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CRASH+SUES’ ANIMATION & VFX TEAM BRINGS THE IDYLLIC STATE OF “BLUEPHORIA” TO LIFE FOR BLUEGRASS CELLULAR
MINNEAPOLIS: If wireless customers were to conjure up a utopian world where cellular services had the capability to meet their every need and its technology functioned in perfect harmony with their lives, it could not surpass the mythical ‘Bluephoria,’ an idyllic state crafted by CRASH+SUES for Bluegrass Cellular. Pushing creative boundaries, 2D and 3D animation, visual FX, motion design, color correction, creative editing and finishing were seamlessly integrated with live-action footage directed by Two Popes’ Jerry Pope to create a whimsical package of spots rich with visual imagery for Bandy Carroll Hellige/Louisville.
“CRASH+SUES began collaborating with Two Popes during the pre-production phase of the project to ensure that both the production company and post house fully optimized the campaign’s vision. We started going back and forth exchanging ideas and approaches about a month before the shoot and continued right up until the week the spots were shot,” online editor Mark Anderson explains. “It was a first-rate working relationship. BCH and Two Popes brought us inspiring ideas and then we focused on coming up with the best ways to bring them to life.”
“My team is a collaborative group of consummate creative problem-solvers. They thrive on the challenge of creating new innovative solutions…Bluephoria provided an ideal opportunity to do just that,” remarks Donna Drewick, executive producer of the award-winning animation house recently awarded a Clio for their animation. “The client’s previous spots were strictly live action, whereas this campaign brought it to a whole new level with the integration of various animation techniques along with the full gamut of FX. We had everything from a CGed pie pool and muffin truck to sunshine, lollipops and dancing radio towers. About the only thing missing was a rainbow,” notes Drewick.
The voiceover sets up the visual elements of the spot: “There’s a place that feels more connected, where life is more agreeable, more reliable, more delightful to be there, where there’s a blissful feeling of satisfaction with your wireless phone, your plan and your service. It’s the state of Bluephoria, and you can only get there by way of Bluegrass Cellular.”
To bring this narrative to life, the mythical Bluephoria became the centerpiece for the spots, and CRASH+SUES populated it with an extraordinary number of animated elements and live action enhancements, while colorist Sue Lakso created a vibrant color palette, which added to the surreal atmosphere.
The spot opens in a rustic field on the outskirts of a silhouetted iconic small town as an image of a sun emanates rays of light from the screen of a large-scale cellular phone sitting on the horizon. The viewer is transported to a fanciful world bursting at the seams with an array of animation and meticulously detailed visual FX. Countless animated elements bring this intensely detailed spot to life: window transformed into 3D winking eyes, a customer’s virtual order flying back to the kitchen, animated cider splashing into glasses, mobile phones – with vibrant red apples comped into their screens – hanging from a tree ripe for the picking, a bronze statue of Lincoln raising a phone to his ear, an animated Ferris wheel with cell phone cages, a busy ‘Main Street’ lined with lollipop trees and dressed with dozens of composited details.
The commercial closes with a sign that reads, ‘Welcome to Bluephoria (Population: Happy)’ in the foreground, as animated clouds are towed by a plane over the surreal world which is revealed in its entirety in a wide shot overflowing with an array of animation and visual fanfare.
CRASH+SUES creative editor Carrie Shanahan cut Two Popes’ live action footage, establishing the rather tricky, fast-paced timing as scene after scene unfolds. Colorist Sue Lakso performed two color correction passes: one base pass to set a feel-good look across the footage and a second to highlight specific shots after the spot was composited.
After Shanahan’s cut was locked, Anderson loaded the RED footage into Autodesk’s Discreet Smoke where he shared assets with the animation team.
3D animator Alex Engelmann worked with director Jerry Pope to devise a wish list of the animation and FX elements. “We had a lot of freedom to design these elements and see them through,” he notes. “Each layer added would entice them to add more.” “Which can almost become deadly,” interjects Anderson teasingly.
The animators divided up the list, tasking Engelmann with crafting the lollipop trees and a pizza-wheel bicycle cart. He also erased the façade from an old building and rebuilt it in 3D to give it animated eyebrow windows while Anderson rotoscoped the skateboarders riding past the expressed building as well as the townspeople in the parade scene and then composited most of the sky replacements. Adam Celt created map-styled streets and composited the balance of the spot in Autodesk’s Flame.
“Compositing all of the elements into the spot was definitely challenging but also a lot of fun,” notes Flame artist Adam Celt. “Everyone became so immersed in the world we created we couldn’t resist adding more elements. I think it paid off.” Anderson adds, “The Bluegrass Cellular client was extremely happy with the final spot, and we’re all very proud of it as well.”
