Sound Design: John Black of CypherAudio
Character Design: Lucianno Pommella
Look Development: Vini Nascimento, Dele Nuga
3D Modeling: Luis Guilherme, Vini Nascimento, Raden Slipicevic
Rigging: Felipe 'Pepe' Nogueira
Lead Character Animator: Alan Camilo
Character Animation: Luis Guilherme, Vini Nascimento, Marcin Porebski
2D Animation: Dele Nuga
Cloth, Fluids & Particle Simulation: Marcin Porebski
Rendering & Compositing: Brad Husband
Special Thanks: Marcus Alquéres