The new summer spot opens with football star José Mourinho hot and bothered at the end of a losing match, being hounded by a group of journalists and photographers. He grabs a bottle of Lipton Ice Tea and both his mood and the mood of the crowd instantly changes. He kicks a football at a water tap and jets of water proceed to fill the stadium. With everybody suitably ‘refreshed’, a celebration gets underway with cheering and dancing and Mourinho encouraging fans to get on the pitch as well as taking part in selfies and high fives.
The Mill’s VFX team created the CG water jets that could then be choreographed to the action of the shot, and augmented the existing stadium, adding to the 200 extras used to fill it.
VFX Supervisor and CG Lead Artist Mike Chapman comments; "To augment the stadium, we worked with our recently created Mill Stadium Toolkit which was used to match the existing stadium shot. We then used procedural controls to expand to the scale Vaughan had in mind which made it easier to pass the placement data into the crowd software Massive.
The toolkit enabled us to implement design changes to the existing stadium quickly and respond to feedback in a way that previously would have been too time consuming to be feasible. Once we had the design confirmed, the crowd was added and matched to the extras that had already been filmed.
In parallel to the stadium development, we also worked on the water jets. Elements were shot on set but for various reasons, such as water pressure, we couldn't create the action required, so we used this as a reference to build CG water jets that could be placed and fired at the correct points in the edit to bring the story to life."