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This City – Black Orchid Empire

Animated Music Video

Anime-lovers Black Orchid Empire wanted to push the creative impact a music video can have with their third single ‘This City’.

Black Orchid Empire

Animation / Art Direction / Character Design / 3D Modelling

‘This City’ presented a unique challenge in combining 2D and 3D worlds into a single narrative; bringing together traditional hand-drawn techniques and high-end 3D modelling whilst piecing everything together within Adobe After Effects.

Getting the 3-Dimensional characters to convincingly exist alongside their 2D counterparts meant splitting apart surface attributes such as glow, specular and shadows to allow each property to be uniquely controlled to achieve an authentic anime feel.

The video drew inspiration from classical animes such as Akira and Ghost in the Shell.

“The guys at RamJam did an incredible job, and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the results all the way through the process.” – Paul Visser, Black Orchid Empire