HOAX Movies, a Los Angeles primarily based VFX and movement graphics firm, offered animation and character design for Dairy Queen and The Coca-Cola Firm’s “The hAPPiest Sweeps Ever” interactive cell app beneath the inventive course of Hathaway company’s Anibal Suarez. This app offered the platform for Dairy Queen’s summer season sweepstakes which awarded prizes starting from household holidays to deal with rewards.
Understanding the scope of the undertaking and the necessity for true character design, HOAX Movies producer and proprietor, Alexis Nelson, introduced veteran designer and modeler Heather Shepherd onboard to guide the animation group. Shepherd’s background consists of work at Walt Disney Studios, Blue Sky Studios, and The Jim Henson Firm.
The interactive recreation featured hAPPy, a smiling character, which customers might feed chosen meals objects, and in response, see enjoyable animations. The character was created to embody the sensation of pleasure and summer season whereas staying throughout the Dairy Queen model.
“The nuances of his facial animation have been key to essentially bringing pleasure and life to the 3D mannequin,” Shepherd commented. “We wished him to really feel recognizable as an emoji, however take him one step additional. His eyebrow rig helped together with his expressiveness. He wanted to have the ability to talk instructions to the person, all by way of his facial expressions. His eyebrow raises and pupil instructions confirmed eagerness for the person to rush up and select, and his pure hAPPy summer season pleasure can be felt when he was lastly rewarded with a deal with, much like a canine.”
“Working with Hathway was implausible as a result of they really allowed us to be part of the inventive course of,” Nelson added. “Typically, an company fingers over some boards and says, ‘Right here, make this.’ However we liked the belief they’d in us, particularly in our lead designer, Heather Shepherd. The backwards and forwards inventive course of jogs my memory why we’re all on this business. It’s about collaborating on actually enjoyable inventive content material that speaks to everybody. And ice cream.”
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