THE UTRECHT ARCHIVES: ANIMATED MEDIEVAL TALES
The Utrecht Archives, or "Het Utrechts Archief", had something to celebrate, for their sizable collection of medieval texts had been entirely digitized.
For the occasion, they wanted to highlight three stories from these documents. One about Utrecht being granted to bishop Willibrord, a second one about the craftsmen that built the Dom church, and a final one about the church obtaining a holy relic.
Saints, kings, and craftsmen
I wanted the art style to feel like a modern interpretation of medieval paintings and tapestries. So, I had great fun making the characters look stiff, with awkward poses en gestures.
Each of the three stories is prefaced with a decorated title screen, inspired by the illuminated manuscripts of old. The story behind it is then revealed by diving into the letters - the scenes inside them coming alive.
Backdrops of medieval Utrecht
Keeping with the faux medieval style, the environments the people in the animation live and work in look flat, with unnatural angles and perspectives.