First we needed to select the perfect animals to fit the concept. We came up with a large selection of different animal species, shapes, weights, sizes, sleeping positions, or even group formations. Here some ideas that didn’t make the cut.
We placed character design in the hands of talented Yoann Hervo. We liked the idea of having almost childlike characters, like drawn from a children’s book, simple, fun and highly expressive. Here is a selection of Yoann’s designs we liked the most, some of them are on the film, the rest we wish it was.
The general setting for this film is quite straightforward : a plain background, a mattress and an animal. Yet color was surprisingly challenging for such a simple and minimal style. The main reason for that was the purple color, which does not pair satisfyingly with other colors. In the end, we decided that the best color to associate purple with… was purple.
Here are some early stage animations, created by the amazing people at Remembers.
Warmth and comfort are central here, and must transpire on audio as well. A big inspiration for the voice and personality of the camel was Barry White and his deep sensual appeasing voice. Just a tiny touch of sexiness to feel right at home.