TED Education is a great initiative by TED that teams up educators with animators to explain and visualize a lesson of any given subject.
We collaborated with TED New York to develop this animation piece. The subject matter in this case is an ancient Japanese printing technique called Gyotaku, which involves fish and sea life forms.
Two main characters were designed to tell a 3 minute story to explain what Gyotaku is.
Creative Direction, Character Design, 3D Modelling, Rigging, Lighting, Animation & Compositing: Franco Barroeta
Assistant 3D Modelling, Animation & Compositing: Eduardo Sandoval
Sound Design: Orlando Ruíz
TED-Ed Producer: Gerta Xhelo
TED-Ed Team Assistant: Jessica Ruby
Educator: Karen Dodge
Early character exploration
The two main characters
3D model of the fisherman
3D model of Lord Sakai
3D model of cave fisherman
Fish design exploration
3D model of fish & namazu
Some props and water treatment