PLAYGROUNDS is a short film that travels back to the early ’90s, lost deep in the suburbs, absent parents allow forgotten kids to escape to other worlds where they can’t be found.

Credits / Collaborators / Cast

Directed By – Milo + Fab
CG Artists – Antonio Milo, Fabrizio Fioretti, Francesco Buttarelli
Additional Artists –  Alessandro Righi, Emanuele Serniotti

‘Sum of all things’ by Gavin Luke
Additional arrangements and sound design by: John Wells
‘Shimmersoft’ written and produced by John Wells

Tools: Maya, Blender, Vray, Substance Painter, Zbrush, Nuke, Adobe Suite

The Making Of

The story behind the film

Created out of the desire to connect with memories from the ’80s & ’90s, where nostalgia reigns supreme, and the adolescent self escapes to other worlds, while unknowingly on the forefront of what we now know as the digital frontier.

The ’80s & ’90s have always been psychologically associated with the rise of video games, the home personal computer and nerd culture,  and many people from that era hold these things close to their hearts, us included, with these things helping to shape how we identify ourselves, and one of the main reasons we felt so strongly about this subject.

Working on this film allowed us to develop new workflows while also applying what we’ve learned from working in Interactive, Commercial and Hollywood Movie VFX Production, fusing them into a kind of Guerrilla CGI production.


Genre: Animation
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Length in minutes: 4:38
YEAR: 2019