My Active Driveway Creates Reactive Animations for Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball Hosted by Alicia Keys and Whoopi Goldberg

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Last week, the team at My Active Driveway (MAD) joined Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt, Oprah Winfrey and other celebrity philanthropists for the Black Ball, a charity fundraiser organized by HIV/AIDS non-profit Keep a Child Alive (KCA). MAD contributed to a fully integrated show-wide experience for the event, delivering a series of luminescent visualizations, an animated title sequence and a unique interactive design solution allowing event organizers to track the evening’s donations in real time.

“Working with KCA year after year is a tremendous opportunity to give a voice to the plight of those affected by HIV/AIDS throughout the world,” noted MAD EP Jonny Fego. “It really means a lot to everyone at MAD to be able to give back to an organization that creates real change in communities. This annual ball is a celebration of life, a positive and uplifting experience that we are proud to be a part of.”

To communicate this year’s themes of connectivity and the empowerment of women, the MAD team created reactive visualizations that evolved as donations poured in during the show. At the start of the evening, these projections consisted of tiny motes of energy cast in a simple black and white color palette, each point of light representing an individual or community. As show organizers input the event’s proceeds into MAD’s custom interface, those lights grew into a vast kinetic kaleidoscope connected by countless geometric lines, eventually arranging themselves into a vibrant globe displaying the record-breaking $2.9 million raised to help Keep a Child Alive.

“We wanted to visualize the concept of connectivity and to show how something large is built from each small donation,” explained MAD CD Andrea Scaglione. “The images are designed to make people feel integrated into the experience, so they can feel that their presence and energy is affecting the greater cause. We hope to draw them back to future Black Balls by creating a dynamic and engaging experience that reinforces the power of giving.”

Last week’s event marked the fifth consecutive year in which MAD has contributed their services to the Black Ball. During that time, the design-based production company has grown into a strategic and creative partner to KCA – collaborating with KCA CD Earle Sebastian to ensure a cohesive overall experience and working closely with the evening’s lighting and sound designers.

“Each year, we try to push the envelope more,” Scaglione continued. “We’re at a very exciting point in the history of motion graphics. As things grow more reactive and interactive and come off the screen and into the real world, there’s a whole new breadth to what we can do.”


Client: Keep A Child Alive
Creative Director: Earle Sebastian
Creative Producer: Natalie Galzaka

Digital/VFX Co.: My Active Driveway
Executive Creative Director: Steve Choo
Associate Creative Director: Andrea Scaglione
Executive Producer: John Fego
Producer: Lauren Gordon

Designer: Yilin Bai
Animators: Kevin Kim, Taylor Cook, Han Gyeol Lyu, Dongwook Kwon

Lead Developer: Will Adams

Music and Sound Design Co.: Q Department

About My Active Driveway:

My Active Driveway is a design-based production company in NYC.

MAD partners with agencies & brands to create award winning content and campaigns. MAD is a team of directors, designers, animators and vfx artists who tell compelling visual stories. They’re invigorated by technical challenges and nimble to the ever-changing schedules of the industry while maintaining creative integrity.

Servicing commercial, broadcast, feature film, games and interactive clients, as well as collaborations with musicians and fine artists. MAD resides in a client-friendly facility, a 6,000 square foot loft in SoHo NYC offering design, animation, editorial, and finishing suites.

Specialties: Design, Animation, Film, Motion Graphics, VFX, Creative Direction, CGI, Production, Special Effects, Compositing \\\



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