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June
June / 六月  




   
   

“Life is better when you share the ride.”

“June” is the story of a woman who becomes more connected to her community through ridesharing. Chromosphere was approached by Academy Award-winning director John Kahrs and Lyft to provide complete design and animation services for this project. We worked directly with John from the earliest concept designs through to the final frames, making sure that everything we did enhanced the story that he wanted to tell.

In the beginning we see only a small slice of the world around June in Chicago’s southside, but by the end we are taken on a whirlwind journey through all of Chicago’s diverse and colorful neighborhoods. For visualizing these environments we first tapped designer Théo Guignard whose rich color sensibilities brought out the beauty in every single place June visits.

One of our biggest challenges was to design, build, and rig June, our central character. She needed to be appealing and fit in with our graphic style, but also have the ability to exhibit subtle emotions. For her design, as well as all of the other characters in the film, we enlisted Tiffany Ford to capture her personality. Tiffany’s designs have an authentic and specific feel that is often hard to come by in mainstream animation.

To bring the characters to life we had to assemble a team of animators who could embrace the visual style of the short and also understand the subtlety of acting required to make the piece feel authentic. Leading this team was Nelson Boles, who lent his extremely sophisticated sensibilities to June’s movements and facial expressions.

The final product is a vibrant mix of 2D and 3D assembled by our skilled team of international compositors and animators. We’re incredibly proud to have been a part of this beautiful project.

Read the Making Of on MOTIONOGRAPHER

Watch the Behind-the-Scenes Featurette


Credits / Crédits / クレジット

PRODUCED FOR LYFT BY
Broad Reach Pictures and Chromosphere

DIRECTED BY
John Kahrs

PRODUCED BY
Gennie Rim

CHROMOSPHERE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Kevin Dart

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Myles Shioda

DESIGN
Théo Guignard
Arthur Chaumay
Tiffany Ford
Jasmin Lai
Emily Paik
Sylvia Liu

CG
Pedro Vergani
Feed Me Light: Felipe Hansen, Denis Bodart, Denis Bouyer, Richard Kazuo Maegaki
Mattias Bjurström
Theresa Latzko

ANIMATION
Nelson Boles
Claudio Salas
Alex Grigg
Jonathan Djob Nkondo
Bill Northcott
Vitaliy Strokous

LIGHTING & RENDERING
Camille Perrin

COMPOSITING
Stéphane Coëdel
Rob Ward
H. Kristen Campbell
Alasdair Brotherston

ADDITIONAL HELP FROM
Nate Funaro
Keiko Murayama
Rachel Chu
Jim Levasseur








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Hello, World
Bonjour le Monde / こんにちは、世界  




   
   

Our official 2016 studio holiday card was designed and conceptualized by Jasmin Lai. The theme for this card was “traveling for the holidays”, and we also wanted to create something that represented some of the philosophies of our studio, such as connecting artists around the world and representing the beauty of our planet in rich detail and design.


Credits / Crédits / クレジット

DESIGNED BY
Jasmin Lai

CHARACTER DESIGN BY
Tiffany Ford

LEAD ANIMATION & COMPOSITING
Rob Ward

MUSIC
Mine Shoulder

Sound Design
Stephane Coedel

PRODUCED BY CHROMOSPHERE INTL.








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Forms In Nature
Les formes dans la Nature / 自然の中の形  




   
   

An audiovisual meditation on mankind’s scientific achievements and the wonders of the natural world. This film celebrates how science deepens our connection to the universe with study and curiosity.

We made this film to inspire and to remind the audience of the incredible beauty that exists everywhere in our world. It’s our duty as humans to not just understand, but also to protect and live in harmony with our world.

Every scene represents an important scientific discovery, innovation, or topic of eco conservation. It opens with the beginning of life on earth, continues to show the diversity of our ecosystem, highlighting several landmark scientific achievements (evolution, space exploration, biology), and concludes with some of our most ambitious efforts to explore outside of our home planet.

We had a very non-traditional process for making this film. It began as a random series of vignettes and illustrations with the common theme of scientific aspiration. Then composer David Kamp created the score utilizing a structure with 4-second intervals. We used this piece of music to create a framework for the whole film. The scenes were animated and placed into an edit wherever they seemed to fit with the song. The result is non-linear and meditative.

We treated this process as a completely organic collaboration, with each person’s work guiding the final result.

