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NIHONTO: ENTER THE SWORDSMITH

Black Math partnered with Iron & Air Magazine and Suzuki to create an Akira-inspired animation for their newly-released Katana 2020 motorcycle. I had the privilege to work with an amazing team to create an anime-esque neo-Tokyo aesthetic for the piece. I came up with the initial style direction then worked closely with Celia Hsu and Steve Madden to develop the final style. Below are select styleframes and initial storyboards I created.

 

You can check out the full animation here, print magazines here, and the BTS here!
 

Role: Storyboard, Design, Art Direction
Year: 2020

STYLEFRAMES
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INITIAL STORYBOARDS/SKETCHES
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CREDITS

Client: Iron & Air

Production: Black Math

 

Creative Direction: Louie Jannetty, Jeremy Sahlman
 

Art Direction: Adabelle Tan, Celia Hsu, Steve Madden

Storyboard: Adabelle Tan, Kory Demers

Design: Adabelle Tan, Celia Hsu, Kory Demers
 

Animation: Steve Madden, Kory Demers, Celia Hsu, Jane Winters, Champ Panupong, Zeyu Ren


Editor: Noah Canavan

Music: Carpenter Brut

 

Sound: Kate Siefker
 


© Black Math
 

Copyright © 2020 Adabelle Tan. Please do not use or reproduce any content without the expressed consent of Adabelle Tan.