“Sean Hall created a diverse mix of 2D and traditionally animated elements for the spot, as well as the holographic phone projections. Additionally, he also composited the final shot, which features a rising pullback view of the town.”
Echo Boys, CRASH+SUES sister company, created the sound design original music and sound design for the spots. The Bluphoria Music was composed to have a pop-“All is beautiful with the
world” feeling…very happy and innocent…..Melodic and lots of harmony…
The track was performed by the EchoBoys, all live instruments….with Alex
weaving in the sounds of the marching band for the end scene
CRASH+SUES is an award-winning creative post and visual effects company specializing in the seamless integration of animation, FX, motion design, color correction, creative editing, finishing and multimedia services. For additional information, contact executive producer Donna Drewick at 612.338.7947 or visit crashandsues.com.
CLIENT/PRODUCT: Bluegrass Cellular
CATEGORY: (Spot, New Media, Film, etc): 30 + 2x: 15 broadcast spots
TITLES: “Bluephoria” :30; “Bluephoria/Relaxed” :15; “Bluephoria/Connected” :15
AGENCY: Bandy Carroll Hellige/KY
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Gary Sloboda
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tom Fawbush
SR. COPYWRITER: Hilary Braun
SR. BROADCAST PRODUCER: Ted Eckel
PRODUCTION: Two Popes/Minneapolis
DIRECTOR: Jerry Pope
DIR. Of PHOTOGRAPHY: Jeff Barklage
LINE PRODUCER: Kay Millan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Greg Pope
EDITORIAL | FX | COLOR | FINISH: CRASH+SUES/Minneapolis
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Donna Drewick
COLORIST: Sue Lakso
COLOR ASSIST: Matthew Jensen
CREATIVE EDITOR: Carrie Shanahan
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Eric Schwalbe
ONLINE EDITOR: Mark Anderson
ONLINE ASSIST: Matthew Kroese
FLAME ARTIST: Adam Celt
3D ARTISTS/ANIMATORS: Alex Engelmann, Sean Hall, Matt Sattler
MUSIC + AUDIO POST COMPANY: Echo Boys/Minneapolis
MIXER: Ross Nelson
SOUND DESIGNER: Tom Lecher
COMPOSERS: The Echo Boys
Graduated with a BFA3 in character animation at Calarts. His experience includes, 5 years character design and 2 years visual development instructor at the the Animation Academy. 3 years of 3d and traditional animation, and graphic design.
WHAT’S MORE ALIVE THAN YOU® presents in these days other artworks of the first PERMANENT collection.
Victoria Geaney is another pioneer of the revolutionary perspective of fashion.
THIS IS ME
London – United Kingdom, September 24, 1988
I’m a creative and dynamic final year Fashion Innovation student, currently studying at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom. I live just outside London, in the UK. I am really looking forward to being a part of such a groundbreaking international Fashion and Art initiative, as this is part of my own philosophy as a designer and artist. My floral shoes collection for WHAT’S MORE ALIVE THAN YOU® has been inspired by natural forms within the local environment and the use of environmentally friendly materials and fabrics; as well as through my work placements for British-based designers Julien Macdonald and Erdem. I aim to work for a pioneering fashion house with the long-term objective of pushing forward the boundaries of conceptual and contemporary design.
Victoria proves her true passion for nature in her choice of textures, colours, and materials. Her idea takes a cue from the surrounding world and translates into a tiny collection of elegant, 100% environment-friendly shoes.
THIS IS MY ARTWORK – FLORAL SHOES COLLECTION
A small collection of floral shoes 100% natural. Upper made of organic cotton printed with water colors in different textures, one for each United Kingdom Queen.
The peculiarities of this artwork are just the textures, drawn from a photographic base; these dress completely the models with the exception of the sole. The design is so visible from every angle, and wears both the plant and the heel of the shoe, as if you were wearing a flower vase. The installation of the product is made completely by hand to make sure that every part of the design matches as possible.
The form (shape) of the shoe is ergonomic, patent owned Wmaty s.r.l. and ensures a strong comfort for these models with 105 mm heel. The ergonomic shape of the shoe in fact allows you to distribute more evenly the weight of the body both when walking and standing position; the materials used for the insole and the lining were designed and realized to provide stability of the foot without pressure.
Two models in 4 textures. A decolleté with curved heel which design is taken in front with a point upwards and a boot from the same rounded shape made of just two pieces shaped on tip.
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A sustainable bus waiting booth in Ningbo South Business District, China, designed by Shanghai-based design agency Yang-Design has won the Red Dot Design Award 2010.
A unique feature of this bus waiting booth is that it uses solar energy to power its electronic screen that displays the bus schedules. The bus waiting booth system is divided into three units, so that modular can be increased or decreased according to the need. The sustainable modular design enables to reduce maintenance. The two rising benches provide enough standing space for many commuters.
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