READ THEMAKING OF” ON MOTIONOGRAPHER


Credits / Crédits / クレジット

AN AUDIOVISUAL COLLABORATION BY
Kevin Dart
Stephane Coedel
David Kamp
Nelson Boles








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Cosmos: Uruk Brought to Life
Cosmos : Uruk ressuscitée / コスモ:よみがえったウルク  




   
   

For this piece on Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s “COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey”, we were asked to depict an ancient civilization which succumbed to an epic drought. Utilizing droves of research we strived for the utmost accuracy in our depiction of the long lost people of Uruk and their way of life.


Credits / Crédits / クレジット

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Kevin Dart

LEAD ANIMATION & COMPOSITING
Stéphane Coëdel

CHARACTER ANIMATION
Stephen Vuillemin

PRODUCER
Emily Haidri

PRODUCED BY CHROMOSPHERE INTL.








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Her: Perfect Mom
Her : Mère parfaite / 彼女:パーフェクトママ  




   
   

Kevin worked directly with Spike Jonze to realize his vision for the future of gaming: a realistic simulation game where you play the role of a “Perfect Mom”. From the HUD design to the characters’ walk cycles, we tried to create an authentic-looking video game which evoked the near-future aesthetic of “Her”.


Credits / Crédits / クレジット

Written & Directed by SPIKE JONZE
PRODUCTION: Passion Pictures
ANIMATION SUPERVISOR & DESIGNER: Kevin Dart
ANIMATION SUPERVISOR: Stephane Coedel
PRODUCERS: Ryan Goodwin-Smith // Mariano Melman // Lottie Hope // Katrina Lofaro
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Anne DiLorenzo
ADDITIONAL CHARACTER DESIGN: Emmanuelle Walker
PRODUCTION COORDINATORS: Mark Harper // Suzanne Forward // Amelie Zilliox
LAYOUT ARTISTS & CG MODELING: Matthias Bjurstrom // Ian Brown
RIGGING: Chris Dawson // Morgan Evans
ANIMATION CG: Constantin Paeplow // Kyra Buschor // Conor Ryan // Wes Coman
LIGHTING & RENDERING: Quentin Vien // Will Broadbent








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A Year of Sun with Mr. Persol
Une année au soleil avec Mr. Persol / ミスター・ペルソールとの素敵な一年  




   
   

We were tasked with creating a new branding character for Persol who could embody the indentity and Steve McQueen-cool of the iconic sunglasses line. This film shows a day in the life of the globe-trotting Mr Persol, who along with his dog Percy visits New York, San Francisco, and Italy. The film also shows off six distinct frames as well as the collector’s Box at the end.


Credits / Crédits / クレジット

PRODUCTION Passion Pictures
DIRECTED BY Kevin Dart // Stephane Coedel
PRODUCER Ryan Goodwin-Smith
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Jen Coatsworth
DESIGNS BY Kevin Dart // Chris Turnham
ANIMATORS Jeremy Pires // Nelson Boles // Nick Appleton
ANIMATION ASSISTANT Mariano Melman
COMPOSITING Stephane Coedel // Celine Desrumaux
EDITING Stephane Coedel
STORY Kevin Dart // Stephane Coedel // Elizabeth Ito // Chris Mitchell
SOUND & MUSIC Dave Newby








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Yuki 7: Looks That Kill
Yuki 7: Les regards qui tuent / ユキ7号:危険な美貌  




   
   

A faux trailer designed to promote a book starring Kevin’s original character Yuki 7 – a globe-trotting femme fatale. This film touched on techniques we would use in all of our subsequent work, including live-action style camera moves, focus pulls, and stylized lighting.


Credits / Crédits / クレジット

Directed by:
Kevin Dart // kevindart.com // twitter.com/kevindart
Stéphane Coëdel // vimeo.com/steffromuk
Music:
Cyrille Marchesseau // cyrillemarchesseau.com
Vocals // Emma Rey
Lyrics // Kevin Dart
Musical Assistant // Sébastien Poitevin
Additional Animation:
Sung-Jin Ahn // sungjinahn.blogspot.com/
Additional Storyboards:
Elizabeth Ito // kikutowne.com
Kristen Lester // roxxykristen.blogspot.com/
ELAN Magazine Cover:
Megan Brain // meganbrain.blogspot.com








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