Manuel Sepulveda

Fictions Design


Worldbuilding is a crucial part of filmmaking. Fictions Design encompasses the development of environments, icons, signage, language systems, and all aspects of visual culture.
Thoughtful worldbuilding enables the creation of characters that can believably exist in any imagined world, and stories that feel rooted and can thus resonate with audiences.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Worldbuilding


I was invited to join the team at MPC London, working alongside vfx supervisor Ryan Jefferson Hays and designer Paul Hunt, to develop the worldbuilding for Ryme City, the fictional location of the live-action film, Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

I designed over 140 brands, from corporate banks to noodle takeaways, to help populate the city and create a believable environment for the story and characters to live in.  


Initial concepts for Clifford Industries, Ryme City Transit, and Clifford News Media.

Language Systems

I also created two language systems to replace the existing ‘Unovian’ character set used in the anime. As well as drawing from Japanese typefaces I also took inspiration from Hebrew, Sinhalese, Thai and Arabic. To give us variety and flexibility there were 10 different editable styles and they formed the basis of many of the logos we designed.

For the second language I used a base-14 number system — because most Pokémon have three fingers on each hand and four toes on each foot.

This showreel includes final logo designs by both Paul Hunt and myself.

Production Design

In addition to the flat graphic assets I also felt it was important to provide guidance and visuals for building and compositing the assets into the final shots.



 


Pokémon Detective Pikachu
2019

Director: Rob Letterman

Production Company: Legendary Pictures, The Pokémon Company



VFX Supervisor: Erik Nordby

MPC VFX Supervisor: Pete Dionne

MPC Creative Director: Ryan Jefferson Hays

MPC Producers: Sandra Eklund, Tomek Zietkiewicz

Design: Paul Hunt, Manuel Sepulveda

Animation: Jessica Gaynor, Ingrid Tsy

Concept Art: Charles Downman
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