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In this new spot for DirecTV called “Opulence,” one thing is clear: the convenience and quality of DirecTV appeals to people from all walks of life. Grey NY, Biscuit director Tim Godsall and The Mill NY teamed up for this quirky commercial featuring a Russian billionaire oligarch, his posse of gorgeous females and his prized possession, a miniature giraffe. Yes … a pet, pint-sized giraffe.

That the giraffe sitting on the lavish gold-embellished couch in the similarly bedecked living room of the mansion, appears as natural as a cat perched on a love seat, is where The Mill comes in. "The giraffe was in the script, but we were part of the conversation with the agency about what the giraffe should be doing," says Ben Smith, our Co-Head of 3D and VFX Supervisor on the job. "We suggested movements that were very giraffe-like."

Smith and his team conducted extensive research, gathering a motion gallery of clips and photos. These helped pinpoint muscles, hair, features, common movements and stances natural to giraffes. The information was then simulated in 3D.

"This was a hilarious spot to work on," adds Westley Sarokin, our Lead Flame Artist on "Opulence." "The idea, casting and performance were all fantastic and the mini-giraffe just topped it all off perfectly. From the 2D standpoint, integration touches helped marry the giraffe into the footage. Color balance, contact shadows and edge blending finished it off nicely."

"This was an awesome job," Smith concurs. "It was a great funny script to begin with, there was room for interpretation and the agency was open to letting the idea play out even more. It was the best kind of creative process."



  • Agency: Grey NY
  • Producer: Tor Myhren
  • Creative Director: Todd Tilford, Luis Romero, Jon Lallus, Bennett McCarroll


  • Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks
  • Director: Tim Godsall
  • Director of Photography: Darko Suvak


  • Editing Company: Arcade Edit
  • Editor: Geoff Hounsell

Post-Production / VFX

  • Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
  • Executive Producer: Jared Yeater
  • 2D Lead Artists: Westley Sarokin
  • 3D Lead Artists: Ben Smith
  • 2D Artists: Albert Cook, Randy McEntee
  • 3D Artists: Joshua Merck, Tom Bardwell, Michael Panov, Emily Merger, Per Bergsten, Ajit Menon, Chris Hill
  • Colourist: Fergus McCall
  • Assistant Colourists: DJ Miranda and Josh Bohoskey
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