Mr. Owen Goes to Mars

This is my final project for VFS Digital Design. It is a steampunk style children's adventure, inspired by the works of Jules Verne (e.g. Journey to the Center of the Earth, and From Earth to the Moon), and told using animated type. It has two parts: a web layout of animated type and a short video clip trailer. For two months, I worked on typography, layout, and art direction, using mainly Cinema4d, Aftereffects, and Illustrator.

Mr. Owen Goest to Mars got the "2017 Salazar Awards" for best video and motion from the GDC/BC (Society of Graphic Designers of Canada / BC), the "2017 Applied Arts Awards" for broadcast graphic from Applied Arts Magazine, in addition to "The Best Graduate Project" as well as "The Best Technical Motion Design" award from VFS.

Plot: The year 1870 did not start out well for the citizens of Aniville. A space telescope spotted a large asteroid on its way to earth. Fearing the end of the world, the city council, led by Count Owen Owl, held a meeting to discuss an escape plan. Count Owen proposed the building of an exocraft to shuttle everyone to Mars.

Visit the animated type page.

Video Trailer

Concept Art

Case Study

The final illustrated look for the project uses a combination of 2D software (Illustrator and Photoshop) and 3D software (Cinema 4d). Animation is done frame by frame using both Photoshop and Illustrator, sometimes using 3D renders as references.