Dallas, Texas-based Brazen Animation has unveiled a dramatic teaser for its first original content offering: Tempest. Featuring a mix of animation techniques, the three-minute spot introduces a grizzled and bereaved old sailor, determined to face down a powerful adversary that would give Captain Jack Sparrow pause. The project is self-funded and internally developed by Brazen’s in-house team, and the studio is currently seeking development partners for a long-form version of Tempest.
“Between servicing our commercial clients and partners, we created Tempest as a sincere attempt to test the conventions of animated storytelling and what our incredibly talented team can achieve,” said Bryan Engram, Brazen CEO and director of Tempest. “We want to boldly tackle subject matter and styles not represented in typical animated fare.”
The moody visuals and cinematic symoblism imbued in Tempest are created with an engaging mix of CG animation and 2D design sensibilities, drawn from a variety of sources from theatrical lighting, classic animation styles and the allegorical turns of Melville’s Moby Dick. You can watch a Making-Of video here.
“For Tempest, we were inspired by cinematic realism and exaggerated animation and design sensibilities. There’s no ‘house style’ at Brazen. We craft a look and feel for each piece of content based on what best serves the story,” said Engram.
Engram founded Brazen in 2014, having previously served as director of studio animation, animation director and supervisor on films and theme park experiences, including The Wild, Everyone’s Hero, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Open Season 2 & 3, Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, The Simpsons Ride and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. The studio team includes industry veterans hailing from Disney, Fox, Blue Sky, Sony, ILM and Reel FX, who deliver projects for clients such as The Academy, Riot Games, Telltale Games, DreamWorks, Ford and Hasbro.
Visit BrazenAnimation.com to learn more about the studio.