Google I/O: The Story of an Idea

  • JM Finch

This is a story for anyone who has ever had an idea, big or small. What will your idea become?
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Google’s hotly anticipated annual I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco kicked off with a 4.5 minute animated short film from Nexus Studios’ director FX Goby. Premiering across 3 cinematic screens to an audience on the ground of 7000, it was live-streamed to millions of viewers around the globe.
FX’s charming animation follows the story of ‘Aye’, protecting and nurturing ‘Idea’ until it evolves into something stellar.
In order to tell that story, FX directed a team of over 40 studio artists at Nexus to reflect the evolution of animation itself. The film builds from hand drawn 2D black and white animation to a full CG VFX heavy grand finale and was combined with a full soundtrack in surround sound for an advanced concert audio system.
Says FX: “It felt like all the planets were aligned. We had the full trust and support of Google from the beginning, it was extremely collaborative working with the creative team there and equally the most challenging and smooth running project I’ve had the chance to work on”.
“Every press conference should start with adorable animation like this.”
Engadget reporter, Nick Summers
Directed by: Fx Goby
Commissioner: Google Creative Directors: Tom Manion & Jack Colley Events & Experiences Lead: Amanda Matuk Events & Experiences Producers: Megan Hardy & Karen Morris
Production Company: Nexus Studios Executive Creative Director: Chris O’Reilly Executive Producer: Luke Youngman Producer: Fernanda Garcia Lopez Production Managers: Rebecca Archer, Derek Walsh Art Director: Bjorn-Erik Aschim Design Team: James Castillo, Maxime Dupuy, Callum Strachan Matte Painting: James Castillo, Maxime Dupuy, Mike Shorten Storyboard: Gervais Merryweather CG Supervisor: Michal Firkowski & Christian Johnson 3D Animation: Dominic Griffin, William Lorton, Thibaud Clergue, Fabrice Fiteni, Aziz Kocanaogullari, Inès Pagniez, Conor Ryan Modelling: Amy Ash, Florent Rousseau, Fabien Glasse, Rigging: Gaetan Borde, Ludovic Habas, Mark Tsang Texturing: Eva de Prado, Clementine Frere Compositing: Kenneth Hau (Lead), Marco Baratto, Valentin Panisset, Dalvir Matharu, Antoine Foulot, Raphael Theolade, Chieka Ononye VFX: Hugh Johnson, Zoubein Rana, Eaton Crous, Lighting and Rendering: Dorianne Fiblueil (Lead), Corentine Charron, Benoit Berthe, Carl Kenyon, Sophie Blayrat, Arkin Esref Editorial: David Slade, James Alexander McCaughan Render Wrangler: Pierre Clenet 2D Animation Production Company: Mighty Nice ECD: Darren Price Executive Producer: Jackie Archer Producer: Tina Braham Production Coordinator: Diana Angelius Animators: Bonnie Taylor Forsyth, Richard Chhoa, Victoria Dinh, Tessa Eden, Duncan MacLaren Sound Design & Mix: JM Finch @ Fonic Music: Alright Alright Alright by Mungo Jerry Voice Actors: Charlie Hayes, Jonathan Rhodes, Nigel Pilkington


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