Gentleman Scholar offers animated celebration of football
It’s done and dusted now, but during the 2018 World Cup Gentleman Scholar crafted a nice little animated tribute to the beautiful game, celebrating a handful of different players and their nations. The designers, animators and art directors of the US creative studio wanted to play off the diverse nature of the tournament by cycling through different styles and techniques to tell a simple but charming story.
The studio launched in Los Angeles in 2010 and expanded to New York in 2016; it works with live-action production, animation, digital exploration, print and VR.
Describing their inspiration for this passion project, the company’s principals explained: “We dedicate this piece not just to the event itself, but also to the unifying nature of this sport in general. A perfect reminder that we are one world brought together to witness the spectacle of first-class soccer playing.”
With the Womens’ World Cup about to kick off in France next week, perhaps there’s another animated story waiting to be told, but for now enjoy this stylised tribute below.
Project: Gentleman Scholar’s World Cup “2018”
Design & Animation: Gentleman Scholar
Creative Directors: William Campbell, Will Johnson & Chace Hartman
Executive Producers: Jo Arghiris & Christina Roldan
Heads of Production: Tyler Locke & Ryan McLaughlin
Art Directors: Macauley Johnson & Chris Finn
CG Supervisor: Tim Hayward
Coordinator: Kev Jones
Designers: Juan Carlos Cuadra, Cristina Barna, Cam Floyd, Hana Eunjin Yean, Trish Janovic, Jina Kwon, Mike Tavarez, Vin Kim, Ana Chang
2D Animators: Kenny Kerut
Cel Animators: Laura Yilmaz, Matt Everton, Lyuben Dimitrov, Cristina Barna, Jina Kwon
3D Animator: James Lane
3D Generalist: Allan Bernardo
Model / Texture Artist: Jacques Clement
Music & Sound Design: James Webb