We were approached by The SpringHill 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

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Written/Directed By

Salima Koroma

Animation By



CJ Cook

Executive Producer

Samantha Cook


David Saracino

Lead Character Design

Daniel Amdemichael

Lead Environment Design

Yann Benedi

Diego Freyre


Tom Goyon

Sabrena Khadija

Allen Laseter

Agathe Leroux

Vhaldemar Madama

Léa Rey-Mauzaize

Arthur Vergani

Title Design

Somatic Alex Haldi

2D Lead Animator

Léonard Bismuth

2D Animators

Lauren Bednar

CJ Cook

Grégoire de Bernouis

Victoria de Millo Gregory

Louis Holmes

Jerry Jaimes

Sandy Lachkar

Maëva Le Fouillé

Meghan O'Brien

Andrew Stadler

3D Animators

Brent Austin

Ryan Reid

Ian Ross

Ben Lippert


Ambrose Yu