Meet Melvyn, he’s a watermelon and the star of two animations we have produced for…. Watermelon! Our two quirky films showcase the whats, hows and whys of the service Watermelon offer, in juicy and perfectly proportioned packages.
Introducing Green and Blue Bla! A loveable plasticine duo designed to advertise car sharing service, BlaBlaCar. Using our handmade prowess, F&E have brought this spirited pair to life in a range of 3D animated commercials and online virals. Advertising the company’s people powered transport network through humorous and quirky scenarios.
IHP + is a group of partners committed to improving the health of citizens in developing countries, so Fred & Eric were delighted to produce a film which helps to explain their vital service.
A series of three short animations created for Octopus Group. Highlighting their key 'Values & Behaviours' for an internal campaign. F&E designed a cast of characters to illustrate these important company values in a clear and humorous way.
Sounds Design: soundcanvas.co
This powerful campaign film was produced for Greenpeace's Great Northern Forest campaign. Introducing the world's largest forest to a wider audience that may not be aware of its global importance in the fight against climate change.
This huge, ancient boreal forest is referred to as our planet’s green crown, storing more carbon in its trees and soils than all the tropical rainforests put together. Our film introduces this precious forest, highlighting its diverse ecosystem and cultural heritage. Before going on to describe how it’s being threatened and what this destruction means in the battle against climate change.
Calling viewers to action by signing the petition urging governments to protect this unique habitat and global treasure:
F&E created this live-action commercial for Oxfam Presents: Stand as One - Live at Glastonbury 2016 album. Made to promote Oxfam's Stand As One Campaign in support of people forced to flee conflict, disaster and poverty. The album is dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP, a former Oxfam activist, who campaigned tirelessly for refugees.
Star of this commercial is the album vinyl sleeve, plus a cast of helping hands that help to reveal the line-up along with a few Glastonbury inspired props.... The full festival experience, without the soggy socks.
Channel 4 commissioned Fred & Eric to make a 20 second competition spot. Leaving the brief open for us to work out a creative we’ve always wanted to do; a live-action shoot featuring a cast of handmade objects and a gang of human controllers with impeccable timing! Shot in one take (albeit number 38!), the creative features a near-seamless flow of cardboard and paper gadgets which appear in time to the voice-over. All made possible by lots of helping hands, a sliding set, strategically placed magnets, fishing wire and a hair dryer.
Keep Calm and Unwind is the sixth compilation album in the hugely successful Keep Calm series. F&E were chosen to create the TV spot for this latest release, with a creative that perfectly combines our house style with the album’s chilled out tracks.
Collaborating with creative agency Kream, F&E created this TV spot for the mindfulness app MindPilot. Our creative features a hand drawn illustration style and cell animation, reflecting the charm and serenity of the narrative.
Fred & Eric like to tick every box, so when Channel 4 asked us to create a promotional video to encourage viewers to check the box and receive more communications, we jumped at the chance. Branching out from the handmade, we created a stop-frame look using 3D animation and real textures.
Relocating our studio to a deep dark cave in the middle of a dark dark wood, was the only way F&E could hone their creative juices and cook up these two commercials for Bear Nibbles. In our trademark paper-craft style, F&E brought a series of 3D papery illustrations to life using quirky animation inspired by traditional techniques. Tracking Bear’s Big World Adventure where he sniffs out only the best ingredients for his delicious baked fruity yoyo snacks. Now F&E just have to find that trail of delicious berries which leads back to our Charlotte Street studio…
F&E are very lucky to have a talented network around us, so when asked to collaborate with our good friends Smoke & Apple Films on their latest documentary 'The Family I Had' our Wacom pens were poised for action.
In this documentary, what begins as a seemingly isolated incident of 13-year-old Paris's shocking murder of his 4-year-old sister, slowly dissolves into an illuminating study of a family fraught with mental illness, intra-family violence, addiction, love and fear. We took Paris's drawings and brought them to life through animation. Highlighting key moments of the film and giving a deeper insight into his mind as a small boy, to the incarcerated young man he is today. Using the rich tapestry of these drawings as our basis we also created opening titles and an end credit sequence.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. We're encouraging everyone to look out for it as it gets wider release.
Always keen to stand out from the crowd, Fred & Eric relished this opportunity to create unique characters to voice the opinions of Channel 4 viewers. Our lively animation aired across all Channel 4 platforms and was created to promote their Core4 scheme, encouraging viewers to give feedback. The spot features a cast of eccentrics including a bespectacled Scottish triangle, a rectangle with wind and an impressive moustachioed man who is ‘down with the kids’. Look closely and you might even see our very own Fred & Eric hidden in the crowd….
When disaster strikes, people turn to the internet as an invaluable source of information. With this in mind, Google created Crisis Response; an online tool which uses technology to collate and share information in times of emergency. Working closely with Across the Pond we created this short film to demonstrate Google's life-saving technology. Briefing us to create a sketched illustration style to communicate the key features of this technology.
An animated short created for the Making Noise Research Project; an initiative highlighting the experiences and perspectives of children and young people who have been sexually abused within the family environment.
The narrative was created by real children and young people, who shared their stories to help professionals better understand their experiences after sexual abuse. F&E illustrated and animated visuals that sensitively convey the strong emotions and feelings their experiences describe. Enhanced by creative sound design to amplify feeling and meaning. Producing a film that strikes a balance between the seriousness of the subject matter and a drive for positive change.
