Feral Child is an animation and illustration studio based in Durban, working both locally and internationally. The studio was born out of a passion for visual storytelling and specialises in illustration, cel animation and motion graphics. The team put their heart and soul into creating visually compelling short-form content for brands, commercials, films, documentaries, in-house use and the public. This group of artists has a collective goal – to constantly create and improve to be able to consistently craft stories with flair and originality.
The team of four is led by Nella Addy and Rogan van den Berg, both bringing their own unique experience
to the space. Nella, Creative Director and artist, having come from a strong fine-art background, offers an
artistic approach when developing the production design and art direction for projects. Rogan, Studio
Creative and musician, brings with him his qualified experience in jazz music, which adds a deep
understanding of pace, build up, tension and release to the work. Skye Davis and Gareth Fourie joined the team at the beginning of 2018, both strong animators and illustrators, with a Silver Loerie under their belts, which they received while still completing their final year at Vega School, in 2017.
Nella put together pieces to showcase Feral Child’s skills and portfolio of work and talks us through each of them for a behind-the-scenes view on their origins. Enjoy.
“Black&White” Official Music Video, Gangs of Ballet and Jack Parow
We were incredibly excited having the opportunity to work on this project, as one of our studio goals has been to work on a music video and it gave us the perfect opportunity to creatively explore animating within that
space. The song, by Gangs of Ballet and Jack Parow, is based on finding clarity in a confused or
damaged relationship. We conceptualised a few sequences based on the idea of illusions,
creating confusion through a loose narrative. The characters experience a series of surreal
sequences. They are trapped in a cycle. Like addiction, things seem good but the reality is
damaging or disappointing.
These are a few frames from the music video that we reworked for an exhibition.
“FRAMEbyFRAME” Title Sequence and Event
To celebrate animation (and its relationship with illustration) in Durban, we decided to put together an exhibition event for the September FirstThursday, at Open Plan Studio on Station Drive. We curated an exhibition, titled FRAMEbyFRAME and invited three other (incredibly talented) Durban creatives to exhibit with us (Gregory Darrell, Warwick Kay, Sarah Mitchell). Because we hate healthy amounts of sleep, we decided about one week before the event to create a title sequence to introduce the exhibitors. It ended up being one of our favourite projects this year and we had a really positive response from attendees, who were able to watch it alongside the other screened projects.
“What’s Your Story?”
This is another self-initiated project we first started brainstorming last year November (2017). The idea was to work in a style we hadn’t worked in before and to explain our studio’s project process in a silly & fun way. We wanted it to be a little corny, which is why we chose the ‘elevator’ bossa nova music score – so it’s a little like a calm elevator pitch, with these contrasting visuals that expose the chaos of the creative process.
“Hey Joe” Brand Intro
These are a few environment designs from an animation we created for a new brewery, opening in Franschhoek soon. The project hasn’t been released yet, however, we think it’s cool to show the different elements that go into an animated piece, and background art is one of those pieces. It has a huge impact on how your characters behave, what they can and cannot do, and how that can be used to deliver your message.
Feral Child Illustration / Style Frame
This is a piece we wanted to add to showcase illustration in Feral Child. Before every animation, we develop style frames where we establish the look and feel of a piece. All of our team members also illustrate in their own time, and we often find inspiration in personal illustrations that we can then ‘earmark’ as potential brainstorming pieces to inspire and inform future studio projects (we place a lot of importance on always producing personal studio projects).