The Best Work You May Never See: Blinkink's Joseph Mann Spends "Family Time" With Snap LDN For Purplebricks


Robert Goldrich
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019


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Joseph Mann via Blinkink directed this U.K. spot for real estate firm Purplebricks out of agency Snap LDN. 

The stop-frame animation piece depicts a slice of mundane family life--replete with fidgety toddler, a listless teen, and worn-out parents. Thankfully mom and dad’s experience with Purplebricks helped lighten their load--if only for a brief stretch.

To achieve the authentic feel of everyday household interactions, Mann worked intensively with comedy actors to design the performances in terms of body language, facial expressions and naturally flowing speech intonations.  

The characters were brought to life through intricately crafted animation with scenes built into miniature sets, and populated with painstakingly detailed handmade puppets, clothes and props.


Client Purplebricks Agency Snap LDN Liam Wilson, Matt Hynds, associate creative directors; Catherine Long, producer. Production Blinkink Joseph Mann, director; Joshua Smith, producer; Bart Yates, exec producer; Jack Bingham, production manager; Matthew Day, DP; Andy Biddle, animator; Robin Jackson, animation rigger. Puppetry Sculpt Double Gordon Allen, art director; Sarah Crombie, assistant art director. Postproduction Blinkink Studio Quentin Vien, VFX supervisor; Jen Coatsworth, Rosanna Morley and Alex Halley, postproduction coordinators. Sound Jungle Ben Leeves, audio Color Grade FreeFolk Paul Harrison, colorist.

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