During COVID-19, the team decided to use motion capture technology to create a film about the 5 stages of grief. The film follows 2 indistinct characters as they leave each other before lockdown and head into isolation. Their moods and colours change throughout the film as they try to keep busy.

Having read an article about grief, managing and creative director, Jonathan Brigden thought it touched a nerve. As a nation, we are all grieving our previous lives, from seeing loved ones to going to restaurants and the cinema etc. So we set about to make a film about the 5 stages of grief that you can experience whilst in isolation. Of course, the film would also have to be made in isolation with some clever collaboration from the team.

After spending time formulating and storyboarding the film, we had the Noitom suit delivered to one of their visual artists, Ed Vosper at his home. Vosper recorded his part of the action in isolation, then delivered the kit to his colleague, Iina Kuula’s doorstep as part of his daily exercise. From there, Kuula was able to finish capturing the action. The whole team at Studio Giggle then worked hard over a few days, developing the graphics and evolving the story.

Digital artist, Iina Kuula said, “We often find the best creative work is born out of constraint.”

Giggle got in touch with Scott Berinato, the author of the Harvard Business Review article, to show him what his words inspired. He said “This is one of the more creative inspirations from the article and I like it very much.  I had no idea when working on the article that Kessler’s words would strike people so deeply. It’s amazing to see it continue to move people. Take care and stay well.”

The film was also submitted to a number of online short film review sites. Marco Luca from Film Shortage, said ‘Excellent work, absolutely love the creative work people are doing while in isolation. Really makes us believe nothing can destroy creativity. This film is short and simple, but it speaks a thousand words in a beautiful fashion.’

Animation, Film
Character animation


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