Behind The Scenes

WAWWA 1+1

 Take a closer look at the puppets and sets we created for WAWWA's 1+1 ad. We brought this world to life using mixed techniques including stop-motion, practical effects, cut out animation and CGI.  

SETTING THE SCENE

EXT. CITY STREET – NIGHT

 

6PM on a frosty winters night, piles of snow are on the pavement and warm breath hangs in the cold air. 

 

A homeless person (DAVID) and his dog sit outside an old convenience store. HOT DRINKS and SNACKS are advertised on illuminated signs above the shop but the shutters are down - The shop is shut. 

 

Crowds of people rush by in silhouette. In the distance, a construction crane dominates the skyline. 

 

Amidst the hustle and bustle, DAVID sits unnoticed behind a paper cup. 

 

A gust of wind picks up and blows the cup a short distance.

 

The dog (mostly under blanket) follows the cup with his eyes but doesn’t flinch. We see that he’s in poor health with patches of fur missing on his head. A familiar hand reaches into view and picks up the cup, moving it back to its original place. 

 

The last of the crowd passes by and the two are alone together.

 

DAVID takes off his wooly hat and places it on the dog’s head - An unseen act of kindness. 

 

[BEAT]

 

‘WAWWA’ enters frame and stops beside DAVID. She gives DAVID a hat and sits down beside him.

 

WAWWA 1+1 LOGO

Fade to black

"For every item purchased from the 1+1 range,

another will be donated to someone less fortunate"

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CHARACTER FABRICATION

Mood boards were used to explore costumes in varying colours and textures before the final designs were sent to puppet fabricator, Diane Dwyer, who expertly replicated the costumes

at a scale of 1:6. 

CUT OUT ANIMATION

We used a mix of cut out animation and digital 2D to create the passing crowd. The silhouettes were created digitally and then fed into our cutting machine to create a series of walking poses for the  replacement animation process.

VISUAL FX 

Snow fall was created using practical FX. We filed down balsa wood to create saw dust which was filmed and later composited into shot during post production.

Sets & Props

THE INVENTOR OF HAPPINESS

 Browse through some of our favourite props from our short film. This section will be updated throughout production, so please check back in future for more!