BUCK Holiday Gift

2020

What has six animations, four colorways, 1,152 individually carved pieces, and an unnecessarily complicated output process? Our 2020 Holiday Gift!

So uh, what’s this thing I got in the mail?

For this year’s holiday gift, we created and memorialized a series of custom BUCK animations into unique wood-carved art pieces. Each frame is one-of-a-kind, designed and animated by artists here at BUCK and lovingly translated into pine and paint by our friend and collaborator J Bell.

With 48 carvings per ‘animation’, we aimed to make six sequences that would connect our scattered homes and workplaces in space as well as time.

2020 was a heck of a year. Like many others around the world, all of us at BUCK splintered off to our home offices, dandelions to the wind. Despite that separation, as well as all the other challenges 2020 presented, there was still a sense that we are somehow still in this together.

Through the work we create, through our intensely collaborative efforts internally here at Buck and further abroad with our clients, we have created real lasting bonds. We’re not taking meetings from conference rooms, but our bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens.

We wanted to celebrate those bonds in a simple and hopefully beautiful way.

We opened design submissions up to each of our offices, with a simple brief: togetherness.

Some artists took that brief very... metaphorically (looking at you ‘Slice of Life’), a few went abstract, and others very literal. Each of our offices contributed design submissions which were home-juried, then the winners lovingly animated by representatives of the same staff home room.

Each of the six animations were limited to four second loops, each creating 48 unique frames. Each frame was then output with four unique color palettes... leading to a whole bunch of designs that needed to get cut out and hand painted.

Fabrication

The individual frame designs were each output at scale, hand-carved from pine, then hand painted. J sent the above video at one point with the caption “I did this 284 times”. We’re still not sure if that was an accusation.

Partners in Paint

Through jigsaw and hand painting, our collaborators J Bell and Jennifer Maravillas took all 1,152 of these finished frames of animation and brought them into the real world. Infinite thanks to them, as well as the myriad of BUCK artists involved in this process.

Don’t miss the full credits for each piece below the line!

Credits

Series Credits

Executive Producer

Joe Nash

Creative Director

Daniel Oeffinger

Head of Production

Kitty Dillard

Production Coordinator

Dara Ó Cairbre

Jennifer Blackwell

Director of Communications Strategy

Justin Cone

Art Director

Brian Won

Kenesha Sneed

Lucas Brooking

Copywriter

Dave Evans

Series Fabrication

J Bell

Jennifer Maravillas

"Slice of Life"

Design

Carmel Gatchalian

Animation

Gilles Desmadrille

"Lets Work Together"

Design

Joe Brooks

Animation

Dries Van Broeck

"Two Boots"

Design & Animation

Sam Scopellitti

"In Bloom"

Design

Yeojin Shin

Animation

Thea Glad

"Wiggle Worm"

Design

Liz Smith

Animation

Manu Correa Soto

"Dance Floor"

Design

Dries Van Broeck

Animation

Juan Ricardo Hernandez

Branding Credits

Creative Director

Ben Langsfeld

Daniel Oeffinger

Head of Production

Kitty Dillard

Producer

Jamey Kitchens

Production Coordinator

Dara Ó Cairbre

Jennifer Blackwell

Technical Director

Michael Delaney

Creative Technologist

Tayler Johnson

Art Director

Emily Simms

Liron Eldar-Ashkenazi

Design

Trey Holt

Will Burkart

Zuheng Yin

CG Animation

Will Burkart

Zuheng Yin