Veteran’s Day – SYFY

The Veteran’s Day – SYFY is a motion graphic’s project about a holiday spot for SyFy/NBC Universal channel to produce a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to our nation’s veterans. The project was produced at State Design, a studio based in Los Angeles.



This motion graphics project is produced at State Design is about a holiday spot for SyFy / NBC Universal channel to produce a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to our nation’s veterans. You can check the video in this link: https://brunaimai.com/portfolio/syfy-veterans-day/

There was a huge challenge in this project: the tight schedule. There were only 5 days to design all scenes, and because the animation deadline was tight too, I had to design a style that would be simple and executable in a short time, yet communicating the gratitude for the veterans and the pride for the American legacy.

The solution I proposed was to put a lot of animation’s effort in bold transitions and keep the layouts with a few simple animations in most of the scenes. I conceptualized the designs, especially the transitions in the theme of “freedom”, and representing it with elements of “air” as you can see in the flight of an eagle, the movement of the flag and leaves being carried by the wind. To emphasize this movement and flow, the illustrations were finished with a broad brush and sketchy edges, making the animation finalization process easier.

For some scenes, in order to do not have to animate a lot of elements in the same scene, I designed frames that portrayed only one element with strong symbolic meaning, like the eagle flying in the middle of the screen or the woman running in the field.

The project follows a color palette based on the United States flag and a yellow light to add warmth tone to the message.


The entire process was done digitally in Photoshop. I received the script from the studio with some images they would like to use – the veterans carrying the flag, the eagle flying and a field of flags, plus some typography references of types and illustrations mixed up.

I started sketching thumbnails studies. I selected the best ones and showed it to the director, who asked for few adjustments. After the adjustments, the storyboard was ready.
Next, I created a styleframe of one scene, the women running on the field, to define the overall style of the video. I set down the color palette in this stage. After approving the style and color with the director and client I finished the rest of the scenes.






The project was aired in SYFY and NBCUniversal channels, and parts of the animation were also used as opening and ending of “Thank you” videos of the channels.
The project won the CHANNEL HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT SPOT category on PromaxDBA 2016, the most important awards in entertainment marketing and design.

This project was a very challenging one, and wouldn’t be possible without the studio’s trust in my work – giving me creative freedom – and would have been impossible without good communication during the project.

Bruna Imai

She was born in Brazil, raised in Switzerland and Japan until the age of 8 when her family returned to Brazil.

Passionate about drawings and visual content, she graduated in graphic design from Unesp (São Paulo State University) at Bauru, São Paulo. There, she worked in different kinds of projects and studios, from manufacturing sustainable products to conceiving a game design, discovering the amazing world we could build when we create and work collectively.

In 2011, at the year of her graduation project, she moved to São Paulo to work at Lobo/Vetor Zero, her first job in the video production field.

There, she worked with some amazingly talented people, contributing on designing for various pitches and film projects, working with different kinds of media including tv and events opening titles, commercials, branding and character design through different techniques. Her work includes making the concept of the project, planning the storytelling and doing the art direction.

In the last years, she had the opportunity to have a lot of different experiences, like staying a year in Japan, working with amazing studios from Los Angeles and Brazil, and living a nomad life.

She is currently in the city of Los Angeles, United States.