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KILT recently completed color and finish work for the Maroon 5 video Maps. The video unites Maroon 5 and KILT again. The initial meeting resulted in the highest rated Maroon 5 video of all time  - One More Night.


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The art direction of the spots were an homage to the early 1960’s car ad. The obvious artifice of the ads was part of the charm. The integration of the backgrounds was more about the humor of the scene rather than the finding the true integration of reality.

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KILT "Maps" with Maroon 5

The latest video unites KILT and Maroon 5 Again

KILT recently completed color and finish work for the Maroon 5 video Maps. The video unites Maroon 5 and KILT again. The initial meeting resulted in the highest rated Maroon 5 video of all time  - One More Night.


Maps is the first of a trilogy of videos taken from the latest effort from Maroon 5 V. The videos thread an interconnected storyline with Adam Levine as the lead carrying the videos.


In Maps, the story plays sequentially from the end to the beginning. The action moves in real time but the story transitions from one scene to the next. The motion of the camera or a light flare easily and seamlessly moves the viewer through the story.


“We didn’t want the transitions to detract from the overall story. The transitions needed to be integral and motivated so not feel ad hoc,” said Andy Mac – Creative Director of KILT.


Andy Mac also brought his nuanced eye to the color. The grade is very real and not over done. Music video work can at times be …

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COORS LIGHT EXLPORES WITH KILT STUDIOS

KILT Finishes the Latest Round of Adverts for Calvary and Coors Light

CULVER CITY, CA - COORS LIGHT tapped KILT Studios for its 3rd venture in the Explorer Campaign. The campaign finds a couple of intrepid explorers deep within the cold. In this iteration, our Coors Light Explorers find themselves swimming deep the waters of the Arctic and flying through the Swiss Alps on wingsuits. The adverts were directed by Peter Berg of Pony Show Entertainment. The spots are currently running nationally.


The two spots, Scuba and Wingsuit, find the explorers in a very remote arenas to then find an …

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ABOUT US | Kilt Studios offers integrated and intelligent visual effects solutions that are a seamless part of the storytelling process. Working directly with the discerning creative visionaries who produce content from the earliest stage of ideation— the Kilt Studios team knows what it takes to create elite effects in the most efficient, effective way possible from inception to delivery.


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July 18, 2013

Time to Stop

MyOp | Matthew McManus

KILT recently traveled to Yosemite National Park to shoot backgrounds for a promo commercial for an upcoming television premiere. The background shoot was part of our solution to the project - how to create realistic backgrounds in 3D given a limited timeframe - we start with reality. I had been to the Park before though it had been years. The opportunity to go was very exciting.


As I can only speak for myself, I forget sometimes what a treat it is to live in California. A short 5 hour drive on the backside of the Sierra Mountain Range and we are on the edge of Yosemite National Park. Though the valley floor is canonized in the mythology of the American West with the photographs of Ansel Adams, the park holds so much more. The north side of the park has sweeping meadows, starkly, large rock formations and the reason we went, hidden lakes of pristine water and unspeakable beauty.


Our time there was short. Just a full day to get what we needed. But in that day we found ourselves truck in awe in what we had experienced. In my mind, it is not necessarily remarkable that the scene exists as there are beautiful places all over the world, but that the scene still is able to exist. That the landscape is not dotted with homes, overtaken by sponsorships (The Target Tuolumne Meadows) and ruined by our own indifference. In our daily lives we have have homes propped on hillsides. Our museums and art can exist only with the aid of large corporations. Our streets are filled with changing ads vying for our attention.


There is something to be said that a landscape so striking, such a part of our heritage as a nation, can exist with little interference, hinderance. To simply sit and watch, not record, not post, and see the magnificence of our world is wonderful opportunity and one that we should not take for granted. As our world is filled every sort of interruption, I was fortunate to have the time, though short, to remember to stop.

