Create a majestic and life-like CG orangutan to experience the wonders of energy in different manifestations to represent the power of renewable energy company SSE.


Collaborating with renowned director Frederic Planchon and adam&eveDDB, the team set out to achieve what hadn’t yet been done before, they invented brand new pipelines and tools on the job to allow them to reach new levels of photorealism.


SSE is the most awarded project in Mill history, winning over 20 accolades for 'Maya' alone. ‘Maya’ was game-changing and set the benchmark for crafting photoreal creatures. We received several complaints for animal cruelty as Maya appeared to be so realistic. We went on to work on an additional six campaigns for SSE including ‘Pier’, ‘Neon House’, ‘Longer, Longer More’, ‘RWC Idents’ and ‘Rain, Wind & Sunshine’.





Production Company



Frederic Planchon


VFX / Animation


Agency Adam&Eve DDB
Producer Ben Sharpe
Creatives James Gillham & Graham Cappi
ECD Ben Priest
Business Director Paul Billingsley
Production Company Academy
Director Frederic Planchon
Producer Lucy Gossage
Editing Company Assembly Rooms
Editor Sam Rice - Edwards
VFX & Design
VFX & Design The Mill
Senior VFX Producer Beth Vander
Shoot Supervisors Hitesh Patel, Alex Hammond
3D Lead Artists Alex Hammond, Jorge Montiel
2D Artists Leo Costa, Gianluca Di Marco, Gary Driver
3D Artists Sam Driscoll, Dan Moore, Peter Agg, Michael Balthazart, Amaan Akram, Rebecca Ferguson, Daniel Kmet, Philippe Moine, Paul Classens, Jimmy Glass, Sergio Xisto, Gareth Bell
Matte Painting Melanie Climent, Can Y Sanalan
Motion Graphics Ashley Tyas
Executive Producer Luke Colson
Print Ross Urien, Matthew Ivin, Kylie Milne, Rosemary Eve

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