Two part series created for TED-Ed telling the Chinese tale of the white snake in a traditional shadow puppet style.
TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. They aim to spark and celebrate the ideas of students and teachers worldwide with their original short animated videos and lessons.
TED-Ed offered us the opportunity to retell this ancient and much loved Chinese story about magic, demons and a love that triumphs over death.
We wanted to evoke traditional Chinese art forms with this film and, after experimenting with different techniques, decided with the team at TED-Ed that shadow puppets would be the perfect way to animate the story. We created an art style that gave a nod to traditional Chinese shadow puppets, but with a modern twist that would appeal to viewers of this predominantly social media based film.
The characters for this film went through various design stages. We wanted to capture elements from traditional Chinese shadow theatre as well as give the puppets some character. We experimented with various lighting and texture effects before we reached the final look, mimicking the leather used for traditional screens and puppets.