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KILT completed an eight spot campaign for Acura and the web based TV show, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The campaign of spots were shot against process with a small foreground set element. KILT then designed and created the backgrounds for each of the spots.

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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Jerry Seinfeld Redefines Car Ads with his Homage to 1960 Automotive Advertising

KILT STUDIOS with Pony Show Entertainment recently completed an eight spot campaign for Acura and Jerry Seinfeld’s web based program, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The adverts were directed by Barry Sonenfeld of the Men In Black fame. The commercials were an homage to the early 1960’s car ad with it’s obvious artifice in selling the car. The campaign of spots launched in early January on the web based program.

Acura sponsors Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The agency of record for Acura, Mullen, was very much involved, but the campaign was penned by the writing on the show. The ads are creatively different than the rest of the campaigns and were specifically designed for the tongue and cheek nature of the show.

KILT was responsible for designing and implementing the backgrounds for the campaign. Each of the spots was shot on stage against green screen. KILT then composited the scene once the look was approved.

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Call of Duty is Grand Effie Winner

"The Vet and the N00b" and 72andSunny Take Home 2013 North American Grand Effie

New York, NY - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 advert, “The Vet and the N00b” and 72andSunny have won the 2013 North American Effie Award. The spot launched in late in 2011 and early 2012 was directed by Peter Berg with Pony Show Entertainment with the post handled by KILT Studios. The “Vet and the N00b” promoted the Call of Duty brand to a billion dollars in sales in just 16 days shattering previous campaigns.

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CULVER CITY, CA, August 3, 2011 –  Boutique post-production studio KILT Studios completes BOOST Mobile campaign with iNSPRIRE! and Man of Fire with Bop Bag. The spot, directed by Francisco Pugliese of D’Avant Garde Media, shows a boxer in the shape of a punching bag being trounced by his sparring partner. The powerful visual metaphor illustrates how with other mobile carriers, customers are abused, but with BOOST Mobile the customer – or boxer in this case –is freed and is in control of his mobile universe.The narrative of the spot is very strong  with the boxer confined to the shape of a punching bag capturing the viewer’s imagination. As the commercial progresses, the punching bag transitions to a human as arm pop out of either side of the bag and the  had and neck shrink down. The rest of the body transitions in a final sequence, and our boxer begins to fight back now empowered by Boost Mobile.

The boxer/punching bag was created in CG. The texture of the bag took on human qualities pushed into cylinder form. The actor shot against process screen reacted as if he as being hit, while  the sparring partner on set hit an actual bag to ensure that there was the proper resistance and timing to an actual punching bag. The bag was removed digitally and replaced by the CG bag.

The resulting image shows the CG bag reacting realistically to the hits of the sparring partner. “The humor really came across when the actors’ eyes crossed upon being hit,” said KILT’s Creative Director, Andy Mac. “The interplay of the actor’s performance with the action of the bag gave the story life.”

Much of the success of the spot was due to the preparation before the shoot. “We wanted to be sure the elements really matched to what our eventual art direction would be,” explained Executive Producer, Matthew McManus. “A lot of time was spent talking with the director and the agency to ensure that everyone was on the same page. That kind of dialogue prior to the shoot makes things a lot easier on the post side.”

The arms of the bag prior to the boxer becoming human were also created in CG. The motion of the bag determined the animation of the arms. “To try and use an element from live action would have never worked. The edit and animation would have had to been locked prior to shooting the shoot. So we would know what angles we needed to match to, and that just was not possible. You always want flexibility later on in the process” said Andy Mac.

For the final transition moment, KILT had to match the live action element from 3D. “It was no easy task,” said Andy Mac, “We had to not only match the position of the live action basically roto animating, but art direct the transitional elements. The transition was meant to have seamless aspects to it while still very clearly on screen see the transition from bag to human.”

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Born in England, MacDonald earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coventry Polytechnic. He 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, was the first independent visual effects firm in London.


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Patanol - Best of TV in Archive Magazine 2005

Coca Cola "Jitterbug" - Clio Award May 1999 - Computer Animation Gold

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