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ELLIE AND ABBIE final portrait poster
Australian Key Art

Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt) is a sweet coming of age drama focusing on coming out in high school, aided by Ellie’s deceased activist Aunt who coaches her throughout her journey of discovery. Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt) features Marta Dusseldorp, Rachel House, Sophie Hawkshaw, Zoe Terakes, Julia Billington, Bridie Connell and is directed by Monica Zanetti.

The Creative Process

Made on a modest budget, Carnival were engaged to create the key art after production had completed. As is often the case, photography featuring both lead cast members was limited and while early concepts focused upon the classroom setting, these failed to capture the cacophony of emotions experienced in adolescence. Our final image captures this but it needed elevation, so we developed a complex 3D scene featuring glitter streamers which ties into the a particular scene from the film. By using 3D to completely create the environment Ellie and Abbie are immersed within, we were able to create a dreamlike and beautiful scene for the final one sheet poster.

“It deals with everything from Sydney’s history of activism to homophobia still dealt with by teenagers today… But importantly, at its heart, it’s a cute and funny Australian teen queer romcom exploring all of the awkwardness that comes with being a teenager.” – The Guardian

Art Direction: Demi Hopkins
Illustrator: Cassandra Chapman
Retouching and 3D: Mike James

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ELLIE AND ABBIE landscape artwork
ELLIE AND ABBIE title treatment
ELLIE AND ABBIE 3D tinsel ribbon wireframe
wireframe of 3D tinsel ribbon
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