"The Mystery of Meetings"

Bluescape collaborated with a team from the award-winning animation production company Titmouse to explore what’s really going on behind the screens of video meetings. Watch the short, or scroll to learn more about the project.
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Meet the Animators (4)

Matt Taylor

Animation Director Additional credits: Metalocalypse, Rick and Morty: Exquisite Corpse, Fairfax
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Mari Jaye Blanchard

Animator Additional credits: Sesame Street, Swing, SpongeBob SquarePants 360
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Jeremy Polgar

Animator Additional credits: Thundercats Roar, Centaurworld, AREA21
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Sander Joon

Animator Additional credits: Velodrool, Moulinet, Sounds Good, Sierra
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Dante Buford

Animator Additional credits: Metalocalypse, Moonbeam City, Star Trek: Lower Decks
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Otto Tang

Animator Additional credits: Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, By the Stream, Kinderwood
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Roundtable with the animators

Learn what inspired each artist's segment and peek into the creative process behind the short. Hear from all 6 animators and the producer!

About the project

The assignment was based on the core mystery of all video meetings: since you’re not in the same room as your team, you never really know what they’re thinking, what’s going on around them, or how they’re absorbing what you’re saying. Each animator was given 15 seconds within the short to explore the mysterious places people go during meetings.
What inspired the short

Collab'ing in Bluescape

Developing the short required this fully remote team to be on video meetings—just like their avatars. Rather than sit idly in boxes, they met and collaborated in Bluescape. The team preferred having a freeform space to work in where they could visualize the project, share art, inspire each other, and break from the constraints of typical video meetings.
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Behind the screens

"The Mystery of Meetings" allowed the team a great deal of artistic freedom. Director Matt Taylor encouraged each animator to express their own style and interpret the assignment in their own way. Like the Rick and Morty Exquisite Corpse Matt directed in 2017, "The Mystery" was a well-coordinated dance and the team pulled it off beautifully.
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