Following the story of urban hermit and his childhood friend’s road trip through the American heartland, the independent feature film, SPEEDWAGON, delves into the true meaning of family, loneliness and why astronauts make horrible imaginary friends. Recess Creative was asked to create the film’s dreamy animated sequences, which were designed and crafted in-house by Recess’s own AJ Jimenez.
One of the key moments in the film is the “Showman’s Rest” animation sequence.
We needed to find a way to efficiently and poignantly create an animated scene to help tell a larger-than-real-life story.
What if we found a way to mesh the film’s off-the-wall storytelling with a distinctive proto-futuristic style?
From the outset, we found the best strategy was to look forward by looking to animation’s storied past. United Productions of America (UPA) was an animation production house active from the 1940s through the 1970s. The UPA style became a bellwether for other, more famous animation houses. We looked to them for inspiration. First, we hand drew all of the characters. Then, we digitally rendered them and created the background and set elements. Finally, we animated the entire sequence and synced the final product to the actors’ voice performances. The finished sequence blends classic styles, digital production techniques and a unique storytelling style.