Offf Dach 2021: Repeater title film

Category: Motion Graphics; Entrant: Carbon

Creative production studio Carbon created Repeater as the animated title film for Offf Dach’s 2021 creativity and design festival in Vienna. Featuring original live-recorded orchestra music and sound design from Antfood, it is described by the studio as “a tale of non-conformity and rejection that builds to a kaleidoscopic ceremony”.

The brief for the film was simply the theme of the festival, ‘Misfits’. From this, Carbon created the story of a world in which creatures speak in symbols and can turn those symbols into realities. A ruling class of Sayers force Repeaters to only speak in squares, creating endless cubes with which the Sayers can build their towers. One Repeater, banished from their tower for creating a forbidden anomaly, wanders the wastelands and discovers a band of misfit rebels in the midst of a wild ceremonial ritual. Joining them, they discover the true potential of these forbidden forms to change their world.

In keeping with the spirit of the film, Carbon set out to use a new visual style not seen before. The resulting illustrative hybrid of 2D and 3D grew organically out of the collaboration between designers and CG artists. The team developed techniques to render the 3D characters in a slightly flattened and painterly way, designed to match the handmade feel of the 2D backgrounds and the beautiful look established by the designers.

Design Studio: Carbon
Writer/Director: Ian Bradley
Assistant Director/Head Of CG: Frank Grecco
Executive Producer: Phil Linturn
Executive Creative Director: Liam Chapple
Senior Producer: Krystle Timm
CG Supervisor: Dan Fine
VFX Supervisor: Tobey Lindback
FX Supervisor: Ryan Hussain
Art Direction and Design: Ian Bradley, Claudio Araos Marincovic, Felipe Fiori, Kim Dulaney, Lena Vargas, Katrina Zimmerman, Reece Parker, Megan Palero
2D Animation: Katrina Zimmerman, Reece Parker, Peiter Hergert, Mikhail Pakhomov, Lizzi Akana, Carolina Lopez Corominas, Jahmad Rollins
3D Animation: Anthony Travieso, Han Hu, Jean-Luc Delhougne, Kevin Nguyen, Sam Gierasimczuk
Compositors: Fred Kim, Jen Howard
CG Artists: Martin Gunnarsson, Chin Lee, Ivan Joy, Alex Rumsa, Katie Heady, Dan Moreno, Eric Xu, Mike Penny, Sean Skube, Sylvia Apostol Colourist: Julien Biard
Executive Producer, Colour: Laurie Adrianopoli
Producer, Colour: Dan Butler
Colour Assist: Cassie Benedict
Resource Manager: Beth Skopp
Production Coordinator: Mariette Amici
Music and Sound Design: Antfood
Composers: Wilson Brown, Yuta Endo, Rory White, Charley Van Veldhoven, Dalton Harts
Sound Design: Wilson Brown, Yuta Endo, Pedro Botsaris, Rory White, Bennett Eiferman
Executive Producer: Sue Lee
Senior Producers: Jennifer Fife, Trevor Haimes
Executive Creative Director: Wilson Brown
Creative Director: Yuta Endo
Orchestrator: Adam Klemens
Orchestra: Smecky Orchestra
Special Thanks: Tessa Treanor, Wilson Brown, Thomas Keeley, Lauren Malis, Whitehouse Post