Production The Process of Historical Animation

Our team undertook documentary strategies to ensure that the details of the animation were as historically accurate as possible. We compiled a database of images and contextual information for each scene containing references and examples of local buildings, structures, tools, utensils, clothing, and hair styles. Here, we break down the animation process and the decisions we made about how to portray Anna's world.

The Plantation

Arranging the structures and layout of the fictional Coleridge Plantation.

The Loom House

Constructing and laying out the plantation outbuildings.

Clothing & Hair

Designing the clothing and style of Anna.

Washington, D.C., 1815

Reconstructing the streets of early Washington, D.C.

F Street, 1815

Recreating the F Street neighborhood.

The Garret

Imagining the tavern's "slave pen."