“Blending” is a 3D animated short developed by team PRISM, a Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) team at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) for the Spring semester of 2015. The team is composed by me, Ingrid Ecker, Marco Vieira, Paulo Bala and Sandra Olim.
We wanted to create an experience that depicted a problem that is present in our society for a long time – discrimination, and with it, self-acceptance. “Blending” tells the story of Harold, a greenie who lives in a world where everything is, well, green. A world where anything that is not green is not accepted, or simply seen as something immoral. But the reality is somehow different – people have to hide their real color because they fear this green mentality. This is exactly what happens to Harold when he finds out he’s “different”, as he is forced to cope with this problem the best way he can.
We used several techniques throughout the development of this project to both achieve the desired visual style (using non-photorealistic rendering in order to create the feeling of a living painting) and to facilitate the animation’s production (using facial tracking to quickly add expressions to the character).
With this short animated film, we intend to create a bond between the story and the audience personal experience related with discrimination. Whether this experience is associated with human rights, race rights, bullying, etc. We want to reach every single person that was affected by any kind of discrimination.