Super Bowl 2018 | Doritos: “Doritos Blaze vs. Mountain Dew Ice”

ROLE: Senior Flame Artist / VFX Compositor
VENDOR: The Mill
AGENCY: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

This was a great way to start out 2018, super-bowling with Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman. CG ice and matte painted rooms, creatively art directed for maximum sizzle and cool. I handled most of the ice’d wide shots of Morgan, as well as his icy breath. Too bad “Game of Thrones” went off the rails in its final season, and Morgan had to end up on the wrong side of “Me Too.” With the passage of time, it puts a whole different spin on this spot. Music by Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot.

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Gatorade: “Moving the Game Forward”

ROLE: Lead Flame Artist / VFX Compositor
VENDOR: The Mill
DIRECTOR: Max Malkin

Gatorade moves the game forward with this athletic showcase from all sports disciplines.

Although mostly invisible, this spot had a tremendous amount of work done on it, from CG stadiums and crowds, matte paintings of various worldwide locations, the addition of trophies, some of which weren’t allowed to be photographed, literal ring bling, and all around uniform clean-up. I don’t think there was a shot that wasn’t touched and retouched.

I contributed numerous odds and ends to this spot. But my two largest sequences were Lionel Massi and Elena Delle Donne.

The former required an entire rebuild of the shot, due to client dissatisfaction with the plate’s original photography, which was shot on greenscreen. This included a CG crowd and stadium, more photographers, camera flashes, confetti, the alteration of security uniforms, and a cleaner, shinier trophy.

The latter needed crowd replication, stolen from alternate takes, and multiple handheld face posters of Delle Donne to replace the practical ones shot on the day. Both tasks were tricky, thanks to the dynamic photography, the barrage of camera flashes, and the frantically waving posters, which all needed to be hand tracked.

I also did some crowd replacements for the football shot in the rain, as well as enhanced the ring bling, and tidied up the end shot uniforms.

Dr. Pepper: “Thor”

ROLE: Senior Flame Artist / VFX Compositor
VENDOR: Digital Domain
CLIENT: Dr. Pepper

This Dr. Pepper spot was first conceived for the Super Bowl, but through the powers-that-be, instead revised to be a cross-promotion to coincide with the May release of Marvel’s “Thor.”

As such, the spot benefited from better footage to choose from, as many FX shots from the film had yet-to-be completed, improved integration with the film (the Destroyer’s fire beam was originally a lightning bolt from Thor), and an opportunity to further revise the sky replacements and storm composites.

I handled the Flame duties, while compositors Sven Dreesback and Arthur Argote took on a majority of the Nuke work.

My primary Flame tasks were removal of unwanted awning poles, street lights, and trees, plate blending for multiple takes of Stan Lee, minor beauty work on Lee, and the standard keeping of the conform. I also handled some Nuke shots, further refining composite edges of talent for sky replacements, as well as updated comps to accommodate new takes.