We were approached by the production company in order to create a new mascot for Norweigian mobile network company, Telia. The client had already decided the new character's name (Terje Johnsen) as well as his potential persona - a cool 70's inspired man. Our task was to provide a visual design solution for Terje and construct the final puppets.
Working in communication with the director, Aksel Hennie, we first created a series of 2D digital sketches to hone in on the aesthetic and facial features to grasp the character identity most relevant to the client's expectation . Many variations were produced, but in the end we aimed for a silver haired guy with prominent moustache and defining eyebrows.
The next challenge was to built two of these characters in 3D puppet form... in just 6 days! Our team worked hard to fabricate both characters, including manufacturing a moving eyebrow mechanism for each puppet. We were very pleased with the result and both puppets flew off on time to Norway, ready for filming to commence.