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2014 Opening & Category Titles


A Delicate Balance

Mill+ had the honor of creating the Opening and Category Titles for the 2014 AICP Awards, held in The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Creative director Clarice Chin led the team in building an incredible installation to celebrate the art and technique of the American commercial.

With a wealth of quirky, colorful objects placed in a clean setting, the Mill+ team bought their concept "A Delicate Balance" to life. Clarice explained: "It was important to make all our concepts relevant to each category. We thoroughly considered the purpose, the venue and the AICP Awards themselves. We wanted to make sure the elements were fun, quirky and uplifting and that they all had a sense of humor! And after looking at the details, we moved to the macro - looking at the actual sculpture as a whole and how it pieced together. The whole concept was 'A Delicate Balance', so it was about ensuring all the components came together and had a sense of harmony - just like a concept does in great advertising, which is what AICP is all about celebrating."

"We chose to build it physically, which was exciting as it's something different for us that we don't get to do every day! There were certain qualities that we could only achieve through shooting it live-action that were really important to the piece, like physical textures and subtle, natural lighting. We wanted to make it feel tactile and relatable - and decided the best way to go was to actually build it!"

"Finding the right production designer was key and Robin totally suited the project. We felt he had the right sensibility. When he puts things together, they feel very raw, handmade and real - but the overall piece feels very finished and like it could live in an actual space. He had a collection of all these quirky toys and objects and costumes, so we were able to browse his studio and see what we wanted to use for the categories. If we didn't find the right piece in Robin's studio, he'd go to these amazing doll exhibits and junkyards and search through eBay and art stores. There was a whole range of places he trawled through!"

"Some of the categories were a little more obscure visually, but we were always checking an object's relevance. A lot of the items had to be rigged so that they could move on set with some CG work in there. When it came to the installation we only bad a couple of days to put it up in the location, a beautiful space in Venice Beach with amazing ceilings. It was exactly what I had in mind and everything came into place!"

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  • Agency: AICP
  • Producer: Ileana Montalvo


  • Design & Animation Studio: Mill+
    Director: Clarice Chin
    Executive Producer: Kim Wildenburg
    Producer: Elizabeth Newman
    Director of Photography: Armando Salas
    Production Designer: Robin Banks
    Live Action Producer: Richard Berman
    Record Company: HUM Music
    President/CEO: Jeff Koz
    Executive Producer: Debbi Landon
    Creative Director: Scott Glenn
    Composer: Kristin Dyrud
    Sound Designer: Dan Hart


  • Editing Company: Mill+
  • Editor: Victor Jory, Luke Kraman

Post-Production / VFX

  • Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
  • Executive Producer: Kim Wildenburg
  • VFX Producer: Elizabeth Newman
  • Shoot Supervisor: Remedy Huynh
  • Creative Director: Clarice Chin
  • 2D Lead Artists: Chris Knight, Nick Tayler, Lisa Ryan
  • Colourist: Shane Reed
  • Smoke: Robin McGloin


  • Animation: Justin Sucara, Greg Park
  • Designer: Clare Carrellas
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