To celebrate the definitive documentary Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G, Sunshine partnered with A&E, to create an animated tribute to the hip-hop legend with friend and contemporary, Steve Stoute.
The three-hour, deeply personal biography allowed the late Christopher Wallace to narrate his own incredible life story by employing exclusive archival footage and audio recordings that have never been heard before. The documentary also includes new interviews by those who loved him most; his widow Faith Evans, his mother Voletta Wallace, his close friend Lil Cease, as well as cultural icons Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Nas.
The special explores the moments that shaped his life, including his youth hustling the streets of Brooklyn, New York, his rise to fame and his shocking murder on the streets of Los Angeles.
“The ambition of this film was to bring to life Stoute’s beautifully-written letter, reflecting the energy, love and respect that he has for The Notorious B.I.G. The film opens as a simple handwritten letter, with words animating on screen as if Steve was writing it. We used simple linework with a flat, limited colour palette to create a world that felt graphic, yet didn't take away from the intimacy of Steve's letter and the journey he takes you on.
The crown from Biggie’s legendary photoshoot with Barron Claibourne became an important visual narrative for us - it felt right to use it so prominently to represent the legend he is.”
Simon Holmes, Creative Director, Sunshine
‘Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G,’ is the first biography to be authorised by The Notorious B.I.G Estate and premiered on 4th September 2017.
Sunshine partnered with A+E Networks in early 2016 with the aim of defining the essence of each channel. Working with the media giant’s portfolio of brands, A+E's goal is to elevate the impact of a single show, a single story - giving it the greatest cultural impact possible. You can read the full write-up of our work so far here.
“Being part of a project that helped one pay tribute to the other was such an honour. One of the lovely things about creating animation is that it can help visualize abstract ideas like emotion, memory and admiration.”
Alex Griggs, Director, Blink Ink