_CNN Investigates

Working with the CNN Investigations unit, we developed a graphics toolkit to provide CNN producers with a visual language to bolster their editorial work. Editing for both broadcast and digital platforms on extremely tight timelines, producers typically are unable to collaborate with design teams or animate anything with complexity themselves.

The toolkit provides a higher production value as well as a raised overall level of storytelling across teams and subject matter.

_The Process


Developed for use by production staff with minimal After Effects training, the toolkit primarily uses pre-rendered elements from Cinema 4D which are mapped to empty containers in After Effects. Therein, each element is also organized in as modular a manner as possible to allow for maximal customization and versatility.

Simple recurring media types including photos, video, documents, tweets, quotes, and maps were accounted for and support more conceptual organizational structures such as linear connections between elements, node arrays, or fields of information. The breadth of these graphical building blocks provide producers with a visual language from which they can detail any given narrative in a consistent manner.

Additionally, expression supported text templates were built using .mogrt files to enable producers to build their own custom callout text, locators, or lower thirds directly within Premiere. This allowed them to utilize more polished typography presentations without the risk of breaking anything in After Effects.

Executive Creative Director: Jon Reyes
Senior Motion Designer: Padraic Driscoll
Additional Animators: Ignacio Osorio, Craig Maxwell, Roberto Chriqui
Template Designers:  Michael Pisano, Shane Csontos-Popko, Justin Weiss
Executive Producer: Patricia DiCarlo
Associate Producer: Collette Richards

Music: Mux Mool - Intentional Death and Dismemberment Plan

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