Stage Beyond Borders

Initiative by The Japan Foundation

Client

Stage Beyond Borders

Year

2021

Categories

2D Animation
Characters
Illustration

Stage Beyond Borders is a new initiative by The Japan Foundation through which it “promotes Japanese performing arts online for people throughout the world who are seeking opportunities to enjoy Japanese stage performances amid the pandemic”. We created this animation to act as a teaser for Japan Foundation’s performing arts schedule.

The objective of this piece is to transmit the diversity of contemporary and traditional arts existing in Japan within a 30-second animation. Japan Foundation wanted the illustrations to be modern and relatable, while at the same time truthful to Japanese traditional arts. Being that the performances are held entirely online, we had to find a way to communicate the message in a universally appealing way.

Character Exploration

Technical approach

Influenced by the performances themselves, we wanted to give the illustrations a playful look without losing their minimalist style. Working with frame-by-frame animation, we sought to distort the illustrations and provide them with fluid actions to bring them to life. Playing with stretch and squash techniques, transitioning between frames with the help of the character’s own movements.

Styleframes

Rough Animation

Credits

Production

BOL

Direction

Device

Art Director

Louis Wes

Executive Producer

Marcello Buselli

Producer

Tamara Sefcovicova

Director

Ester Dus

Additional Illustration

Alba Prado

Lead Animation

Israel Giampietro

Animation

Karla Cuba, Ester Dus

Clean Up

Karla Cuba, Ester Dus

Compositing

Ester Dus

Music & Sound Design

Raül Peix