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Google Storybook – Light 2 Night via Little Fluffy Clouds

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For this proof of concept project for Google, Little Fluffy Clouds was tasked with imagining a new kind of children’s storybook using forward thinking technology that is both creative and commercially viable. This book would be physical with a hardback cover and pages that turn and be in every way one that could be read in the traditional way.

Our idea was to imagine the experience as a child would, to step inside that world, and change the entire reading experience for children. This would mean not simply to add a small element to the Google Storybook but to add many elements changing the perspective that encompasses their world.

A special moment occurs when a child goes to bed and the light is turned off. The child’s entire world changes. Often children are afraid of the dark and nightlights are left on to help them feel safe. We asked ourselves – how could we make this moment feel magical and not scary?  The Google Storybook aims to hand control of this special time to the child and with unique magical properties focus bedtime into a fun and inspiring experience – one that allows dreams to spark little imaginations. Employing the traditional storybook concept we envision a complete immersive experience based on two separate but interconnected worlds – day and night.

This is a traditional storybook with characters and adventures some that can be seen only during the day but more that can be seen only at night. The daytime narrative hints at and gives clues to events with even more special characters and adventures that take place specifically when a child goes to bed.

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Embedded within each page will be a layer of Electroluminescence Ink. EL-ink emits light in response to the passage of a low-level current from a regular battery. By sequencing these tiny currents we can illuminate small parts of the image at a certain moment to create an animation. On top of this EL layer is a mask to shape this light in precise forms and on top of that is a semi transparent colored film that holds the illustration. Sensors in the book keeps track of which page is open and if the room is light or dark. Yet even with all this technology, the book still looks and feels like a physical book with a beautiful cover and pages that are a little thicker yet still flexible so although packed with technology the book is indistinguishable from a traditional storybook.

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In addition to the book we imagine two more components to complete this experience – a magic lantern and luminescent stickers to be placed on the walls.

At bedtime the child spots the lantern softly glowing like a night light on the bedside table. This lantern will illuminate images from the story and the characters they have previously met in the book via the luminescent stickers placed previously in the room. When the child touches the lantern it glows brighter and each and every page of the book including the cover lights up. This perceptible wink is the invitation for the child to pick up the lantern and explore the room to see the luminescent stickers. When the child opens the book they find the characters there again but now in the nighttime setting and telling a different story, one that is special taking place only when the room is dark. The pages of the Google Storybook have come to life.

Imagine, as part of the storyline, a child is encouraged to step through a particular page of the book and as their fingertips touch the page the footprint or tracks of their favorite character begin to walk them through to where the next event is embedded for them to see. With the magic lantern and the magic book the child controls the night. Bedtime is now something to look forward to and be excited about.

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SHINE Designs a Masterpiece for Nat Geo’s “Genius: Picasso”

Genius: Picasso main title sequence for Imagine, Fox21 and NatGeo

LA-based SHINE designed, filmed, edited and animated the main title sequence for Genius: Picasso, a biopic event series about Pablo Picasso. Shine developed a concept that employed original photographed and filmed paint textures that make up images of Picasso’s life, relationships and work.

Genius: Picasso stars Antonio Banderas in the titular role – as one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists, who interpreted the world in new and unorthodox ways, and reinvented our perception of creativity in the process. The second season of National Geographic’s 10-part, Emmy-nominated global event series, Genuis, explores how the Spanish-born artist’s passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs, and constantly shifting and personal alliances. Genius is executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and created by Ken Biller.

Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 to April 8, 1973) was a Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the co-creator, along with Georges Braque, of Cubism. Considered radical in his work, Picasso continues to garner reverence for his technical mastery, visionary creativity and profound empathy. Together, these qualities have distinguished the “disquieting” Spaniard with the “sombrepiercing” eyes as a revolutionary artist. For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that he superstitiously believed would keep him alive, contributing significantly to — and paralleling the entire development of — modern art in the 20th century.

Pablo Picasso remains renowned for endlessly reinventing himself, switching between styles so radically different that his life’s work seems to be the product of five or six great artists rather than just one. Of his penchant for style diversity, Picasso insisted that his varied work was not indicative of radical shifts throughout his career, but, rather, of his dedication to objectively evaluating for each piece the form and technique best suited to achieve his desired effect. “Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should,” he explained. “Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”

Art critics and historians typically break Pablo Picasso’s adult career into distinct periods, the first of which lasted from 1901 to 1904 and is called his “Blue Period,” after the color that dominated nearly all of his paintings over these years. At the turn of the 20th century, Picasso moved to Paris, France — the cultural center of European art — to open his own studio. Lonely and deeply depressed over the death of his close friend, Carlos Casagemas, he painted scenes of poverty, isolation and anguish, almost exclusively in shades of blue and green. Picasso’s most famous paintings from the Blue Period include “Blue Nude,” “La Vie” and “The Old Guitarist,” all three of which were completed in 1903.

