“Devin Rhodes is Dead” Book Trailer

Book Trailer

“Devin Rhodes is Dead” Book Trailer

 

Concept, design and animation work for a Charlesbridge Publishing book trailer.

For this young adult / middle grade book trailer we worked with the author directly to develop a concept based on the lovely cover painting by Kelly Murphy, and put together a script based on quotations from the book.

We wanted to reference the illustrative style of the cover, but still have the freedom of working in 3D space. After a few rounds of look development, we settled on a style that felt like an animated painting. Cinema 4D was used to model the necklace and simulate dynamics, as well as animated shaders and displacements to make each render more irregular. Then the frames were filtered through After Effects, and sequenced so that they blended every 4 frames, giving a slowed-down feeling that wasn’t too jarring despite the changes in textures.