One Boy’s Story Cartoon PSA Wins Two Regional Emmy Awards

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One Boy'€™s Story

One Boy’€™s Story

Blend­ing 3D ani­ma­tion with live action, the pub­lic ser­vice announce­ment One Boy’s Story has won two Emmy awards from the National Acad­emy of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sci­ences, Chicago/Midwest Chapter.

Cre­ated by Mode Project, a Chicago-based design and pro­duc­tion stu­dio, it won for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment for Community/Public Ser­vice (PSAs) and Out­stand­ing Crafts Achieve­ment Off-Air — Graph­ics Arts/Animation/Art Direction/Set Design. The spot was cre­ated for the non-profit orga­ni­za­tion Court Appointed Spe­cial Advo­cates, ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing vol­un­teer advo­cacy for abused and neglected children.

The spot tells the story of a young boy who was aban­doned by his par­ents, but with the help of a CASA vol­un­teer, was adopted into a lov­ing fam­ily. Pre­vi­ously, One Boy’s Story was rec­og­nized with a Sil­ver award for Art Direc­tion & Design in the 2012 Pro­maxBDA North Amer­ica Design competition.

Mode Project was pre­sented with this oppor­tu­nity via design stu­dio Thirst/Chicago on behalf of EPIC (Engag­ing Phil­an­thropy Inspir­ing Cre­atives), an orga­ni­za­tion which helps top-tier cre­ative tal­ent join forces with non­profit clients. “Mode Project totally made Kelly Butler’s script come to life in this incred­i­ble video hybrid that is obvi­ously dig­i­tal, but remark­ably ana­log in spirit. I love this Mode brand of inno­cence!”, said Thirst founder and design direc­tor Rick Valicenti.

As always, the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards were full of extra­or­di­nary projects pro­duced by tal­ented cre­atives with an unpar­al­leled pas­sion for their work,” said Mode Project Pres­i­dent Colin Carter. “Our whole team is incred­i­bly hon­ored by this recog­ni­tion, and we offer our con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the winners.”

These projects demon­strate the diverse capa­bil­i­ties of the stu­dio, which cre­ates orig­i­nal con­tent for an expand­ing client ros­ter that includes global ad agen­cies, non-profits, and major brands such as Gogo, Mar­riott Inter­na­tional, AT&T, United Air­lines and UPS.

The Chicago / Mid­west Emmy awards add to Mode Project’s grow­ing list of indus­try recog­ni­tion, includ­ing Cannes Lions Tita­nium and Inte­grated Grand Prix awards, New York Fes­ti­vals World Medals, and Promax/BDA North Amer­i­can Design Awards.

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