July 20, 2018

Preacher: FaceFace

S3 Image Spot

"That's horny" - Tyler, the Creator

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In a uniquely stylized image spot for Preacher’s third season, our team did a deep-dive into the flash/2D world more than ever before. All starting with a concept executed by designer and illustrator Carol Cai, we created individual portraits for each Preacher cast member that would spotlight their distinct characteristics and establish the show’s singular vibe as a whole.

Early Boards by Carol Cai

Once we nailed down early styleframes, our team shot reference for each character in New Orleans, while shooting for our Angelville Preacher spot. This would create a map of facial expressions and movements that our team could follow closely in post. After a round of edits, we began doing line work with a team of five Flash artists and illustrators.

Reference - Edited by Jessica Ledoux / Line Test Animation by Peter Ahern

With our team established, we fell right into the thick of animation, all done completely by hand, working our way up to a 12fps render of each illustration. All of our artists were given specific characters to animate, some of the tasks being delegated between line work and color work.

Line Renders - Illustrated by Carol Cai

Our plan from the beginning was to make our transitions fit the narrative of each character’s storyline: for instance, “Grandma’s” goblet that she drinks souls out of, the fire that consumes “Cassidy”, “Jesse's" persistent cigarette smoking, and so forth. The transitions made the concept truly come alive, pointing to significant plot points, all while making the piece move in a fluid, distinguished manner.

Transitions - 45sec Spot / Flash Artists: Peter Ahern, Efrain Cintron, Blake Patrick, Mavis Huang, Will Pittas, Jane Wu

Starting with a concept executed by designer and illustrator Carol Cai, we created individual portraits for each Preacher cast member.

Overall, this spot brought us into new, exciting territory that produced an extraordinary final product. Thanks to our partners and collaborators at AMC for the opportunity to create something so special. We had a blast!

Final Composite and Backgrounds by Alec Iselin, Liu Chia-Lung and Jane Wu

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