Magnati

Making payments magnetic

Client

Magnati

Year

2021

Categories

2D Animation
Characters
Illustration
Finance
Tech

Magnati is a new payment method that is changing the way the Middle East and Africa shares money at every level. With payment solutions and services for all industries, their technology stays true to their name by connecting not only magnates but, companies, governments, and everyday users through the powerful pull of their platform.

To demonstrate its attractive draw, FutureBrand asked us to direct this project to visually illustrate that making payments with Magnati is – to put it simply – magnetic. 

Magnets are, to this day, a little glimpse of everyday magic, invisible to the naked eye. Their mesmerizing movement, as they’re brought together by an outside force, is what we wanted to bring to life in this project.

In Magnati’s original branding, 3D geometric shapes slap together as if attracted by the force of a magnet, building a visual language for the way we move money today. Our interpretation springboards off of this idea, taking the feel of this magnetic behavior and expanding its possibilities, as we exemplify the power of the Magnati platform. 

Using a 2D style with a crafty, playful aesthetic, the viewer sees the same geometric shapes that they’ve come to associate with Magnati whisk around as if controlled by energetic off-screen magnets. You can almost imagine the conductor behind this orchestra of magnetic energy that moves the shapes from one part of the storyline to the next, as they create a tapestry of mesmeric motion.  

From the organized chaos that defines the magnetic language at the start to more literal representations of the brand’s services. We watch the geometric shapes, like a guide, transition us through the ever-progressing narrative, until we reach the crescendo: a cacophony of images that visually demonstrate everything that Magnati is capable of. This idea is further developed through the ways in which we use the shapes: as simple geometric forms that interact together, as the building blocks of the scenes that characterize and drive the narrative, and as the catalyst for explaining abstract concepts. 

Character Exploration

Technical approach

The magnetic behavior of the shapes is so present that it practically becomes its own character, confidently leading us through imperceptible transitions with a seamless shape logic. Going one step further, we used the same brand shapes as a jumping off point to be brought to life in the human form, enabling the final product to capture the balance between Magnati’s geometric elements and the soul within them. To emphasize this amplified world, we also played with proportions of the shapes, exaggerating elements with a larger than life size. 

The rhythmic beat in the background – a tribute to the film’s geographic location – accentuates each exclamation of movement. This, paired with a color palette that compliments the brand’s blues with brighter, secondary tones, draws further attention to the mesmeric movement of the film.  

So when we see those familiar shapes come to life as myriad examples of entrepreneurs building up their businesses or the giant hands of government entities shaking over a new deal, we understand how the magnetic energy of Magnati can move you, too. 

Styleframes

Rough Animation

Credits

Directed and Produced by

Device

Client

Magnati

Agency

FutureBrand

Creative Direction

Paul Silcox (FutureBrand)
Ben Barton (FutureBrand)

Producer

Stefanie Mathewson (FutureBrand)

Script

FutureBrand

Director

Ibran Trassierra

Project Manager

Victoria Ventura

Illustrator

Eudald Salarich

Storyboard

Ibran Trassierra
Eudald Salarich

Lead Animator

Albert Oriol

2D Animation

Albert Oriol
Edu Altarriba

Cel Animation

Giorgio Gore
Juan Huarte

Clean-Up

Eze Cruz
Giorgio Gore
Juan Huarte
Eudald Salarich

Edit & Compositing

Albert Oriol

Music & Sound Design

Facundo Capece