The Gift of Life

The Manila-based advertising agency TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno has teamed up with Revolver Studios in the city to create an extremely touching promo for the children's charity Manikako. The charity has projects which teach less fortunate Filipino children doll-making skills so that not only can they make their own toys, but it also unlocks their creativity. Sponsored by Energizer, the film depicts a robot who falls in love with a doll.

We won't spoil the story for you but Gift of Life will bring a tear to your eye, and it's the powerful emotion in the tale that inspired director A/F Benaza when he received the storyboards from TBWA\SMP. He decided to shoot it as a series of dioramas - still life settings that would tell the story with no words, and no animation. So there was no question of going down a Toy Story-style rendered route.

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