This film was produced for the Making Noise Project, as a collaboration between NSPCC, the University of Bedfordshire and The International Centre researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking.
Sound Design: Aaron Lampert
Sundrop Farms invited F&E to create this promotional video for their website; explaining what they do, how it's done and why they do it.
There’s nothing like creating characters that look good enough to eat, as proven by this bite-sized animation we created as part of Jack Morton’s 75th Anniversary collaborative short.
F&E were contacted by the lovely folks at WWF (not Hulk Hogan, but the infamous Panda), to create an animation to promote their Green Ambassadors Scheme. This project aims to encourage a new generation of green-minded primary school children to get involved with the scheme and become a ‘Green Ambassador’; recycling, energy saving and living a ‘greener’ lifestyle. Our film introduces Earth and his sprightly team of characters with their own individual ‘green’ specialisms, to showcase the scheme’s objectives.
This trailer was created to introduce the release of computer game, Little Big Planet 2. Taking the viewer on a journey through gaming history, paying homage to the iconic design of computer games and consoles. The trailer was designed and directed by Fred & Eric’s Creative Director Maggie Rogers and took on the handmade aesthetic behind Little Big Planet's game design. Maggie devised a narrative that combined real handmade settings, stopframe transitions and specially designed gameplay sections. Allowing Sackboy to embark on this handmade journey through gaming history.
Creative Agency: Maverick
Fred & Eric got in touch with their romantic side for Samsung Galaxy mobile’s ‘Love Note’ competition. The animation invites customers to design a personal note to send to a loved one, with the chance of winning the opportunity to hand deliver it anywhere in the world. Ahhhhhhhhh…..
Introducing Odds & Checker, the ultimate detecting duo who have made it their mission to sniff out the best odds for app, Oddschecker. Working alongside production company MCP, Fred & Eric brought this fervent duo to life for a dynamic TV spot. Developing Oddschecker’s existing 2D caricatures into walking, talking 3D characters and transporting them into the real world.
Mr Special was created by Maggie Rogers (F&E’s creative director) as a personal project. His glowing heart and helpful nature was designed to brighten up rainy days. Mr Special is a 30cm high furry model, complete with a wire armature and internal dimmable light. He was brought to life using stopframe animation, with the final animation taking on a mixed media approach to create the final look.
This fresh and tasty animation was cooked up to honour the 125th anniversary of scent and taste specialists, IFF. F&E worked with creative agency Home to create this uplifting journey through IFF’s remarkable history. Now Fred & Eric just need to embark on their campaign to bring back Smellovision and the recipe for this scrumptious animation will be complete!
Paper, cardboard and plenty of glue went in to the making of this little animation for Tesco Clubcard. Combining handmade paper models and stop-frame animation to showcase five easy ways to boost your Clubcard points.
Down-time is never without creativity in F&E HQ, as proven by this illustration series. Fred & Eric would love an excuse to bring them in to the animation world.
F&E were very eager to work with NSPCC on a series of films for their Schools Service, tackling incredibly difficult and emotive subjects for their young audience. To show sensitivity towards the individual stories, we have created a montage to showcase the poignant work this essential service provides.
Fred & Eric were commissioned by VCCP to produce a handmade TV spot for Southern Railway, showcasing Southern’s free children’s activity book. Our team of top paper engineers began building up the dense jungle, before changing their blades to create an adapted version of the activity book. Filling it with fun jungle characters (and a crab) alongside the book’s puzzles and games. Over at Clapham Road Studios, the scenes were brought to life using stopframe animation and some added panache in the form of moustachioed Mexican wrestler, Loco Tolido.
PR agency Bell Pottinger commissioned F&E to design and animate an internal communication film for their client, Maersk. Bringing the company values to life using Fred & Eric’s signature handmade style. Collaborating with illustrator Owen Gildersleeve, his hand-cut illustrations formed a fun and friendly visual style for this informational short.
F&E were commissioned by international media planning and buying agency Mindshare, to produce an agency film explaining their new communications philosophy – Storytelling. Using a combination of kinetic typography, illustrations and paper textures to create a balance between corporate and creative. Resulting in a playful graphic treatment which brings the words and story to life.
Come rain, snow or sunshine, F&E LOVE an ice cream. So in homage to ice creams of all shapes, sizes and dietary requirements, we created these friendly fellows as a studio project.
In between dusting off their reindeer ears and drinking mulled wine, F&E created this promo for the MTV Christmas music channel takeover. Our spot features festive wrapping paper coming to life, with a cast of naughty elves, Christmas trees on candy cane legs and a Santa that's had one too many.... It's Christmas all wrapped up! BeYULEtiful...
F&E created a series of animated Idents for LeapFrog, advertising a clever little pen called Tag. Illustrating all the exciting places Tag can transport a little imagination to before bedtime.
Working with our friends at Impact BBDO, F&E created this colourful school chalkboard inspired commercial for retailer Centrepoint. Featuring a combination of live action footage, chalk illustrations, 2D and stopframe animation, this energetic sequence shows off the store’s Back to School 2014 collection.
A series of 10 idents for the Toon Disney channel, Scandinavia. Each narrative was constructed using footage of characters who feature on the channel. With the characters and narratives brought together into a handmade cardboard world.
Built and shot at Clapham Road Studios.
The Channel 4 team always come up trumps when dishing out creative briefs and this promo for new show, Stars At Your Service was no exception! The show gives members of the public a chance to think up unusual tasks and challenges for celebrities, in exchange for a donation to Cancer Research UK and Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer fundraising campaign.