This was one of our most rewarding projects to date. We worked with director Dan Parris to create an animated sequence within his feature-length documentary "Show Me Democracy." We utilized archive photos, 2D and 3D graphics, and camera mapping to bring the history of African Americans in St. Louis to life. Visit www.showmedemocracy.com for more information about the film.
Client: SpeakUp Productions
Directed by Botka Collective
Executive Producer: Dan Parris
Producer: Anna Grace Botka
Creative Direction: Anna Grace Botka
Design: Anna Grace Botka and Jeremy Hamman
2D Animation: Anna Grace Botka and Kevin Botka
Compositing: Kevin Botka
3D Animation: Kevin Botka
Original Music: J.R. (Courtney Orlando)
Sound Design: Kevin Botka
"Kevin and Anna Grace blew our expectations out of the water with the 5 minute animation they did for our documentary, Show Me Democracy. Their vision and execution of the story was may more creative and original than the ideas we brought to them. No matter what audiences think about the film, we always hear 'That animation was incredible. Who made that?' It doesn't hurt that they also have a big heart for causes that matter. Look forward to working with them on future projects!"
Dan Parris
Director, Speak Up Productions
St. Louis, MO
Challenge
Documentary filmmaker Dan Parris approached us to create a four and a half animated sequence for his feature length documentary 'Show Me Democracy.' We were tasked with retelling the history of African American in Missouri from the Civil War to the present.
Solution
Working closely with the director for the story, we dug into the research phase and found many archive photos to help visualize the history. We used a gritty collage style to combine all of the elements together to try to clearly communicate the complex issues. Dan was incredibly happy with what we created for him and the audience was moved at the premiere and told us that this represented their history and experience well.
Approach
Archive photos, graphical maps and charts and projection mapping techniques bring to life this somber history.

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