NSK Studio is a 3D CG animation studio developed in the hope of inspiring people to "protect beautiful teeth, and the global environment". We created this animation series to express our gratitude to dental healthcare professionals, including dentists and oral hygienists. We also hope that the animation will motivate viewers to look after their teeth and care for the environment.
Our "Declaration" film introduces the lively characters who’ll appear in the upcoming episodes of this animation series. The "Declaration Version" was created with the aim of expressing NSK's commitment to a healthier future, and our continuing pledge to create sustainable solutions through innovative technology.
Dr. Sakura is a dentist who attained the ability of talking to teeth after having thought so hard about them.
"Healthy teeth contributes to a healthy mind, and good mental health would in turn contribute to peace in the world."
- with that in mind, Dr. Sakura makes it her mission to protect the dental health of each and every creature.
Dr. Sakura has a son, loves cats, and her favorite hobby is going for drives.
Mr. Q, a patient, is a vampire.
He usually has a colony of bats wrapped around him, giving him a scary image, but in actual fact, he's one vampire with the kindest heart ever.
Mr. Q knows very well that with gum disease, nothing tastes good, and he tries his best to schedule regular cleaning appointments. Unfortunately, he tends to get lazy and often forgets his appointments.
It is still a secret. It will appear in a future episode.
He's got a strong love for the environment, and puts his best effort into selling solar panels.
Amidst his busy schedule, he enjoys munching on sweet treats during his breaks.
Unfortunately, that has given him a bad tooth and he is here to get that treated.
This is Niwatori-kun, a chicken who lives on the tooth-shaped island.
Chickens on this island have 2 differences from the usual chickens that we know of.
They can fly in the sky, and they have teeth.
This is Tirano – probably the biggest creature on this island.
It seems he turned vegetarian because of his short-sightedness.
On his back is an entire village of bird nests and the birds living here help to clean Tirano's teeth!
These two are the whale brothers that appear in the opening of the video – a pair of trendy whales who wear sunglasses and don moustaches.
Both of them place great importance in caring for their moustaches and teeth, and would proudly pop their heads out of the water to have these praised.
This is Zou-kun, an elephant that lives on the island.
There are no circuses on this island, but Zou-kun practises ball-balancing, dressing up as a clown, and even tent-pitching, all with the hope of running his very own circus one day to bring smiles to everyone.
In order to have a beautiful smile himself, Zou-kun brushes his teeth well everyday.
This is the dental office, the main setting of the movie.
The flowers surrounding the dental office are a actually form of appreciation from patients to the dentist.
The island that everyone in NSK STUDIO lives on is shaped like a tooth.
Everyone living on this island take good care of their teeth and are always showing their beautiful teeth to one another.
This is Dr. Sakura's beloved car.
Going on drives is Dr. Sakura's hobby and she loves bringing her son around the island in the car on her rest days. This is a second-hand car, but she has kept it shining through regular polishing. Polishing a dull car till it shines is also one of Dr. Sakura's hobbies.
Dark and quiet night
In the dark and quiet night on the tooth-shaped island when everyone else is fast asleep, a colony of bats fly into Dr. Sakura's dental clinic.
Production Processes 5
This is a comparison shot of the 3D CG data when production was still underway vs the final product.
Modeling and rigging has been completed in the former shot, while in the latter, we applied texturing to obtain the right colour and texture, as well as lighting to achieve a realistic 3D appearance.
Check out the differences between the before and after!
Production Processes 1
Here is a snippet of the video during the final checks where we were determining the angle and motion for the crucial scene of the main character talking to the teeth.
We took on the challenge of adopting the perspective of the teeth looking up at the human.
Please check out the "Declaration Version" movie to see how this scene turned out.
Production Processes 2
Here is a cut from the final checks where we were determining the angle and motion for the scene that the angry shark barges into the dental clinic.
Please do check out the end product to see how the quality turned out.
As for what the shark was angry about?
That will be revealed in the episodes to come, so be sure to stay tuned!
This is the initial sketch that Director Makino drew of the salesperson's teeth before treatment.
It captures the atmosphere of a dilapidated bar and features the salesperson's favourite things like ice cream and alcohol.
How will the look of the inside of his mouth change after treatment?
Production Processes 3
Here is the 3D CG data through which we check the characters' movements.
The salesperson's teeth were worried about being scaled too much and refused to be treated unless a high precision contra-angle was used.
"Leave it to me!" said Dr. Sakura.
After discussion amongst themselves, the teeth decided to trust her.
When designing Dr. Sakura's clinic, the CG team were most particular about striking the right balance between the scenery outside the window and the reflection of the clinic's interior on the window.
Please check out the fine details that the team has put their heart and soul into.
Production Processes 4
This is a shot from the 3D CG data when production was still underway.
At this point, modelling and rigging has been completed and the next step would be to apply texturing to obtain the right colour and texture, as well as lighting to achieve a realistic 3D appearance.
Such detailed work continues as we build up to the end product.
Here are the characters who appear in NSK STUDIO.
For this animation, we engaged award-winning director Atsushi Makino to help us with the development, from designing the 3D CG animation characters all the way to directing the film.
Please check out the movie to see how these characters move around happily in the film!
Large-sized Mr. Q
This is a shot of the large-sized Mr. Q when we were checking his 3D appearance.
The real Mr. Q is actually rather small, but the bats that wrap themselves around him make him look much larger than he is.
When he has bats wrapped around him, Mr. Q can walk around in the daytime without having to fear the sunlight.
The large-sized Mr. Q actually appears in the opening scene of Episode 1.
If you watch carefully, a shark character that is due to appear in Episode 3 appears in that same scene too.
Mr. Q's teeth
Appearing in Episode 2 are Mr. Q's teeth.
They look really uncomfortable being covered by tartar and biofilm.
The atmosphere here feels like Halloween…