Niche Business Awards 2022

Awards & Ceremonies | 3D Mascot

 
 

THE BRIEF:
Once again we're working with our friends at Niche Magazine to work on the Niche Business Awards 2022! This year the theme is Back To The Future (or BTTF for short), so we created a variety of animated content for their finalist reveals and awards presentations! Working closely with their design and events team, we created animated electrifying content that would be featured on socials and the night's awards evening.
 
Our task was to create engaging animated content that represented the theme of BTTF, whilst also celebrating Leicestershire businesses and their achievements. We created two mascots this time round; known as Duke & Martin. They were featured in various imagery and small animations featured in this year's awards ceremony.

THE MASCOT:
The Lead Balloon and Niche Magazine team came together to discuss ideas on the Duke & Martin's designs, something fun but is a nod towards the classic 80s movie 'Back To The Future' (1985). Our team worked on initial concept artwork before refining it down to one design. We then took to our 3D software to sculpt, model, texture and rig the characters and their props; ready for animation!

Duke, the 3D character mascot for the Niche Business Awards 2022!
Duke, the 3D character mascot for the Niche Business Awards 2022!

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Concept Sheet of Martin & Duke, Niche Business Awards 2022
Concept Sheet of Martin & Duke, Niche Business Awards 2022

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Colour Concept Sheet of Duke, Niche Business Awards 2022
Colour Concept Sheet of Duke, Niche Business Awards 2022

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THE PRE-PRODUCTION:
We created storyboards when planning our animation for the Niche Business Awards. These helped us know what was taking place and where, and these early developments are shared with the client.

Initial Storyboard Idea for the Transition Animation, Semi-Finalist Announcements
Initial Storyboard Idea for the Transition Animation, Semi-Finalist Announcements

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THE ANIMATION:
We produced a variation of animations for the Awards evening. This includes an exciting drive transition animation for the finalists reveal, a holding screen and the heads & tails animation.

PHOTOS FROM THE NIGHT:
The evening was fantastic, we really wish we could've been there to experience such a fun event! These photos were taken by Hitz Rao Photography.

Photo from the Niche Business Awards 2021. Photo taken by Hitz Rao Photography
Photo from the Niche Business Awards 2021. Photo taken by Hitz Rao Photography

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Photo from the Niche Business Awards 2021. Photo taken by Hitz Rao Photography
Photo from the Niche Business Awards 2021. Photo taken by Hitz Rao Photography

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Photo from the Niche Business Awards 2021. Photo taken by Hitz Rao Photography
Photo from the Niche Business Awards 2021. Photo taken by Hitz Rao Photography

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THE RESULT:
The imagery and animations were featured at the Niche Business Awards 2022, entertaining Leicestershire business owners and entrepreneurs. As always we had an amazing time with the Niche Magazine team again and we can't wait to work alongside them again in the future!

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