During the lockdowns of 2020, the production of Disney’s film ‘Godmothered’ came to a standstill along with many other films. This led to StudioAKA in London being commissioned by Disney to create a feature-quality animation for the film.
I was commissioned by StudioAKA to work with art director Gergely Wootsch and reimagine the existing live-action material into a stylised environment for animation. The film, starring Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher and directed by Sharon Maguire, was missing an important sequence which set up the story and the characters.
The idea was to keep a storybook feel to the artwork with nods to Disney classics such as 101 Dalmatians. The sets and props were all to be created in CG, while lush, traditional 2D animation was used for the characters.
Production unfolded at breakneck speed – mountains of storyboards, layouts and designs were produced – a small selection of which are shown below. I was so lucky to be part of such a fantastic team – with the peerless Marc Craste at the helm. An amazing project to be part of!
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