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The team at Kilt Studios knows that it is essential to bring a blend of elite artistry, technical prowess and a strategic eye to achieve powerful visual effects storytelling. They also know they are competing with others around the world that seek to commoditize the visual effects role. That is precisely why Kilt Studios arrived on the scene more than five years ago. The brainchild of Andrew MacDonald (or Andy Mac, as he is known) and Matthew McManus, Kilt Studios has thrived by staying true to the idea that magic happens when creativity and technical acumen combine. Taking it a step further, MacDonald and his team are hands-on well before the post-production phase even begins to ensure that work is done with the utmost efficiency.


A six-foot-tall Englishman with dreadlocks and a sharp wit, MacDonald is a world-renowned visual effects (VFX) supervisor and creative director. He has built his reputation on a commitment to artistic excellence and a collaborative approach in the production process. As co-founder of Kilt Studios alongside McManus, MacDonald works closely with top industry talent – including admired directors and producers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Barry Sonnenfeld and Peter Berg – to create effects for marquee brands including Acura, Capital One and MillerCoors.


Prior to Kilt Studios, he served as creative director at METHOD/RIOT and at CreoCollective. MacDonald’s background also includes a key role with Digital Domain as a senior visual effects supervisor, in which he was instrumental in the creation of classic spots for Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Isuzu, MCI and several others. His work has been recognized with countless industry honors.


MacDonald began his career as a post-production artist, working through such London post-production companies as Rushes, The Mill and Moving Picture Company. He went on to found several companies of his own, spanning a diverse range of creative and technical services. One of them, Hughes MacDonald, is distinguished for being the first independent visual effects firm in London.


MacDonald is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Association (BAFTA). Notably, Queen Elizabeth II recently invited him for a BAFTA reception at Windsor Palace. Born in England, MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coventry Polytechnic.



Industry Awards

Slim Jim “Seagulls” - AICP Award Finalist 2013

Activision Call of Duty “Vet vs. N00b” - 2011 Grand Effie Award

MGM Grand “Illusion” - Shoot Magazine Top Ten VFX Ads, Fall 2008

Hyundai “World on Its Head” - Shoot Magazine Spot of the Week, June 2007

Patanol - Best of TV in Archive Magazine, 2005

Coca-Cola "Jitterbug" - CLIO Award, Computer Animation Gold, May 1999

Pepsi "Goose" - Cannes International Advertising Festival Bronze Lion, June 1998

Isuzu "Giant" - AICP Awards Short List Nominations, June 1998  

Pepsi "Goose" - CLIO Awards - Visual Effects Gold, Computer Animation Silver, May 1998

Isuzu “Giant” - CLIO Awards - Visual Effects Bronze, May 1998

Toyota "Solero" - The Golden Lemon Visual Effects Award, 1997


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While the visual effects industry is being economically squeezed and some agencies are attempting to commoditize the craft, Kilt Studios has thrived by staying true to the idea that magic happens when creativity and technical acumen combine. More than five years ago, Matthew McManus co-founded this independent visual effects company on the premise that craft and technology are equally important drivers to quality work. And when paired with McManus’ trusted expert guidance, powerful visual storytelling is brought to life in the most efficient way possible. In fact, the company has come to be known among advertising masterminds and filmmakers as a true strategic sounding board, starting in pre-production – almost unheard of for a “post-production” solution.


McManus is an 18-year veteran of the commercial production and post-production community. He and Andy MacDonald (Andy “Mac”) co-founded Kilt Studios in 2009 as a strategic, integrated visual effects solution for production companies, advertising agencies, studios and advertisers. As CEO, McManus oversees the day-to-day management of the company but will never remove himself from his first love -- the creative process. To date, McManus has produced more than 1,000 projects with clients including Pepsi, Nissan, Toyota, Nike, Coca-Cola, Boeing, MillerCoors and Budweiser, to name a few. McManus and MacDonald know what it takes to advise and inspire elite directors and producers – in many cases household-name stars themselves – with collaborative results that are on time, on budget and artistically on point.


Prior to founding Kilt Studios, McManus held executive producer roles with both Riot and Radium. Earlier in his career, he served as head of production for commercial production houses Fahrenheit Films, M-80 and Bedford Falls.


Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, McManus began his career at Dream Quest, which was uniquely situated as a production and post-production company at the dawn of the digital VFX era. While there, he coordinated, produced and finished a wide range of projects. McManus is a graduate from the University of Delaware.



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