Art critics and historians typically break Pablo Picasso’s adult career into distinct periods, the first of which lasted from 1901 to 1904 and is called his “Blue Period,” after the color that dominated nearly all of his paintings over these years. At the turn of the 20th century, Picasso moved to Paris, France — the cultural center of European art — to open his own studio. Lonely and deeply depressed over the death of his close friend, Carlos Casagemas, he painted scenes of poverty, isolation and anguish, almost exclusively in shades of blue and green. Picasso’s most famous paintings from the Blue Period include “Blue Nude,” “La Vie” and “The Old Guitarist,” all three of which were completed in 1903. In 1899, Picasso moved back to Barcelona and fell in with a crowd of artists and intellectuals who made their headquarters at a café called El Quatre Gats (“The Four Cats”). Inspired by the anarchists and radicals he met there, Picasso made his decisive break from the classical methods in which he had been trained, and began what would become a lifelong process of experimentation and innovation.

6 Point Media Animates a “Cargument” for Hawaii Five-0 + CBS

Check out this exclusive (and extremely creative!) animated version of a Danny and McGarrett “cargument” for CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-O.  Brought to you by our friends at 6 Point Media

SHINE designs adventurous main titles for Amazon’s THE TICK

SHINE designed and produced the graphic animated main titles for Amazon, Sony Television + Josephson Entertainment’s comic adventure series, THE TICK

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to suspect his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover the conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. They launch into an adventure brimming with crazed archvillains, blood-soaked vigilantes, and superhuman freakery.

The Tick possesses superhuman strength and mass, which makes him capable of inflicting great damage on his surroundings if he is not careful. His full strength is never actually quantified, although he is at the very least capable of lifting whole cars with a single hand, and comfortably bending steel girders. In the pilot of the 2017 series, The Tick claims to have the strength of “ten, perhaps twenty men – a crowded bus stop of men.”

The Tick is also “nigh-invulnerable”, which means it is almost impossible to injure him in any serious way (although he is vulnerable to feelings of pain and his antennae are particularly sensitive). Because of this he can survive moments of extreme stress, and has demonstrated this ability on numerous occasions. In one noteworthy instance, in the animated episode “Evil Sits Down for a Moment”, he fell 4,000 feet out of the sky, crashing through the concrete road below into a subway tunnel, yet before he reached a stop he was subsequently hit by an oncoming train — and he survived it all without any serious physical injury (albeit it did give him serious head trauma and left him badly disoriented for a time). Several powerful supervillains have been able to knock the Tick unconscious in several fights, but he never comes to any lasting harm. He also doesn’t possess a super-powered immune system, as he has been seen sick with the common cold just like a normal person. One of the Tick’s few limitations is that harming or removing his antennae will destroy his sense of balance.

Finally, The Tick possesses something referred to as “drama power”, or basically a tendency for The Tick’s powers to increase as the situation becomes more dramatic. He can also survive in space without a suit, and under water without oxygen for at least a long time.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean gets the “As Told by Emojis” treatment from 6 Point Media + Disney

Our friends at 6 POINT MEDIA have once again teamed up with Disney for their As Told by Emoji series. The latest in animated fun features Capt Jack Sparrow on the high seas adventure… Pirates of the Caribbean

Don’t miss the premiere of 6PM’s new series Apollo Gauntlet premiering next month on Adult Swim !

SHINE designed, edited and animated the main title sequence for GENIUS, a biopic event series about Albert Einstein. The concept SHINE employed used three-dimensional textures of particles that generated imagery inspired by Einstein’s life and work.

GENIUS is NatGeo’s first-ever scripted series, based on the Walter Isaacson book Einstein: His Life and Universe and executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, with Howard also directing the first episode. The all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush as Professor Einstein, Johnny Flynn as Albert in his youth and Emily Watson as the scientist’s second wife — and first cousin — Elsa Einstein. Over 10 episodes, the series takes Einstein’s story beyond the halls of academia to explore his struggles to be a good husband and father, and a man of principle during a period of global unrest. His daringly creative mind often landed him in trouble with his loved ones and peers, but also helped him to usher in ground breaking discoveries that reshaped modern science.