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nexus originals

Working with multidisciplinary skills in animation, live-action and interactive media, Nexus Originals develops family and kid friendly narrative experiences across TV, film and digital.

Be it handmade or high-tech, we have over 20 years experience of bringing together globally acclaimed directors, coders, technical directors and producers to create and develop feature films, TV series, shorts, commercials, interactive, VR and AR projects. 

Feature Films

We received a BFI Vision Award for feature film development, in partnership with producer Claire Jennings, and are working on a slate of both original and adapted long form projects.

TV Projects & Specials

In 2016, Amazon Studios commissioned to pilot an original project of ours called JazzDuck , an animated show that encourages preschoolers to listen and express themselves as they explore the sounds and musical potential of their world.

Invade All Of The Humans is an animated series of comedy shorts aimed at 6-9 year olds that we also completed in 2016 for Disney TV Animation.

Another commission came from BBC Bitesize who asked us to create nine short animated films to help 14-16 year-old GCSE students get through their revision.

We also delivered 78 episodes of episodic design commissioned by ABC / Netflix / CBBC for the hit show Kazoops. The show was produced at Cheeky Little in Australia in partnership with our Australian studio Mighty Nice.

We are currently developing a slate of further original and adapted concepts for TV series and specials.

Short Form

We were commissioned by Channel 4’s Random Acts to produce 3 short films. Nicolas Menard’s Wednesday With Goddard won Best Short Film at SXSW 2017 and was present at various high profile film festivals, and George Wu’s Chickens screened at the 2017 Edinburgh Film Festival. A third short film by Johnny Kelly will premiere later this year.

We also co-produced and co-wrote Kibwe Tavares’ modern fairy tale, Robot & Scarecrow, which premiered on VERO this year, and were involved in FX Goby’s Oscar-qualifying short film, To Build A Fire.

Other notable short films include LIAF winner In The Air With Christopher Gray by Felix Massie, and Oscar-nominated This Way Up by Smith & Foulkes.

Digital, Interactive, AR & VR

Commisioned by Magic Light Pictures and in partnership with Foresty Commision England, Nexus Studios developed and produced The Gruffalo Spotter, an augmented reality app that invites families to follow a trail of clues, tracking footprints of their favourite characters from the famous Julia Donaldson property. It was the #1 Kids app on Apple's App Store when it launched earlier this year.

Rain or Shine is our Annie-nominated 360° mobile VR short film that Felix Massie directed. The short was commissioned by the Oscar nominated team from Google's Spotlight Stories.

The Radio Jones storybook app by Oscar nominated directors Smith & Foulkes received a MEDIA grant from Creative Europe and was released worldwide in 2016.

Wilderness Wiggle, based on our original arts installation Woodland Wiggle at the Royal London Hospital, launched at the Alaska Native Medical Center earlier this year. The installation allows children to enter into a storybook, illustrated world of Alaskan environments as the seasons change.

FutureVille is a multi-player game commissioned by The Science Museum designed to inspire young people to think creatively about a career in engineering.

The BBC micro:bit is a mini-computer designed in partnership by Samsung and the BBC with the goal of encouraging children to get into coding. We designed Samsung’s team micro:bit, a group of digital characters who guide new coders through each Samsung micro:bit project.

We are working with a variety of talent to develop a slate of original animated concepts for VR and AR.

Multi-Platform Storyworlds

We work with the world’s best designers and artists to create captivating characters and storyworlds such as the delightful Mr Kat created by Jaime Alvarez. His most recent short film, The Enlightment of Cosmic Panda, premiered online this year.

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