The Line creates a multi-disciplinary spectacle for Riot Games
League of Legends debuts True Damage, a new virtual hip-hop collective, with GIANTS, giving us a glimpse of a glitching, neon-fueled future.
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- Production Company The Line Animation Studio
- Director Wesley Louis
- Post Production Time Based Arts
- Director Max Taylor
- Director Tim McCourt
- Executive Producer James Duveen
- Executive Producer Sam Taylor
- Editor Max Taylor
League of Legends has created pop-band collectives from their playable characters, basing their personifications on real-life artists and singers. Combining fictional characters with talent like Keke Palmer, Soyeon, and Becky G., Riot Games commissions songs and music videos that tap into cutting-edge video game sensibilities. Leaning into rap, R&B, and pop icon stylings, The Line developed a stunningly creative video for Riot Games' virtual band, True Damage.
This music video was made using both 2D and 3D animation, as well as hand-painted backgrounds projected into a 3D space, live-action footage shot in Paris, and character movements referenced from live choreography. One moment that really stood out was when Ekko (voiced by rappers Thutmose and Duckwrth), was illustrated with bright neon-colored sketches and colors transporting him around a dark space. It felt very sketchy and spontaneous, and added a lot of character to the otherwise exceptionally polished output of the rest of the video.
What really stood out was the sheer amount of work involved in marrying all the animation techniques. The integration of the character’s new designs, showing off the clothing and selling the skins felt very organic within the video production. Fun, electrifying, and with no small amount of attitude, GIANTS is an entertaining addition to the League of Legends virtual lineup.