This episode showcases Australian animation studio Mighty Nice’s video “Here for the Heavy Stuff” for Insuranceline, a life and funeral insurance company based in Sydney. The video won 2022 Best in Show in General Video – Animation. Known for their whimsical artistry, Mighty Nice depicted the anxiety and worry around end of life planning by animating a birthday party for some of the world’s longest-lived creatures: tortoises.
Digitally illustrated to recreate a clay-like texture reminiscent of stop-motion animation, the tortoises celebrating at a backyard barbecue bring a much-needed levity to “the hard conversations” about what will happen after we’re gone. Our guest, the director of the video, Gary Fouchy, walks us through the animation process, highlighting new techniques the studio developed to achieve the handmade look of stop motion animation.
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