-- Brickyard VFX, a bi-coastal VFX and animation studio, and General Gau, its in-house arm for custom character-based content, recently completed work on JetBlue Airways' "
" campaign via Mullen. The three-spot campaign engages viewers and conveys the JetBlue experience in a fresh and witty way -- through pigeons, the ultimate "frequent fliers," discussing the desire to be treated with some respect and humanity amid the plights of modern air travel. The spots launched this fall in Boston.
Brickyard's main task was creating entirely CG pigeons for the opening soaring shots in :60 "Air on the Side of Humanity" and :30 "Grounded." General Gau's Anders Beer filmed hero plates of the pigeons and provided on-set VFX supervision. Then Brickyard and General Gau artists, led by Geoff McAuliffe and Beer, created two digital hero pigeons using Autodesk Maya with V-Ray. The team also composited plates of real pigeons, captured against a green screen, throughout these two spots and the third spot, :30 "Out of the Blue."
"Offering flexibility was key in this project, in order to successfully illustrate the different stories," said Brickyard VFX executive producer Kirsten Andersen. "Some shots just required compositing in the real pigeons, some shots required compositing in the real pigeons plus making a subtle change, such as the direction one pigeon's head was pointing, and then some shots just couldn't be achieved through live action and required full CG. Our talented team delivered whatever was needed."
The "Air on the Side of Humanity" campaign marks Brickyard's latest collaboration with Mullen for JetBlue, a relationship dating back several years, and with Hungry Man director Hank Perlman, who recently tapped Brickyard to develop the first fully CG Chester Cheetah for a nationwide Cheetos campaign.
About Brickyard VFX
Brickyard is a digital production studio skilled in high-end visual effects, animation, design and creative development for advertising, feature films and emerging media. With shops in Boston and Santa Monica, Brickyard is artist-centric at the core, fostering a close collaboration of not only artist-to-director but the entire creative team. Within a cozy eclectic production space, Brickyard assembles a customized crew of designers, animators, and compositors for every project. For company information please contact Kirsten with Brickyard VFX Atlantic at (617) 262-3220 or Jeff with Brickyard VFX Pacific at (310) 453-5722, or visit
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Credits: JetBlue "Air on the Side of Humanity"
Agency: Mullen SVP, Executive Creative Director: Tim Vaccarino SVP, Executive Creative Director: Dave Weist SVP, Group Creative Director: Dylan Bernd Senior Copywriter: Jack Collier Senior Art Director: Dan Madsen Executive Director of Integrated Production: Liza Near Director of Broadcast: Zeke Bowman Agency Producer: Vera Everson
Production Company: Hungry Man Director: Hank Perlman Executive Producer: Mino Jarjoura Producer: Martha English Production Supervisor: Lucy Sheridan Director of Photography: Tom Richmond
Visual Effects: Brickyard VFX VFX Executive Producer: Kirsten Andersen Lead VFX Artist: Geoff McAuliffe VFX Artists: Andy Diefenbach, Peter Bullis, Robin Hobart, Gina Downing, Jimi Simmons, Kevin McDonald, Sean Mclean Digital Artist: Evan E. Richards
Character Design and Animation Co.: General Gau Animation Director: Anders J.L. Beer Animator: Brian White, Evan Richards CG Supervisor: Brian White