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Emily Lay

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Animation Case Study: UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards

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We are lucky enough to get to produce all sorts of work for all sorts of causes around the world. Every so often we get to work on a project which really hits us and reminds us just how powerful the medium we work with is. Our latest work for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards is just such a project.

The UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards, recognise individuals, groups and organisations who have gone above and beyond to protect refugees, displaced and stateless people.

Live action profiles were usually played at the awards to celebrate each winner, however due to the challenges of filming during Covid-19 the UNHCR approached us to help produce impactful films in a Covid friendly way.

Using a combination of live action, documentary footage and animation we were able share the journeys and incredible achievements of each of this year's inspirational winners. 

 

"[Casual] did everything perfectly. It was a very easy, smooth process. Because of the nature of the work, I wasn’t expecting it to be so easy. I can’t sing their high praises highly enough."

- Will Davies, Producer for UNHCR

 

The team at Casual developed a style and created bespoke characters for each of the awardees.  These were then animated, transporting viewers to the challenges that had been faced by the winners and refugee communities.  This was later combined with UNHCR footage which had been shot by local crews and edited by the team at Casual to show the reality of the winners' achievements. 

 

This year five inspirational women have awarded the honour, they are:

Mayerlín Vergara Pérez 

The Nansen Refugee Award Laureate, who frees children from the bonds of sexual exploitation:


Tetiana Barantisova 

 

The Europe regional winner, who led thousands of refugees to safety and helped displaced Ukrainians living with disabilities find support and security: 

 


Rozma Ghafouri 

 

The Asia Regional winner, who has transformed Afghan children's lives through sport.

 


Sabuni-Françoise Chikunda 

 

The Africa regional winner, who overcame personal trauma to champion other refugee women in the Uganda:


Dr Rana Dajani 

The Middle East and North Africa regional winner, who created the ‘We Love Reading’ program that has inspired and empowered thousands of refugee children:


The films were streamed online at a special ceremony on Monday the 5th of October and are currently displayed on the UNHCR website.  Social edits are regularly shared across Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. 

 

"Right at the end of the project, we had to completely change the language of one of the films from Russian to Ukrainian. They were able to do that and turn it around really quickly. They were very good about cost as well. They never tried to charge extra. They stuck to budget very well."

- Will Davies, Producer for UNHCR

 

It was a privilege for the team at Casual to tell the stories of these amazing women. To find out more about each of each of the winners you can visit the UNHCR Nansen awards here.  

 


If you'd like to learn more about Animation at Casual Films you can check out this post also by Emily:

Animation NOW AND THE FUTURE


Or, if you want to speak to Emily or any of our excellent Executive Producers, you can drop us some details here and we'll get back in touch.

 

Topics: Animation, Purpose driven video, Case Study, Coronavirus Content, Events

Animation for now – and the future...

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In the face of challenges posed by Covid-19, production companies are evolving rapidly in order to continue making effective content in a way which is also safe.  One medium which is largely unaffected by the recent challenges is animation.  

Animation has the power to be the most agile and future proof piece of communication in your armoury. 

When working with animation, we are not bound by what was shot on the day - animation is infinitely editable.  With the knowledge your messaging may need to change in days, weeks or months, you can create an animation in a style that can be updated with minimal impact. This means your content can remain current and relevant without producing additional media.  

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When you create animation, you get much more than a final film. The process generates artwork that can be used as part of a wider campaign to create stills and banners. Cut downs and looping gifs can be used on social, so you can keep sharing your message without posting the same content.

Animation can work for all industries. It can show the past, the present and the future. It can take you to corners you can’t reach with a camera – you can even go to places that don’t exist.  

Your content can be full of character, whether it’s abstract or type based. You can show complex data in a way that is much more engaging than a spreadsheet or slide, and more interesting than a long list of guidelines in email. You can be thought-provoking, emotive, humorous or serious.  

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Animation can be anything you want it to be in a time when options may feel otherwise limited.

Casual have been working on a range of solutions beyond our traditional animation offering to quickly and safely create content in our ever-evolving environment.


If this is something you are interested in and would like to learn more, please contact one of our executive producers.

Topics: Production process, Animation, How-to, Coronavirus Content

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