Over the course of 60 years, entomologists Charlie and Lois O'Brien amassed the largest private bug collection in the world with a value of $10 million dollars. But as Charlie's battle with Parkinson's becomes increasingly pronounced, he and Lois, 90, make the difficult decision to give away their drawers full of iridescent weevils and planthoppers. This humorous and poignant film explores the love of Nature--and the Nature of Love--and what it means to devote oneself completely to both.
Mass FX Media was approached to add some humor and charm to an already charming film by animating the stories from the field journal of the two main characters. We used character animation on the bugs and a hand-drawn aesthetic to bring life to the stories that Lois and Charlie tell as if we cracked open their journal and it came to life before the viewers.