Cape Town’s Conduit Films & Production Studio has been an impressive studio over the years. Headed by designer / director duo Marc Ziman and David Correia they work in collaboration with a production team to bring their narratives to life. Their new site gives thumbnail views to a slew of lovely design, motion graphic, live action and shorts they have done over the years for clients in South Africa, Kenya, to Germany (etc) and their self-initiated projects.
Early this year Conduit directed 2 shorts for Adidas “The Ultimate Search: The Maestro” Featuring Real Madrid’s Kaka and The Ultimate Search: The Powerhouse” featuring Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard. Working with finished illustrations from comic book / graphic novel artists; Ryan Benjamin illustrated Gerrard while J.G. Jones drew Kaka.
Having a tough challenge to pull these illustrations to life and being limited from using cell-animation as they got final illustrations, we don’t seem to see the limitations inhibit the two final animations. Using After effects the team created depth, added some 3D elements, made the environment scenes pop with added effects. They also added missing pieces, cut out individual elements to make them move organically and created a way to make the over-all environments much richer. Inspired by traditional manga where animation is restrained to give focus to the beautiful environment, they were able to capture a cinematic sense to these animations and add to it a richly layered sound track.
Look out for more from this powerhouse yet small studio.