Compositors gone wild! Very moody layer-heavy design from Cape Town, with rudimentary but ambitious animation. It’s good to see people pushing themselves.
“The Tale of How” by the Blackheart Gang:
High-quality and making-of at theblackheartgang.com.
According to this AnimWatch interview it’s mostly pen and ink, scanned in and colored in Photoshop, with some 3D and live action effects like splashing water and fog — up to 300 animated layers per shot. Having access to studio-grade equipment helps with such top-heavy data-munging; one of the artists works at South African studio Blackginger.