Ultimate Showdown Between Elephant and Giraffe for Scarce Water in WWF Campaign
Cirkus performs an Astonishing Animal Wrangling Act for WWF.
Freshwater is the source of life. It’s what makes Earth unique in the known universe. It’s also a resource under threat. Just 3% of water on the planet is fresh water and only about 1% is readily available for human use, making it precious.
The one-two punch of global population growth and climate change means we must be innovative and committed when it comes to water management and conservation.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, is working to protect fresh water ecosystems and improve water access, efficiency, and allocation for people and the environment. Those coming together to make up an essential component for saving most of WWF’s priority of places and species, and reducing the impact of humanity’s water footprint.
With the above in mind, Human Cannonball Romain Borrel came up with this simple but poignant storyline of an elephant and giraffe fighting over a bottle of water in the African heat. In true Cirkus spirit, the animals contort themselves and each other to get a drink, though there is no clear winner. Then again, with your support they might just be helped!
All animation departments at the Bigtop were asked to push the envelope to bring this spectacle and the animals to life.
A special thank you goes out to Wildlight Safari’s Dean Fitzpatrick who filmed the background plates at Namibia’s Pelican Point – home of the desert elephant, the oldest desert and the second driest place in the world! We would also like to give a BIG shout out to The Sound Room for the film’s sound design and music.
So please show your appreciation for this film and it’s cause, and donate to WWF today!
A standing ovation for:
Cirkus Team Director: Romain Borrel Modeling & Texturing: Mahesh Dammoju, James Turnbull, Jonathan Paccou, Fredrick Ueberle and Merith de Haas Rigging: Richard Maegaki and Shuo (Tim) Liu Particle Animation: Chris Lyne, Christian Greet Animation: Jester Joon Seok Yoon, Shuo (Tim) Liu, Karl Davis Lighting and Rendering; James Turnbull and Chris Lyne Producer: Marko Klijn Account Management: Meta Bindinga Sound Design: Marshall Smith and Tom Fox at The Sound Room Live action background plates: Patricia Ko and Dean Fitzpatrick of Wildlight Safaris.
WWF: Richard Lee, Communications manager for WWF’s global Freshwater Practice Bonnie Chia, Head of Brand at WWF International