Stanislav Yakymenko
Berlin-based digital artist
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League of Legends — LEC 2019

At the beginning of 2019 Riot Games recreated the concept and the identity of LEC, the League of Legends European Championship. 908video were asked to produce a promo for the finals that had the same tonality of the fresh design, to show the new trophy and to build up the hype for the upcoming event.

League of Legends — LEC 2019

 
 

 
 
 

— PROJECT DESCRIPTION

At the beginning of 2019 Riot Games recreated the concept and the identity of LEC, the League of Legends European Championship. 908video were asked to produce a promo for the finals that had the same tonality of the fresh design, to show the new trophy and to build up the hype for the upcoming event. The representation of the actual team champs with some recognizable major elements of the game was one of the main specifications of Riot Games.

 
 
 
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— LOOK DEVELOPMENT

After a short and intensive pitch, we had two major constraints:

  1. We didn’t know who where the finalists and none but five weeks of proper production time.

  2. Not only the teams in our film had to compete in a race, we had also a real race against time.

Not knowing which team will still be in competition at the end of the playoffs, we had to go trough different iterations of the storyboard to accommodate the different possibilities while the games were still played.

So we came up with an animation concept that allowed us to react on the current situation and gave us the freedom to modify the characters accordingly — at the end there can only be one.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

— CREDITS

Client — Riot Games | Producer Riot Games — Margot Le Lorier | Creative director/producer — Stephan Hartmann, 908 | Animation director — Thibaut d’Alton, 908 | Art direction — Agata Malinowska, 908 | Lead 3D artist — Andreas Riesener | 3D artist — Christoph Ott, 908 | Character animation — Hendrik Rost | Compositing — Christoph Hartmann, 908 | 3D modeling — Joshua Koilpillai, Stanislav Yakymenko | Rigging — Gregor Weiss | RnD — Stanislav Yakymenko, 908 | Sound design — Kai von Glasow, 908