Thursday, March 31, 2011
On Tuesday 29th, Randy McEntee, one of The Mill NY's own posted
this video of his twin boys, Sam and Ren. The boys are having a
very adult-like conversation in the kitchen, seemingly about a
missing sock or as Kathie Lee Gifford of The
Today Show claims,"that milkaholic, Lindsay".
With the power of social media and the tendency for all things
baby on the web to take off like wild fire, within the span of 24
hours our baby Mill'ers have graced the screens of World News with
Diane Sawyer, CNN Headline News and The Today Show to name a
few. Since the YouTube video was posted on Tuesday it went
from 2,000 hits to 1.8 million in under 24 hours and views are
currently 2.5 million and counting...!
The proud parents of the tots have been fielding calls for
interviews from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and will even be
appearing on ABC's Good Morning America today, so this may not be
the last we see of the little guys!
Monday, March 28, 2011
The winners of the 2011 IVCA Awards were announced on
Friday and we are delighted to have been awarded Gold in the Best
Animation, Graphics and Special Effects category for our work on
the Nokia Foosball viral,
created and produced by Jack Morton Worldwide!
The IVCA Awards recognise the very best in film, digital, video
and live events in the corporate and public sectors.
Our good friends at Jack Morton
Worldwide had plenty of reason to celebrate as the film also
collected a clutch of other awards including the top honour, Grand
Prix Award as well as Gold in the Sales of Products and Services
category and a Silver in the Web 2.0 category.
Many congratulations to all of the Jack Morton Worldwide team on a
For a full list of all the winners, visit: http://www.ivca.org/ivca/live/news/2011/2011-ivca-awards--winners-announced.html
Friday, March 25, 2011
Fancy an exotic pet? How about a Petite Lap Giraffe? Maybe
you've longed for one after watching Gregor the Russian oligarch
coo to his in DirecTV's commercials' 'Opulence' and 'I Am Epic
Thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of Gregor and Grey NY, and
a little ingenuity from The Mill NY's Content, Digital and VFX
arms, you can get your own! Shop here, Adweek's
Adfreak is on board
click here to view!
Tell all your friends on Facebook and Twitter … Gregor would
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
We are loving 'Blinky', Ruairi Robinson's amazing new short
film! Dark and twisted, even the strap line sends shivers - 'Soon
every home will have one. Don't worry. It's safe...'
Staring Max Records (Where Wild Things Are) the film
enters the world of a young boy, unhappy at home with warring
parents who buy him a 'Blinky' robot to keep him company. All
is well at first but as the boy grows tired of 'Blinky' and starts
to mistreat him, 'Blinky' becomes more and more sinister - a
psychopathic Wall-E! So Toy Story this is not.
With his usual high production values and darkly comic style,
the twisted and increasingly creepy 'Blinky' keeps you transfixed
until the very end credits roll. We love it!
Ruairi is no stranger to darkly humorous films with his 'Fifty Percent Grey'
nominated for a Best Short Animated Film Oscar and his recent live
action short 'Silent City'.
You can check out his other work including his commercials at:
Friday, March 18, 2011
For those of us not lucky enough to be out in Texas being
inspired by the latest in music, film and interactive creativity
and technology at this year's SXSW Festival, here's a
little treat from the Nokia party held earlier this week at the
Belmont in Austin, Texas...
To promote the launch of a new level of the mobile game
phenomenon 'Angry Birds' coming soon to Nokia's OVI Store,
alongside the creative team from White Sheep, Isobar and technical
wizards, Seeper, we helped Nokia and
game maker Rovio bring a world exclusive Angry Birds 3D spectacular
to life. The impressive short film was projected onto an enormous
150ft building using 3D projection mapping. Much like the game, it
features a giant slingshot catapulting oversized birds at naughty
The film was turned around in just nine days by our Mill Studio
Check out a film of the live event below...
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The who's who of British advertising gathered last night for the
British Arrows Awards 2011 (formerly the BTAA's), to recognise and
reward the best television and cinema commercials made by British
advertising agencies and production companies over the last
Taking top honours for TV Commercial of the Year was T-Mobile's 'Welcome
Back', created by Saatchi & Saatchi and directed by
Henry-Alex Rubin. The advert also won Gold awards for Best
Over 90 Second TV Commercial (sharing the honours with Nike's 'Write the
Future' spot) and in the Telecommunications Services'
Special congratulations must go to our long time collaborator,
director Ivan Zacharias, who was presented with the prestigious
British Arrows Fellowship Award by our very own Head of Production,
Ben Stallard, for his outstanding contribution to the production of
Also celebrating success last night were our friends at Smuggler
and Academy Films, who jointly share the award for Production
Company of the Year; and Mother, who won Most Successful
Advertising Agency of the Year.
