Uniquely cheeky on-skin animations
We teamed up with DBLG to celebrate their 10th anniversary with animation, using naked bodies as a canvas—and Hey Pressto! This is what came out.
Have you ever seen a walking nipple or a game of tennis on a bare bum? Things are about to change! Press play on Hey Pressto, a short film we made with creative agency DBLG that uses naked bodies as a canvas.
Using layer upon layer of techniques—3D printing, physical imprinting on skin and a combination of drawn, stop-motion and digital animation—this boundary-pushing passion project is truly one of a kind.
Watch the video below to get a glimpse into how it was made.
The idea was conceived and developed by DBLG, who called upon us for an injection of characterful animation. We designed and drew each frame, which DBLG then converted into 3D-printed stamps.
DBLG directed and produced the films at Clapham Road Studios, London. Here, the stamps were pressed by hand directly onto models of all shapes, sizes and ages, photographed one by one and digitally composited to produce the final animations.
The photography direction was placed in the capable hands of Malcolm Hadley, an expert in stop-frame who had just finished working on Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, and is known for his work on Oscar-nominated films for Tim Burton.
Creative projects like this are at the heart of our studio, so bringing together like-minded creatives like Animade and Malcolm completed the dream team we were looking for.
Grant Gilbert, DBLG
We’d been fans of Animade for a long time and always loved how their animations convey a huge amount of character in such a simple and universal way. Animade were absolutely perfect collaborators for this project and we were really excited with the idea to make an animation that crossed into a physical world.
Grant Gilbert, DBLG
Concept, direction + production
Design + animation
Director of Photography