Production Company: Digital Kitchen
Creative Director: Mason Nicoll
Art Director: Peter Pak
Producer: Michael Cates
Design & Animation: Peter Pak, Giovana Pham, Cisco Torres
I worked as a designer and animator with Digital Kitchen for a new Epix original show, Godfather of Harlem. The visual style was inspired by Romare Bearden and other African-American artists from 1960s Harlem. To achieve this look, we created collages in Photoshop from different sources - royalty free imagery, our own actual photography, and cut outs from old magazines.
Some of these stop motion style animations were achieved in After Effects, while a few were created as real stop motion pieces, cutting, folding, and crumbling paper, frame by frame. The realistic paper textures were crucial for giving the piece visual specificity - like it was crafted with the tools that artists used in the 20th century.