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‘Through The Dark’ was written by Hilltop Hoods' Pressure (aka Dan Smith) for his young son Liam who was diagnosed with leukaemia. A collaboration with Google Play Music, the interactive film, inspired by Dan’s story, shares a father and son’s journey through two 3D animated worlds—the dark representing fear and the light representing hope. Hornet's Eran Hilleli, developing the animation design, created the haunting character design that lends itself so perfectly to the song and was selected by Hamish Stewart (ECD at R/GA Sydney) and his team for the project due to Eran's "evocative style."
Animation Design - Eran Hilleli
Director (interactive) - Mike Daly
Production - XYZ Studios
Through RGA and XYZ “Through the Dark” has won these awards:
2017 Creative Review Winner: Interactive Film & Virtual
2017 Webby Awards: Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics
2017 Webby Awards: Best Use of Animation- People's Voice
2017 One Show Mobile Bronze: Visual Effects, Animation
2017 ADC Google Digital Gold: Interactive: Interactive Film
2017 ADC Google Digital Silver: Craft in Digital: Art Direction
2017 D&AD Crafts for Design Yellow Pencil (Gold): Animation & Illustration for Websites & Digital Design
2017 D&AD Graphic Design Wood Pencil(Bronze): Digital & Mobile
It was Eran Hilleli’s senior year at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Israel, when he created Between Bears—a delicate short film with a minimalist yet bold aesthetic. The video was quickly recognized throughout the animation industry for its complex story, subdued color palette, and graceful use of negative space, and proceeded to take ‘Best Animation’ at the inaugural Vimeo Awards in New York that same year.
Fascinated by simple shapes and fantastical worlds, Eran has a great appreciation for projects that leave room for interpretation—his work as Animation Director on music video Boy’s Latin for indie rockstar Panda Bear is a prime example. His film Three and a Half Seconds About Life showcases Eran's savviness for beautifully-styled animation, cinematic flair, and spot-on, humorous timing. Posts on Eran’s personal website, Tumblr, and Vimeo pages have had a knack for rapidly turning into viral sensations, including the live show visuals he created for a project commissioned by EDM Artist Skrillex.