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2023 ADC Awards - Illustration

The Bridge

Agency Klick Health / Toronto + Jamute / Brazil + LightFarm Studios / Rio de Janeiro

Client PAWS NY


Animation / Single

Annual ID


About the Work

With music by GRAMMY® Award winner musician Lou Reed, “The Bridge” is an animated short film about mental and animal health, inspired by a real life-saving friendship.

Color plays an important role in the narrative of the film. The blue and gray tones are a metaphor for the inner mental states of both characters, as they struggle with depression and loneliness. Conversely, orange is used to represent hope and the road to healing, and first appears in short flashes triggered by the positive interactions they have with each other. “The Bridge” culminates in a fully transformed, bright, orange world reflecting the characters' now positive and hopeful mental states, following their now unbreakable human-animal bond.

Art direction was pivotal in depicting the main characters’ internal mental health struggles. The overall art direction of the film was developed to create a hostile world where our characters feel cramped and unwelcomed in the world they inhabit. The New York City we created is distinctly different from a playful PIXAR-like style. Our characters’ surroundings are distorted and feature gothic-inspired angles. Our main character designs are also distinct from the light-hearted style of PIXAR animated characters. They were created with unusual proportions and edgy, scribbled textures to portray their stress and agony. The main font for the film is heavy and full of empty spaces–another art direction technique we used to help tell the mental health story. The shaky effect on all the characters, objects, and fonts creates an overall sense of instability and a need for resolution.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 45



Klick Health / Toronto

Production Company

LightFarm Studios / Rio de Janeiro

Music / Sound Production Company

Jamute / Brazil

Chief Creative Officer

Rich Levy

Executive Creative Director

Bernardo Romero

Group Creative Director

Amy Fortunato
Andrea Bistany

Communication manager

Amanda Ferguson

Executive Creative Producer

Laura Denham

Marketing & Social Strategy Manager

Brianne Cail

Senior Communications Manager

Marisa McWilliams

Supervising Creative Producer

Jen Martin

SVP, Communications

Sheryl Steinberg

VP, Business Affairs - Creative Production

Tamika Knight

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