Added by on 2017-06-30

Making of for Google IO “The Story of an Idea”

Nexus – Google’s hotly anticipated annual I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco kicked off with a 4.5 minute animated short film from Nexus Studios’ director FX Goby. Premiering across 3 cinematic screens to an audience on the ground of 7000, it was live-streamed to millions of viewers around the globe.

FX’s charming animation follows the story of ‘Aye’, protecting and nurturing ‘Idea’ until it evolves into something stellar.

In order to tell that story, FX directed a team of over 40 studio artists at Nexus to reflect the evolution of animation itself. The film builds from hand drawn 2D black and white animation to a full CG VFX heavy grand finale and was combined with a full soundtrack in surround sound for an advanced concert audio system.

Says FX: “It felt like all the planets were aligned. We had the full trust and support of Google from the beginning, it was extremely collaborative working with the creative team there and equally the most challenging and smooth running project I’ve had the chance to work on”.

“Every press conference should start with adorable animation like this.”

Engadget reporter, Nick Summers

Directed by: Fx Goby
Commissioner: Google
Creative Directors: Tom Manion & Jack Colley
Events & Experiences Lead: Amanda Matuk
Events & Experiences Producers: Megan Hardy & Karen Morris
Production Company: Nexus Studios
Executive Creative Director: Chris O’Reilly
Executive Producer: Luke Youngman
Producer: Fernanda Garcia Lopez
Production Managers: Rebecca Archer, Derek Walsh
Art Director: Bjorn-Erik Aschim
Design Team: James Castillo, Maxime Dupuy, Callum Strachan
Matte Painting: James Castillo, Maxime Dupuy, Mike Shorten
Storyboard: Gervais Merryweather
CG Supervisor: Michal Firkowski & Christian Johnson
3D Animation: Dominic Griffin, William Lorton, Thibaud Clergue, Fabrice Fiteni, Aziz Kocanaogullari, Inès Pagniez, Conor Ryan
Modelling: Amy Ash, Florent Rousseau, Fabien Glasse,
Rigging: Gaetan Borde, Ludovic Habas, Mark Tsang
Texturing: Eva de Prado, Clementine Frere
Compositing: Kenneth Hau (Lead), Marco Baratto, Valentin Panisset, Dalvir Matharu, Antoine Foulot, Raphael Theolade, Chieka Ononye
VFX: Hugh Johnson, Zoubein Rana, Eaton Crous,
Lighting and Rendering: Dorianne Fiblueil (Lead), Corentine Charron, Benoit Berthe, Carl Kenyon, Sophie Blayrat, Arkin Esref
Editorial: David Slade, James Alexander McCaughan
Render Wrangler: Pierre Clenet
2D Animation
Production Company: Mighty Nice
ECD: Darren Price
Executive Producer: Jackie Archer
Producer: Tina Braham
Production Coordinator: Diana Angelius
Animators: Bonnie Taylor Forsyth, Richard Chhoa, Victoria Dinh, Tessa Eden, Duncan MacLaren
Sound Design & Mix: JM Finch @ Fonic
Music: Alright Alright Alright by Mungo Jerry
Voice Actors: Charlie Hayes, Jonathan Rhodes, Nigel Pilkington

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