Our goal was to design a suite of characters that would bring charm and humor to this festive tradition. Each character was to have its own clear visual identity and distinctly recognisable personalities and the look and feel was inspired by a stylistic treatment that teeters on elements of realism.
We wanted to strike the balance between open and cosy with our set design. Open, as our characters needed to move around the space freely and cosy, because we wanted to make our scene feel as festively magical as possible.
We created an open-plan layout with archways to separate the kitchen from the dining room and decorated with Christmassy elements such as a hanging sleigh, a fireplace and garlands over the bannister to set the tone and feeling of the piece.
Our goal was to try to capture a family home at Christmas time but it was easy to forget that no one's home looks like a picture on Pinterest! Especially not with three kids running riot.
Once we had created the set, we started to consider further details; discarded toys, piles of presents, laid out ingredients, normal living! Though to be fair, its still conservative in messiness compared to some of our kitchens...
The raw render from the animation looked beautiful but we wanted to add some depth, motion blur and just a touch of dirt and noise to give a twinkle of nostalgia to the piece. Take a look at the lighting breakdown below. We'll be sharing some more making of snippets soon, so watch this space...
We hope you enjoyed Jingle Crumbs, be sure to let us know what you think.