Gilead Sciences

Research Scholars Program

It's not often that you get to work with people who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place, but when WE Communications and their clients at Gilead approached us to create videos highlighting the latest recipients of their Research Scholars Program grant, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to do our part.

Gilead's Research Scholars Program honors scientists who have made remarkable contributions to the world in research science. With the three recipients chosen, we began to craft a video for each of them that illustrated their passions, motivations, and accomplishments. We built out storyboards based on the voice over script, then began illustrating portraits of each character and certain keyframes. Blending 2D character animation with motion graphics, their stories came to life in a sophisticated, but sleek, style with smooth transitions. Using animation gave us the opportunity to tell their story more broadly than if we shot live action segments.

As it is within science itself, accuracy was of utmost important. We worked closely with our partners at WE and Gilead to ensure that all scientific instruments and treatments shown in the videos were consistent to their real world applications. Another important aspect of these videos was authenticity. When telling deeply personal stories, we believe it's always better to hear it first hand, which is why we used voice over from the recipients themselves. This heightened even the most emotional of moments in the animation.

Creating these videos was deeply personal to us, and we're thrilled to have played a part in highlighting Dr. Jennifer Downs, Dr. Takahiro Kodama, and Dr. Steven Chan.

Award Category

Discovering New Possibilities

Discovering New Possibilities
2D Animation, Character Animation, Motion Design

Using 2D Character Animation and Motion Graphics, we collaborated with Gilead Sciences to create Discovering New Possibilities for Gilead's Research Scholars Program. We were tasked with designing the overall look of this video series and features digitally hand-drawn animation.

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Transforming Patient Care

Transforming Patient Care
2D Animation, Character Animation, Motion Design

Using 2D Character Animation and Motion Graphics, we collaborated with Gilead Sciences to create Transforming Patient Care for Gilead's Research Scholars Program. We were tasked with designing the overall look of this video series and features digitally hand-drawn animation.

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Advancing Science Together

Advancing Science Together
2D Animation, Character Animation, Motion Design

Using 2D Character Animation and Motion Graphics, we collaborated with Gilead Sciences to create Advancing Science Together for Gilead's Research Scholars Program. We were tasked with designing the overall look of this video series and features digitally hand-drawn animation.

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2D Animation, Character Animation, Motion Design

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2D Animation, Character Animation, Motion Design

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2D Animation, Character Animation, Motion Design

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Credits

Amazing people who contributed to this project

Discovering New Possibilities, Transforming Patient Care, and Advancing Science Together
Client: Gilead Sciences
Agency: WE Communications
Studio: Deep Sky
Producer: Jared Hobbs & James Horn
Creative Director: Barret Thomson
Production Manager: Gaby Breiter
Character Design: Sandra Lanz & Kristian Duffy
Storyboards: Barret Thomson, Gaby Breiter & Lykke Dalum
Background Art: Barret Thomson, Kristian Duffy & Sandra Lanz
Motion Designers: Grant Perdew & Aleks Kostrikin
Animators: Gaby Breiter, Adam DiTerlizzi, Jordan Heard, Sam Neimann, Kyle Rogers, Nick Zweig
Character Rigs: Jordan Heard
Sound Design: Grant Perdew & Aleks Kostrikin

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