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Johan Rockström

TED Countdown

We felt humbled by the request to direct this important talk for such a big event. Being a pretty lengthy script, packed with information and data that all felt equally important to communicate, it was almost like having a seven and a half minute script with only headlines that deserved and screamed for the same attention. There’s not a dead second in this talk, therefore it was with both excitement and a healthy amount of intimidation we took on the task.

Directing a collaborative project isn’t always easy. You need to put a lot of trust in your partners, not only to deliver in time but also that what they do deliver will match with all the other parts. In many ways, it can be compared to laying a 10’000 piece jig-saw puzzle. There’s so many different elements that need to fit together: colors, textures, patterns, stroke thickness, timing, etc. We solved that, both by doing a good chunk of the animation in-house, but also by handling all the compositing, to be able to have control over the final look.

The aesthetics we landed were a strong, gritty collage-style to portray the seriousness of the speech. It is still colorful, but with a dominant fiery signal orange and yellow on top of a dark cold gray. The textures work as a manifest of tactility and creativity and brings a kind of guerrilla-style feel to the communication. It’s packed with paper cut-outs and rips, grainy Xerox photocopies, silkscreen prints, and expressive charcoal and pen sketches.

Credits

Client

TED Countdown
Johan Rockström

Production company

Brikk

Creative direction

Brikk

Executive Producer

Brikk

Director

Brikk

Script

Johan Rockström
Owen Gaffney

Storyboard

Björn Johansson

Animatic

Björn Johansson

Editor

Göran Messelt Andersson

Illustrations

Björn Johansson
Alexander Lory
Joakim Areschoug
David Saracino
Emma Brinck
Clara Busquets
Bee Grandinetti
David Saracino

2D Animation

Björn Johansson
Alexander Lory
Emma Brinck
Clara Busquets
Emil Börner
Simon Ekstrand Appel
Joakim Areschoug
Viktor Norman
Thomas Pomarelle
Philip Engström
Bee Grandinetti

3D Animation

Thomas Pomarelle
Viktor Norman
Simon Ekstrand Appel
Joakim Areschoug

3D Animation

Kristian Andersson
Björn Johansson
Sergey Krasin
Cristoffer Åhlund

First Assistent Camera

David Mikic

Gaffer

Daniel Keith

Audio Technician

Janna Johansson

DOP

Daniel Gustafsson

Make up artist

Isabel Ztirl

Sound design

Calle Wachtmeister

Styleframes

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Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström
Ted Countdown Johan Rockström