This short is inspired by classic games like Tempest, Battlezone, Asteroids, and the amazing (at the time) graphics of Tron. Tank tells the story of a group of pilots that must save their world by stopping a weapon of mass destruction.
Veteran animator Stu Maschwitz had to reverse engineer modern software to achieve the awesome retro look. It was created entirely in Adobe After Effects using math and a ton of custom code; it took hundreds of hours to complete. Maschwitz describes the process as “a little crazy… with equal parts animation elbow grease and nerdy expressions madness.”