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Stingray Showdown

The Mill collaborated with Commonwealth and MJZ to bring this hollywood action movie concept to roaring life, injecting a polished feel to the fast paced car chase in downtown Los Angeles. 

Creative Director, Ben Smith: "It was such an exciting project in so many ways. A great script, great director, and a huge production for a really cool new car."

Ben continues about the design  "The ray and the car are in a chase sequence, so the design and language of movement of the ray was very important. The design evolved from a more organic creature that took cues from real manta and sting rays, to a more technologically based craft. Nicolai wanted it to feel like it was something DARPA would create, 20 years from now, so we looked at a lot of sci-fi for inspiration as well as bleeding edge military tech like stealth cloaking. 

"We incorporated a lot of articulating flight surfaces in to the design that gave physical believability to its motion. Seeing the ray react and adjust these controls during the chase really helped make it feel intelligent and dangerous."

2D Lead, Kyle Cody "Every aspect of this commercial was epic. The shoot was 4 long night shoots with an A-List crew, with helicopters, pyrotechnics, special effects and extraordinary stunt driving.  

"There were also a number of shots created almost entirely in CG due to the complexity of effect.  This is every Sci-Fi film mixed into one epic 90 second spot.  Was a great team effort and a huge undertaking due to the sheer volume of blockbuster effects required for one commercial.

Credits

Agency

  • Agency: Commonwealth
  • CCO: Linus Klausson
    Vice CCO: Andreas Dahlqvist
    ECD: Matt Canzano
    Writer: Chris Ford
    AD: David Carter
    Chief Production Officer: Brian DiLorenzo
    Producer: Stacey Gizinski
    Director of Content: Jeff Beverly
    Account Director: Bill Wilt, Angela Knapp
    Product Insights Manager: Brandon Duclo
    Product Insights Corvette and Sonic: Kurt Meyland

Production

  • Production Company: MJZ
  • Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
  • Executive Producer: Emma Wilcockson
  • Producer: Suza Horvat
  • Director of Photography: Robert Elswit

Editorial

  • Editing Company: RPS LA
  • Editor: Ted Guard

Post-Production / VFX

  • Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
  • Executive Producer: Verity Grantham
  • VFX Producer: Carl Walters
  • Shoot Supervisor: Ben Smith, Boris Ustaev, Kyle Cody
  • Creative Director: Ben Smith & Angus Kneale
  • 2D Lead Artists: Kyle Cody
  • 3D Lead Artists: Boris Ustaev, Andres Equiguren
  • 2D Artists: Antoine Douadi, Dan DiFelice, John Mangia, Kshitj Khanna, Markus White, Thomas Wall
  • 3D Artists: Rob Petrie, Yong Chan Kim, Billy Dangyoon Jang, Nick Couret, Emily Meger, Eva Kuehlmann, Dave Barosin, Michael Hunault , Kevin Ives, Nick Lines, Bashir Hamid, Jeff Lopez, Jeff Dates, Tom Bardwell, Tim Kim, Olivier Varteressian, James Williams
  • Colourist: Adam Scott
  • Production Coordinator: Katie Kolombatovich
    Art Department: Tim Haldeen, Bryce Wymer
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