International Criminal Court – Animated Series

Client:

International Criminal Court

Overview:

Concept • Storyboarding • Illustration • 2D Animation • Animated Explainer

Background

As a bit of background, the ICC is a permanent international court established to investigate, prosecute and try individuals accused of committing the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole: the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The primary mission of the ICC is to help put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of such crimes and contribute to their prevention.

 

Challenge

Working with partners and the ICC we created a visual language to articulate the role of the ICC and the complexity of the responsibilities of an independent body such as the international criminal court. We developed a series of animated explainers to clearly walk through the role of the ICC, the process by which people are brought to trial in a courtroom, the victims of crime and a specific case around membership. 

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Comments from the team..

Finding a design that suited a somber series like for the International Criminal Court required a few trial runs. We knew from the start that it was going to be fairly graphic heavy and needed to convey a lot of individual facts. The Information itself can be quite hard to hear, as a result,  this had to be represented appropriately in the style.

 

The harshness of the cold, dark background against the creams, worked as a good contrast to make the graphic elements stand out. Introducing the red for the heavier of the statements, aids in adding weight – The richness of the blood red is a more on-the-nose comparison.

 

At one point the animation would have consisted of just the 3 colours. The addition of the blue was added later in the process once it was established by the client that the characters had to be more human like in their appearance.

 

The original idea for the characters was to not include any noticeable individuality for them, and have them all one and the same. I guess my reasoning behind this was to have a sense of facelessness to the victims and offenders. Also as these are for a global audience I didn’t want to focus too heavily on skin colour. I’m pleased with the final result.

Tom – Illustrator & Animator at the Like Minded

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