Angels and Ghosts

Client: Wowbagger Productions & The Wellcome Trust

Based on a true story, our award-winning short Angels and Ghosts tells the true emotive tale of Amber, a young woman who is on a quest to find her brothers who have disappeared. Narrated by Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton, the adventure explores the potent themes of mental health and family bonds, revealing what it’s like to have a family member affected by psychosis.

Director Sara Kenney has first-hand experience of knowing people who have had psychotic episodes and wanted to tell a story which reflects both the patient and family perspective.  Funded by The Wellcome Trust and created in association with Wowbagger Productions, we designed, storyboarded and animated Sara's passionate script.  We also designed and built a website and marketing materials to engage and encourage the audience to learn more about the issues raised by the film.

Written & Directed by:      Sara Kenney
Narration: Samantha Morton
Art Direction: Graham Carter
Animation Direction: Simon Armstrong
Project Production: Duncan Copp
Animation Production: Samantha Armstrong
Website: Stephen Elford

  • Animation
  • Design
  • Logo, Poster and Marketing Design
  • Editing
  • Production
  • Web Site
  • Virals


This scene is the climatic point of Amber's journey, embodying her frustration and helplessness.
It needed to visualise forces out of Amber's control, i.e. Nature and therefore her brothers' affliction.

We created a Foreboding Forest, where the tree vines morphed, twisted and grew into DNA strands
that whipped, lashed and attacked. Amber and the robot are the embodiment of Nurture - fighting
Nature [ the Forest ] to control what Amber wishes desperately she can overcome.

Throughout the film - we used fully textured and detailed 3D models built and lit in Maya for the main
focus / characters.  The environments were added later in aftereffects, with final grading.
The process itself became a figurative representation of how we can feel disconnected from our
environments and not always a part of it.


Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. 

If you or someone you know may be suffering - please don't suffer in silence.
Find help [ such as ] and above all - talk to those closest to you. 

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