Artist owned and operated, bi-coastal effects boutique Brickyard VFX recently completed compositing, color grading, and CG work on a new spot for Sprintâ€™s webOS Palm Pixi â€“ a smartphone that falls squarely into the â€˜for funâ€™ camp. Titled â€œPass the Pixi,â€? the spot was directed by the Snorri Brothers of The Cartel for agency Modernista! and first aired November 17 in North America.
Set to Passion Pitâ€™s â€œLittle Secretsâ€? track, the spot sets a sunny, high-energy vibe where the Pixi is the center of the social universe. The sleek device holds center screen throughout and is shot from the userâ€™s perspective, instantly changing its function and look to serve each hipster who grasps and shares it. The motion is continual and perfectly beat-timed, as the Pixi rotates, orients vertically and horizontally, and flips between personalized cases, cheerfully adapting to each userâ€™s fancy. Texting, watching video, making calls, sharing photos, navigating with a GPS â€“ thereâ€™s no mistaking that the Pixi is a device to be enjoyed. Thereâ€™s not a briefcase in sight.
To keep the action focused on the Pixi, the spot was shot with the device tethered into place by a rig, with the actors shot from the point of view of the current user, at the same time. While this approach helped the Snorri Brothers create a highly personal perspective, it also left them with some fairly complex rig removal challenges.
It was there that Brickyard lent its handiwork. Since the Pixi was at the center of every shot, so was the rig. Removing it, however, meant that parts of the hands holding the Pixi, which were shown front and center, would need to be recreated for many shots. Brickyard VFX Supervisor Geoff McAuliffe and his team used reference photos and shot HD footage of hands to re-create seamlessly.
Brickyard also created composites for each screen shown on the Pixi â€“ a critical element which illustrated the multitude of applications and functions the device can handle. As a finishing touch, Brickyard also created a Kodachrome-like color palette to carry forth the directorsâ€™ concept of a comfortable, social environment and apply it across the spot.
About Brickyard VFX
Located in Boston and Santa Monica, Brickyard VFX is an independent visual effects boutique specializing in top quality visual effects from 3D characters through to compositing. Artist owned and operated, the company was founded in 1999 to bring clients a level of customer service, craftsmanship and focus difficult to find at facilities today. Brickyardâ€™s creative expertise on set and in the studio has been applied to model, animate, light, texture, track, color correct and render seamless digital effects for Pontiac, Bud Light, T-Mobile, NBA, Visa, Sprint and many other accounts. For more information, please call Brickyard VFX Pacific at (310) 453-5722, Brickyard VFX Atlantic at (617) 262-3220, or visit www.brickyardvfx.com.
Agency Producer: Chris Perry
Executive Creative Director: Gary Koepke
Creative Director: Tim Vaccarino
Art Director: Michael Tabtabai
Prod. Company: The Cartel
Director: Snorri Bros.
Line Producer: Rhonda Vernet
Executive Coordinator: Christa Miles
Editorial Company: Lost Planet Editorial
Editor: Max Koepke
Audio Company: Soundtrack Boston
Audio Engineer: Mike Secher
Executive VFX Producer: Kirsten Andersen
VFX Producer: Amy Appleton
Lead VFX Artist: Geoff McAuliffe
VFX Artist: Jimi Simmons
VFX Artist: Sean McLean
VFX Artist: Jaime Fortuno-Lavin
VFX Artist: Robin Hobart
VFX Artist: Gina Downing
Lead 2D Compositing: Geoff McAuliffe
2D Compositing: Jimi Simmons, Sean McLean
Lead Rotoscope Artist: Gina Downing