These animations were produced for a study looking into the effect of anthropomorphism on the audience's ability to empathise. Both characters were animated to portray the same three emotions; Happiness, Sadness and Anger. Participants were then asked a series of questions to determine the level of emotional connection they had with each character.
The study revealed that older audience members found it much easier to share and understand the emotions of the human character and younger, female participants had the strongest connection with the elephant character.
Both characters were modelled, rigged, textured, animated, lit and rendered by me. The entire project took four months to produce.