Terrace Product Animation

Client: Kinley

Case Study

A multi-level scene to showcase a large range of products and the installation process

Quick facts:

  • End-to-end solution of a master scene animation
  • Products, architecture & flora created and animated accurately
  • 3-tier terrace that showcases dozens of products
  • Multiple edits & cuts for social and CPD

About the client.

Kinley Systems Limited supply and install outdoor architecture supplies for commercial landscape projects. Their range is used by landscape architects, designers, contractors and developers.

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The challenge.

In the second post of the Kinley series, the terrace master acene animation presented the biggest project DURTY had ever completed. Hundreds of hours, dozens of products, billions of polygons and so many flowers that our 3D generalist (Sean) could challenge the most adept in flora knowledge.

Early in the planning of content and assets for the many products Kinley have on offer, the idea was pitched to create the “Master Scene”; a multi platformed terrace that included all of their products, not just a small number.

Being able to explain the entire solution that Kinley can offer allows for a single video to show an overview of their catalogue to potential customers, while having a base to create multiple future videos with different shots.

Our solution.

We wanted to do more than just hand over some beautiful installation images, so we began with “discovery workshops”.

These focused on finding the important answers to questions that either the customer had when searching for a product or to improve the workflow for the sales team.

A master scene that was split over three levels allowed us to showcase a large range of products, installation processes and example finished layouts.

We worked closely with Kinley’s CAD team to ensure everything down to the last bolt was millimetre accurate and the stage of installation were true to life.

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Terrace animations

The team went above and beyond to ensure that we were thrilled with the whole project, that also included awesome CGI.

Frances D'ArdenneMarketing Manager, Kinley Systems Limited

Most profitable project type

Discussions included the most profitable project type for the company, common issues faced by clients and knowledge gaps the sales team may encounter when speaking to prospects. Each department had a representative and a lot of exploration highlighted improvement in information that even we weren’t expecting.

And yet, by asking these questions, there was a better focus on the most important messages to get across in the content; the most profitable projects can be highlighted in product breakdowns; answering common questions clients have to improve conversion rates; and saving time on these conversions by making sure they are already enabled with the right knowledge to purchase.


Helping Kinley build authority

Then began the creation of the terraces. Kinley had already built a reputation on their isometric edging shots and we wanted something similar that would build authority over time.

Not only did it have to be technically accurate (which included every joist, tile and bolt) it needed to look realistic and relatable. While some of the products could be created from scratch or modified with CAD models that were already available, a lot of time was invested into getting the visuals perfect – with flora.


Realistic animation of flowers and trees

We asked how the work we rendered could stand out from similar work and she said that what let down other CGI’s in the past was the realism of flowers and trees; they would either be low quality or not animated. Going above and beyond, Sean’s journey of floral expertise included creating accurate models of over 20 species and three trees all in correct bloom.

In addition, each of these were individually rigged and animated to react naturally to wind, and each with dynamic shadows.