Infiniti FX: “Storm”

ROLE: Senior Flame Artist / VFX Compositor
VENDOR: Digital Domain
CLIENT: Infiniti
DIRECTOR: Nick Robertson

This was the second Infiniti spot I had the privilege of working on at DD. To date, it’s still one of my favorites of the shodo ink Infiniti series.

This time, the premise is a smooth ride through a hurricane … literally.

With plates shot in China, the team created a beautiful turbulent storm to enshroud the Infiniti FX vehicle. Everything started with overcast plates, sometimes precipitous, but never fully raining.

The entire stormfront had to be fabricated … from tempestuous clouds and wind-swept rain, to lightning strikes and crashing waves on a matte painted shoreline.

My primary contribution was to the interior shots, building 2.5D storm environments through a mountain pass, visible through the front and driver’s side window. The challenge was to create a frightening storm on the outside, while maintaining a meditative peace on the inside.

I also added crashing waves and churning mist to a handful of exterior driving shots.

Infiniti QX: “Discover”

ROLE: Senior Flame Artist / VFX Compositor / Matte Painter
VENDOR: Digital Domain
CLIENT: Infiniti

This is the first shodo ink Infiniti spot I had the privilege of working on for Digital Domain.

Although not quite as visually ground-breaking as the original “Master Driver” and “G-Line” spots that preceded it, this one instead placed its emphasis on the practical navigation and safety features that Infiniti has innovated for their QX line.

Visual razzle dazzle was unnecessary. The side and rear cameras and collision warning system were impressive technologies all on their own.

I handled the car clean-up and beauty work, exterior matte paintings (mainly rock-laden environments and wide shots of country roads), interior comps of exterior 2.5D meadow settings, and shodo brush strokes for the overhead birds shot, as well as the introductory wide shot.