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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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October 8, 2011


MyOp | Matthew McManus

Kilt Studios announces Maze. A professional color grading solution for motion captured on DSLRs. The process removes the ‘video’ quality of the image and brings into a format professional grading tools can utilize. Through Maze digital still camera footage is transformed to act and look more like film through the color correction and finishing process.

Maze enables directors and cinematographers to maintain the quality of image they have become accustomed too without losing the versatility and freedom recording from a still camera can provide.

The Maze process developed like many systems out of necessity. “Directors approached us and asked how can i make this better?” says Kilt’s co-founder Andy Mac. “We asked the question  - what are it’s drawbacks? Aside from how its recorded what are the differences from film? We had to look at the limitations of the technology and find a way to address those issues.” asking the questions from the base level allowed Kilt to manage each stage of the process.

DSLRs captures footage at a fairly high compression rate. The compression can create some digital noise over the image. Maze reduces the noise in the image especially around he edges of an object or person. It takes away some of the video crispness. The rolling shutter reduces the motion blur normally found in film. The image feels off. Taking each in context, Maze processes the scene with motion blur in 3D space. The analysis give the scenes the proper motion with foreground action having more blur attached to the image than that of the background.

The combination of elements renders a beautiful image that can then move to a professional workflow environment. For more information and specific case studies, please contact Margaux Mackay or Matthew McManus at Kilt.

Kilt Studios is a full service boutique, post-production studio in the heart of Culver City. We provide content at the highest level of achievement and truly partner with filmmakers to find solutions to creative questions.



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MacDonald served as creative director at METHOD/RIOT and previously at CreoCollective. He has built his reputation and staff around the idea of artistic excellence and innovation. His background also includes service at Digital Domain as a senior visual effects supervisor. Collaborating with the top filmmakers in advertising, MacDonald was instrumental in the creation of classic spots for Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Isuzu, MCI and many other advertisers. His work was recognized by numerous awards including four Clios, a Bronze Lion at Cannes and several AICP Awards for excellence.

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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