Tapping into current events, Hue&Cry, the award-winning animation studio led by Creative Director Matt Darnall and Executive Producer Scott Friske, have worked its animated artistry on a new campaign targeting viewers for MSNBC’s nightly news program All in with Chris Hayes.
The Emmy Award-winning show committed to in-depth reporting on the nation’s biggest news and political stories of the day covers everything from American trade, debate news, and more.
Created and developed by McKinney, Keep Up With What Matters, Keep Up With Chris features news anchor and political commentator Chris Hayes in :30 and :15 spots touting his popular TV show and Why Is This Happening? podcast.
Behind The Scenes
Supporting Darnall’s task force on the project at Hue&Cry were designers Angie Son, Diego Abad, and Lauren Cash and animators Travis Schmidt, Reza Iman, and Zack Williams.
With a world on high-alert over the past year, the spots’ skillful construction utilized the naturally vibrant color red paired with distinctive line-drawn animation.
The cel-animated scenes delicately and deftly reflect everyday events that rocked the news cycle and remained on the forefront of minds in households worldwide over the course of 2020 and into 2021: American elections, politics, education, healthcare, culture & social issues, and the state of the economy.
On creating the project, Hue&Cry Creative Director Matt Darnall shares, “This project was our second foray into making something for Chris and his show. The first round, we made a couple that were shorter format and purely cel animation. This time, the team came with an action-packed script for a :30 – upping the ante! We at Hue&Cry are ‘all in’ with Chris Hayes, so we were excited to work on it.”
Beyond the spots being lengthier, for Darnall, the creative challenge was determining how to approach the campaign’s more complex scenes. “Chris’ show is all about making sense of the current events happening in the world, and as we all know – 2020 was pretty chaotic.”
On the technical aspects of the project, Darnall notes, “The beauty of cel animation is that technically, there’s usually not much ‘technical’ about it. It’s just one drawing after another, sequenced in a manner to create a moving picture. That relative simplicity leaves little corners to be cut.”
He adds, “When you have over a dozen objects orbiting in a vortex, slowly rotating in a seven second shot, it requires hundreds and hundreds of drawings, and it can get quite complex and well…technical. To be honest, it’s kind of insane. It’s crazy, but we love it and we really enjoyed doing it for these MSNBC spots.”
Hue&Cry’s campaign for the show can currently be seen across all MSNBC and NBC properties on television as well as online. “All In With Chris Hayes” airs weeknights at 8PM ET.
- Group Creative Director: Jenny Nicholson, Will Chambliss
- Associate Creative Director: Kathryn Moffitt
- Integrated Business, Talent & Traffic Affairs: Miriam Hughes
- Producer: Nick Brenton, Brad Powell, Naomi Newman
- Production Coordinator: Ben Bouxsein
- Executive Producer: Scott Friske
- Head of Production: Jeff Bybee
- Senior Producer: Bethany Novak
- Associate Producer: Cloie Leger
- Junior Producer: Phebe Martin
- Creative Director: Matt Darnall
- Art Director: Angie Son, Luis Roca
- Designers: Angie Son, Diego Abad, Lauren Cash
- Animators: Travis Schmidt, Reza Iman, Zack Williams, Lauren Cash
- Technical Director: Ryan Musselman
- Editor: Danny Reidy
- Flame Artist: Renee Tym
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On Camera Talent: Chris Hayes