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Surprise Eclipse


Working with Guy Ritchie, Reset LA and 72andSunny on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch film 'Surprise'

To introduce Call of Duty's latest game 'Black Ops 2' The Mill was brought in to provide all the VFX in this high-speed world of near-future weaponry.

The film stars Robert Downey, Jr. and was directed by weapons and rumble film maker pro Guy Ritchie.

"This was a completely CG project for us, everything was done on green screen." says The Mill producer Christina Thompson. "Before starting we also did extensive previs to ensure the film would look like one continuous move. We then had a team of 52 people, including a CG team of 34 artists collaborating together to achieve the look Guy wanted."

With a rocking AC/DC soundtrack, how many surprises can you count?



  • Agency: 72 and Sunny
  • Commissioner / Producer: Dan Ruth/Peter Williams
    Chief Creative Officer: Glenn Cole
    Creative Director, Writer: Jason Norcross
    Creative Director, Designer: Matt Murphy
    Creative Director, Interactive Designer: Peter Novosel
    Senior Designer/Writer: Rey Andrade
    Senior Writer: Josh Fell
    Designer: Patric Franz
    Writer: Jorge Brandão
    Brand Director: Mike Parseghian
    Brand Manager: Jen Marvin
    Brand Coordinator: Justin Gonzaga


  • Production Company: Reset LA
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Producer: Ari McGarry
  • Director of Photography: Claudio Miranda
  • Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
    Director of Photography: Claudio Miranda
    Production Designer: Dominic Watkins


  • Editing Company: Work Editorial
  • Editor: Rich Orrick
  • Edit Assist: Healy Snow

Post-Production / VFX

  • Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
  • Executive Producer: Sue Troyan
  • VFX Producer: Christina Thompson
  • Shoot Supervisor: Robert Sethi, Steve Beck, Chris Bayol, Chris Knight
  • Creative Director: Robert Sethi, Chris Knight
  • 2D Lead Artists: Chris Knight
  • 3D Lead Artists: Robert Sethi
  • 2D Artists: Becky Porter, Nick Tayler, Jake Maymudes, Ben Smith, Gareth Parr, Eugene Gauran, Remedy Huynh, Daniel Lang
  • 3D Artists: Justin Wentz, Andy Wheater, Phil Mayer, Yorie Kumalasari, Meng Yang Lu, David Hackett, Per Bergsten, Andrew Romatz, Eric Sibley, Michael Panov, Adam Carroll, Martin Rivera, Nick Lines, Carl Harders, Dan Kruse, Kenzie Chen, Juan Zavala, Rick Fuentealba, Jason Jansky, Bridget Warrington, Tom Graham
  • Assist: Andry Jong, Hartwell Durfor, Olivier Dubard, Blake Sullivan, James Ma, Matt Bohnert
  • Motion Graphics: Alex Van Dyne, Justin Sucara, Kasey Allen
  • Colourist: Adam Scott
  • Art Department: Scott Wilson
  • Production Coordinator: Gabriel Libitsky
    Colour Producer: LaRue Anderson
    Colour Coordinator:Sarah Laborde
    (3D) Animation Lead: Steve Beck
    (3D) DMP Lead: Gawain Liddiard
    (3D) CG Sup/ Lighting Lead: Chris Bayol
    (3D) FX Lead: Josh Hatton
    (3D) Co-Modeling/ Texture Lead: Felix Urquiza
    (3D) Co-Modeling/ Texture Lead: Miguel Guerrero
    Smoke Producer: Kiana Bicoy
    Smoke Artist: Robin McGloin
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