Many congratulations to all of the worthy winners on another
fantastic year for British advertising!
Visit the British Arrows
website to see the full list of winners and finalists.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Once again, our Colour team have made the grade in Televisual magazine's second annual
countdown of the UK's top colourists.
Drawing on thoughts from their peers, grading system
manufacturers and the winners and nominees of a selection of key
colourist awards (British Arrows Craft Awards, RTS Craft Awards and
the UK Music Video Awards) as well as Televisual's own 'Commercials
30' survey, the magazine has created their list of the top 15
colourists in the UK.
Coming in at a truly impressive second place is Aubrey
Woodiwiss, who is also credited as the highest placed 'Rising
Star'. As well as host of award nominations for his
commercial and music promo work over the last year, it is his
"great eye" that was especially noted by his peers.
Adam Scott comes in just behind Aubrey in third place, with many
in the industry singling out his consistent creativity.
Mick Vincent's experience and style in particular, were praised
by colleagues and helped place him joint 9th, with Seamus O'Kane
rounding off the list at joint 15th and being described as the
"Ryan Giggs of the colourist world... (getting) better with
Congratulations to all of the team, and for a reminder of some
of their great work, why not check out all of our Colourists' reels.
You can read the full Televisual countdown here.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
The new issue of Stash is now available
and alongside its usual bumper crop of must see work, behind the
scenes features and music videos, is a host of our work!
Scrolling through we start off with Codemasters - Bodycount from our director
Jonathan Vuillemin and the 3D gaming crew, who designed and
animated this visually innovative game trailer. We then whizz
on to see our VW -
Black Beetle spot which, incidentally was just one out of our
21 spots for 2011 Super Bowl, then gracefully moving on to Axe/Lynx -
Even Angels Fall, the next beautifully visceral spot in the
Axe/Lynx Excite campaign. Our penultimate outing is the bold
idents for the Movies Now
channel from our Studio team, before ending with our incredibly
talented mcbess - a director, musician and artist extraordinaire -
with his trademark drawings and design for this year's FITC in
All in all, a good Stash for The Mill...
If you'd like to see any of the work highlighted in this month's
Friday, March 04, 2011
The Creative Circle Awards were announced this week and it's
great to see so many of our clients and partners win in so many
Special congratulations must go to our friends at Red Brick Media
for the night's 'Best TV Commercial' - Magners 'Catch'/'Straight' which celebrated multiple wins and
scooped the prestigious Platinum Award.
Chief' also had a fantastic night picking up not one, but five
of the coveted accolades with Gorgeous Enterprises and MCBD
receiving Gold honours for Best Production Design and Best
Direction, and the anti-knife crime campaign 'Who Killed
Deon' was also rewarded with AMV BBDO claiming three silvers
including 'Best Cinema Commercial'.
Other Mill collaborations to receive awards on the night included
Honda 'Red Green Blue',
The Future', French
Connection 'The Man' & 'The Woman', DFT 'Named Riders' and T-Mobile 'Welcome
Well done to everyone, nominees and winners alike.
To see a full list of all the winners visit the Creative
Thursday, March 03, 2011
The Mill announced today that as part of its continuing
expansion plans it will be opening a visual effects studio within
Mill at BBH is the continued expansion and our first export of
our hugely successful Mini Mills - a Mill VFX studio based within a
partner's office. Mill at BBH will be the hub of our BBH
The team will be initially set up by our creative team John
Thornton Lead 2D and Aidan Gibbons Lead 3D (pictured above, left to
right), alongside Neil Evely, Head of Operations at The Mill and
the studio will include Nuke, Smoke, Smoke on Mac, 3D and Final Cut
to ensure BBH and The Mill's signature high end creative work.
Robin Shenfield, The Mill Group's CEO explains: "We are
expanding globally with the forthcoming move and expansion of our
LA studio and now our joint venture with BBH, where we will
continue to collaborate creatively and produce challenging and
The expansion cements our long term global relationship with BBH
with whom we have been working together for 21 years.
Together, The Mill and BBH have collaborated on a range of high
profile and award winning campaigns from the iconic Levi's
Swimmer through to the recent Axe/Lynx - Even Angels
Will Fall commercial, as well as the launch of the Singapore
Tourism Board's global destination brand campaign, 'YourSingapore' with BBH Singapore.