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Feature Film Sequence

Ear for Eye - Animated Sequence

Glassworks

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The impactful feature film ‘Ear for Eye’ by debbie tucker green is an adaptation of her stage play that mixes mixes spoken word, theatre and music to offer a vital perspective on racial injustice on both sides of the Atlantic.

The animation sequence, created by Glassworks, illustrates a meaningful conversation between two men with conflicting stances on activism. Its sketch-like appearance pulls the spectator into the narrative, making us feel as though the characters are directly drawing their thoughts on paper. To capture tucker green’s poetic rhythm, the animation moves and twists, with pencil strokes seamlessly transforming one scene into the next.

The figures had to be simple and without distinct features, but their body language and movements had to be highly expressive. The animation team therefore designed abstract stickmen with fully functional joints that could move in a smooth, natural way. While the sequence was fully drawn by hand, 3D software was used behind-the-scenes to test camera movements and to enact the part with the flying papers.

The predominantly black and white animation uses chromatic contrast to emphasise the structural inequality denounced in the film. The only bursts of colour are those of the Pan-African flag and the red blood and fire ignited by the young man’s words.

CREW

VFX crew Animators
CREDITS ANIMATED SEQUENCE
Created by: Glassworks Creative Studio
Director: Hugo Rodríguez Rodríguez
Storyboard, Concept & Design: Hugo Rodríguez Rodríguez
Lead Compositor: Hugo Rodríguez Rodríguez
2D Assist: Leonardo Grassi
Cel Animation Lead: Hugo Rodríguez Rodríguez
Cel Animation Assist: Līna Ozoliņa, Lewis Barr, Patrick Armstrong, Alba Luna Segura, Katie Liston
MCR: Andrew Kidd
Chief Operating Officer: Anya Kruzmetra
Executive Producer: Chris Kiser
Head of Production: Belén Palos
Producer: Katie Liston

Other Crew
DIRECTOR (FILM): debbie tucker green
PRODUCTION COMPANY (FILM): BBC Film, British Film Institute, Fruit Tree Media, Eon Productions

Software

Krita, Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects