Napoleon Creative are a specialist animation studio based in London. We offer a range of animation services to our clients, from character animation to motion graphics and 3D. Each is a different discipline but over the years we’ve worked out which combination to use for each project.

Character Animation

If you’re looking to really show your customers how they can use your product, creating a character-led animation can really work. This example was a train-related tight deadline video, illustrating out it can help passengers get the best seats for the best price. This was used as a bid video.

Motion Graphics

If you’re trying to sell a services, particularly fin tech or software, then motion graphics can help. Take this fintech explainer video we made for HQLAx explains quickly and simply the benefits of their offering.

3D Animation

If you’re really looking to bring a product to life, then 3D is a great way to give you freedom. For Sifam Meters we created an Apple style animation  by recreating their metres in 3D and letting them come to life!

Animation Services

We’re a London-based animation studio and we serve clients all of the world. If you’re interested in hiring us for your next animation video project then please get in touch today.

Animation Video FAQs

When clients come to us asking us to create an animation video, there tends to be similar questions asked, so we've added the most frequently asked questions about our animation videos below. If you have any other questions about our animation video production service, or our video production services more generally, then please get in touch and we'd be happy talk about your project.

Do you help with the script?

Yes! Clients come to us at different stages in the process. Some have an idea of what they want to say, others have a full script already written. We always go through it with them to check that the script for the animation as lean as possible, giving a really strong message with a call to action. We also make sure it’s a visual script. By that, we mean we tell the story with picture rather than words wherever possible.

What kind of animation do you suggest?

This really depends on your audience, and your company’s tone of voice. Characters can be realistic, or they can be stylised and cartoony. We work with you to find out whether a little humour will be more fun, or we need a more realistic approach.

Who provides the voice?

We use a range of voice over artists, and we have people with all accents on our books. We’ve used English, Spanish, German, Swedish, Russian and Chinese speaking people on our aniations! We always use a ‘native’ speaker - ie someone who either grew up in that area, or has spend 5+ years living there. We don’t want any Allo Allo style accents!

How long does the animation take?

This largely depends on how much time you have to devote to the project, and when you need it by. We’ll make sure we pick a style that will be executable within your budget and preferred time frame. For more information, see this post on 'how long does animation take?’.

How many people does it take to make an animation?

We start with a copywriter who writes the script. Then we bring on the illustrators who create the images. Animators bring it together, then sound engineers create the sounds to go with it. For more information, read about 'tight deadline animation'.

Our Animation Video Service

Our animation video service follows a 6 step process from preproduction all the way through to delivery of your completed animation video.

Preproduction

In this step we start by doing some research about the project, so we know more about it, based on information you’ve given to us, and also our own investigations. We work with you to create a script, often starting with a Discovery Deck workshop.

Storyboard and Moodboard

We create a storyboard, which is a series of sketches that show you the action. We also create a moodboard that shows you how the animation will look.

Animatic

At this stage we’ll add the storyboard frames to a timeline and begin to make them move, so you can see how your film will flow. We’ll record a dummy voice over in the studio, so you can see how the project will work in principle.

Working Cut

Here we will start to have more complex animation starting to take shape, and you'll really let us know what you think. Individual scenes will start flowing together.

Final Cut

The animation is now finished, and we record the voice over once the script is signed off. We do a sound mix so the different voices are balanced, and we add sound effects to bring it to life, because if you can’t hear it you can’t see it!

Delivery

We then send you the end video files of the film. We can also provide a file for adding subtitles, and a version with subtitles burnt into the video.

Why Choose Napoleon Creative

Here are some great reasons why we think you should choose our team to film your animation video:

We’ve created hundreds of hours of animations over the last ten years, each one different.

We’ve worked in so many different styles of animation video, from simple line animation videos to time lapse drawing animation videos.

We have our trademarked Discover Deck workshop to help you make sure you’re really honed your marketing message.

We balance the creativity of sketching and animating with our streamlined, structured production process so that we make your animation quickly.

We use a really great online review software which makes it simple for you to leave comments to help us progress.

We know the value of making sure the voice over is just right, and the video is supported by great sound effects. They can really bring the project alive.

We have a strict archiving system, which means if you need to update the animation you can.

At Napoleon Creative there are no Account Handlers or PA firewalls.

When you contact us you'll get straight through to our Creative Director, Gavin Ricketts.