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Trippy, amazing, and "how'd they do that?" are a few ways to describe "Skazka," Mill+ creative director Rama Allen's main titles for OFFF St. Petersburg. 

The titles bring to life the process of collaboration through an experimental combination of masterpieces together in one video using motion capture from professional dancers, and watercolor and oils suspensions reactions.

From Rama, "I wanted to create a visual allegory for the creative process through collaboration. The piece is told through the choreography of two beings that discover each other, dance together to create, collide in a moment of conflict, then find their way through the conflict to become even stronger partners once again." 

The goal was to use 'traditional' human input to define much of the animation of the piece. The dancer animations are all from mocap of two dancers the team worked with. The typography is all hand painted and then re-interpreted in 3D. Much of the 'effects' and textures are built from experiments shot with various inks and pigments. 

Art Director Chris Palazzo describes the design process: "The roots of the work are in the live liquid-light shows pioneered in the 1960's. I experimented with different chemical and visual reactions using vials, petri dishes and eye-droppers. We found some beautifully violent, oozy, primordial combinations. By the end of it I felt like an alchemist or a mad scientist."

Go ahead… watch it again. You'll discover something new each time!



  • Design & Animation Studio: Mill+
    Director: Rama Allen
    Art Director: Christopher Palazzo
    Executive Producer: Danielle Amaral
    Producer: Tia Perkins
    Director of Photography: Adam Carboni

    Soundscapes: Fall On Your Sword
    Music: Darkness Falls


  • Editing Company: The Mill
  • Editor: Charlotte Carr

Post-Production / VFX

  • Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
  • Executive Producer: Danielle Amaral
  • VFX Producer: Jason Bartnett
  • Pre-Viz: Navdeep Singh
    Colorist: Michael Rossiter
    Coordinator: Georgina Castle


  • Technical Director: Andreas Berner
    Lead Designer: Yossanun Sangpattharamatee
    Particle Designer: Gabriel Pulecio
    Designers: Yossanun Sangpattharamatee, Gabriel Pulecio, Christopher Palazzo, Viraj Ajmeri
    Typography Design: Christopher Palazzo
    Animation & Compositing: Gabriel Pulecio, Viraj Ajmeri, Anthony Dodero, Lloyd Alvarez, Dave Rogers, Ashley Tyas, Justin Bakies, York Capistrano, Yossanun Sangpattharamatee, Christopher Palazzo

    Matt Cornelius, Steve Gehrhardt, Joseph Kerkovich, Raymond Martinez

    Choreography: Ayo Jackson
    Performance: Leonides Arpon, Ayo Jackson

    Special Thanks:
    Heather Fullerton
    Boo Wong
    Eduard Dimasov
    Joseph Hodgson
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