After its resounding success on Annie, Arcane became an Emmy nominee for its compelling story and illustrative animation style.
Netflix’s Arcane, based on Riot Games’ popular MOBA video game League of Legends, became the season’s best-known animated series after swept away the Annie Awards. It bodes well for an Emmy, thanks to the compelling story and engaging illustration style of Paris-based animation studio Fortiche.
Christian co-created the series with fellow veteran and executive producer Alex Yee.
The secret to their success was that the dystopian series was built around a rivalry between badass sisters Jinx (Ella Purnell) and Vi (Hailee Steinfeld), who are part of a war between the prosperous city of Piltover and the oppressed city of Zaun.
For animation, the creators turned to the company Fortiche, which has already managed to distinguish itself with cinematic clips and music videos for the Riot game, specializing in cool 2D effects. But the demands of the ambitious nine-episode series required a significant increase in pace while staying true to the organic-looking aesthetic. However, it was so successful that Riot recently co-owned the animation studio that is working on the second season.
While Riot set the style for the creation of the world (Piltover’s light and mechanical art deco vibe versus Zaun’s dark, phosphorescent look), Fortiche created a mixture of expertly textured 3D characters and hand-drawn digital backgrounds. They continued to use 2D effects in the fight scenes and created different animation styles to portray them.
According to Linke, Fortiche was always trying to keep up with imperfections: scratches or smears on the lens during an explosion, or a flicker of strange-looking action.
This included conveying Jinx’s manic mental state through effects such as “glitching” and “film scratches” (the effect forms horizontal lines of film damage – approx. transl.), which were then scanned into a computer.
Netflix has submitted a key sixth episode, “When These Walls Are Falling Down,” in which Jinx reaches the point of no return and her violent tendencies are unleashed, to the Emmys.
Monoury perceived Jinx as a traumatized child with insecure body language and a desire to prove something. At the same time, she lost all sympathy for people.
The fight at the end of the episode contained more dynamic camera moves than any other.
Expect Jinx’s exploration to continue in Season 2:
More translations of various interviews about Riot, Fortish and Arcane in the VK group:
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