Sexy yetis, scientists, and neon colors collide in "Better Humans," a kaleidoscopic romp through the possibilities of gene editing and body augmentation. As part of a 7-part series commissioned by Massive Science on the lasting impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this film from Moth takes inspiration from 80’s Japanese monster vinyl toys to create a look into the neon future. Moth wanted the film to look loose and fun so experimented with the use of bright colored markers on plastic cels. Falling in love with the resulting texture and look, Moth decided to embrace the technique and design the whole film on physical cels. These were then scanned and used as their backgrounds to their digital 2D animation, enhancing the film with imperfections that gave it a special charm and unique result.
Client Massive Science
Sound + Music Skillbard
Producer Harriet Bailey
Senior Producer Nadja Oertelt
Executive Producers Ed Finn, Bob Beard
Produced for Frankenstein Bicentennial Project at Arizona State University
In partnership with MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab
Moth is a multi-award-winning animation studio formed by Daniel Chester, Dave Prosser, and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits.
Since collectively graduating from the Royal College of Art, they have quickly become renowned for their perceptive, emotive storytelling. Whether it’s examining the looming threat of artificial intelligence, the effects of rainforest deforestation, or the plight of refugees, their colorful, hand-drawn animation style and narrative cadence possess maturity and profundity.
Their projects have been screened and awarded in festivals worldwide, including a BAFTA nomination for Matter Fisher in 2011, a British Animation Award for HIAS: For the Refugee in 2016, a D&AD Graphite pencil, and Annecy Crystal Award for their New York Times piece Modern Love: A Kiss, Deferred in 2016, as well as an ADC Young Gun Award and a YCN Professional Award for their greater portfolio of work.