We were approached by The SpingHill Company to produce a series of vignettes for CNN's documentary "Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street." A total of 10 minutes of design and cel animation created in 3 months, an incredibly tight timeline. So tight that we were still working on design and treatment as animation started locking in keyframes.
It's just as important to understand and study the event itself to remember what was lost before and after to the Tulsa Massacre. The vision of Greenwood's community at it's height pitched to us by the documentary's director Salima Koroma was colorful, lively, and one we worked very hard to try to bring to life.
We recognize the subject matter is a sensitive and difficult topic to cover appropriately and we took our role very seriously. Our team is incredibly proud of our contribution to the film.
Special Thanks to Steve Waite & James Thayer at Somatic for being wonderful partners
Watch the full story on CNNgo and HBOMax.
CNN The SpringHill Company
Lead Character Design
Lead Environment Design
Somatic Alex Haldi
2D Lead Animator
Grégoire de Bernouis
Victoria de Millo Gregory
Maëva Le Fouillé