I had the privilege of working on the documentary film "Garden Shark" as an animator and title designer. Produced by Azzume Productions, a trusted collaborator, this project allowed me to contribute my creative talents to a unique and meaningful endeavor.
For "Garden Shark," I created frame-by-frame animations and titles that exuded a playful and timeless style, carefully tailored to the documentary's theme. Leveraging Photoshop and After Effects, I meticulously crafted these animations, ensuring a seamless integration with the film. While the process was demanding, it resulted in a visually captivating experience. Working closely with the producer, Dawn Nagazina, I translated her vision into the animations. Additionally, I collaborated with illustrator John Vooys, utilizing his drawings as the foundation for my work.
"Garden Shark" explores the use of improvisational theater in dementia patients. My animations were instrumental in conveying the documentary's playful themes, shedding light on the complexities of dementia through visual storytelling. I had the privilege of creative freedom within the framework of a storyboard outline developed in collaboration with the producer and director. This allowed me to infuse the animations with my artistic vision while aligning with the project's overall goals. The animations provided viewers with a glimpse into the world of dementia, enhancing the film's storytelling by visualizing the cognitive processes involved.
This project was a rewarding opportunity to merge creativity with a vital message, and I'm proud to have played a role in bringing "Garden Shark" to life.