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Big Beasts: Last of the Giants

Graphic Design

Patrick Aryee checks out the biggest animals on Earth as he reveals why size matters in the natural world. Moonraker created the visual effects, graphic design and animation for this 3 part series for Sky.

The series styling was designed to work in tandem with the editorial direction. To achieve this, we designed and created an antiquarian bible of ancient beasts. This created an atmospheric feel for the shots and provided a canvas on which to show off the amazing anatomical detail of the beast.  Human details were incorporated to make the sheer scale of these ancient animals tangible. The Megalodon was able to open its mouth to a 4ft gape!

We started with beautiful illustrations of the beasts from talented artist Roman Uchytel. We rotoscoped and graded the images to bed them into our bespoke ancient parchment texture and then rigged the images to allow us to create subtle animation to bring the animals to life. An additional layer of lighting and particle effects were added to bring the book further to life.

Key Credits

Broadcaster: Sky One
Production Company: Offspring Films
Executive Producer: Alex Williamson
Producer/Director: Simon Muriel
Series Producer: Sam Hodgson
Illustrator: Roman Uchytel
VFX Lead Designer: Graham Watts
VFX Executive Producer: Jon Grafton
VFX Producer: Emma Kolasinska