Story is nothing without a way to tell it. Considering Naafiri’s multi-faceted origins and transformation, it was important to us to utilize every method in our animation arsenal. 3D, cell, 2.5D, and even machine learning were used to give life to Naafiri’s story, and each chapter was spearheaded by a different artist to ensure a unique look and feeling. From 3D animation with hand painted illustrative textures to give a grounded feel in the intro, to a “storybook” 2.5D style in the battlefields of her memory. Generative frame analysis tools aided the artists during the more frenetic and surreal moments where Naafiri’s mind is splitting, allowing shots to smear and combine together to better visualize her distorted state of mind and perception all while letting new tech give its own interpretation of our illustrated reality.