Is This the Real Life?
Is This Just Fantasy?
When Jenn Shaw, writer-director extraordinaire and good friend to us at Houses, came to us with a new proposition, we didn’t have to think twice. She needed our help to produce an 8 episode web series for Harper Collins on Fantasy Worldbuilding, something all of us fantasy and sci-fi nerds instantly geeked out over with the possibilities.
The series is based on esteemed author interviews produced by Jenn and Harper Collins. Our task was to edit those down and bring each topic to life through visuals which enhance and expand upon the author’s words.
We wanted to tackle this on 2 different fronts. While the author is on screen, we will emphasize their points with hand-drawn graphics that reveal and float in the space. These are reminiscent of the author’s own notes as they work out an idea, evolve a specific aspect, or even eliminate elements that aren’t working. We see these like pencil drawings on screen… loose and free, able to be emphasized, changed or erased. We liked this, as it helps show how messy the creative process can be, but it’s the path you have to follow to find a better idea.
WORLDBUILDING 101 – EP 106 – TRAILER
In addition to the creating the 8 full length episodes, Houses created teaser trailers for each. Above you can find one of our favorite cutdowns.
Click on the image below to view all 8 episodes on Facebook Watch. They’re a lot of fun and some good nuggets of info for those aspiring Fantasy authors!
Houses in Motion
Director: John Earle
Design & Animation: Alex Trimpe, Caroline Duffy, Katie Falk, Julie Morris, John Earle
Fabrication: Katie Falk, Caroline Duffy, John Earle
Edit & Sound Design: Dan Jusino
Copywriter: Gianna Orzo
Audio Mix: Explosion Robinson
Series Producer: Jennifer Shaw