Every stop-frame narrative begins with a good storyboard. For Virgin, the striking character design and sets were the main focus while the audience listened to the entrepreneurial advice.
The animatic helped to bring to life the simple storyboard, translating the action and getting across the idea of mentoring. The animatic was key for our animation team to work out the characters’ markings and how far the puppets needed to move each frame.
The characters for Virgin Unite were created to look as if they were made entirely from paper. Doing this would have made the puppets very fragile and hard to animate. The puppets were instead made with thick card, wire and Styro foam to make them more robust for the stop-motion process.