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Moving Headline News

MPC Does the ‘Hustle’

Ron Scalpello of BBC Broadcast has directed a series of trailers (1 x 60 secs, 1 x 40 secs and 3 x 20 secs and 3 x 5 secs) for Abbott Mead Vickers promoting the new BBC One drama HUSTLE. Visual effects and postproduction were carried out at Moving Picture Co. (MPC).

The series concentrates on a group of charismatic confidence tricksters in the business of making money. The trailers themselves introduce the five main characters: Albert, Stacie, Ash and Danny, with each persons particular traits being described by Mickey, their colleague, during the :60 trailer.

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HBO Taps twothousandstrong for 'Year-End Promo' Spot

HBO hired Venice, California-based design/production house twothousandstrong ( to produce an elegantly designed :60 retrospective promo spot. YEAR-END PROMO, broke during the premiere of ANGELS IN AMERICA, focuses on HBO's acclaimed series' THE SOPRANOS, SIX FEET UNDER, SEX & THE CITY and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.

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Mr. Bill Returns for Louisiana PSA

Mr. Bill, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's often crushed clay character, will be returning as a conservation spokesman in a Louisiana state public service announcement aimed at teaching people -- especially children -- how Louisiana is losing its coastal marshes and swamps, reported the ASSOCIATED PRESS. Launching next summer, the campaign will also feature Mr. Bill's gang of "Estuarians" -- Salty the Shrimp, Eddy the Eagle and others. "Mr. Bill America's Wetland World Tour" will be a Website featuring lessons, games and other activities.

Effects Headline News

DKP Produces VFX for ‘See the Town’ Internet Service Spot

Cossette Communications of Toronto came to nearby DKP Effects to do vfx honors for the Bell Sympatico high-speed Internet service spot titled SEE THE TOWN 310 FAST. Cossette was looking to create a world that didnt exist to support the metaphor of the Internet at high-speed, in which stores would be stylized versions of media-rich Websites. Each storefront was designed to be deep into the interactive content, and streets were perfectly clean to represent the DSL broadband service.

Spot Headline News

R!OT Manhattan Visualizes ‘Closer Than You Think’ GM Spot

R!OT Manhattan applied its artistic touch to turn New York City street scenes into Anytown, USA for a new spot promoting the GM Credit Card. Conceived by Mullen Advertising, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK promotes the cards benefits program through the story of a man who is being stalked by a growing fleet of General Motors vehicles.

Motion Headline News

Motion Analysis Makes Mo-Cap History With David Fincher Nike Spot

Motion Analysis Studios recently made motion capture history when they created a 50-foot-by-50-foot volume to capture motions of NFL stars Terrell Owens and Michael Vick for the Nike Gridiron commercial spot directed by David Fincher. This latest cutting-edge spot takes viewers right into the action of a digital football arena, complete with snow and a fantasy football team of 22 growling opponents.

Design Headline News

IOMEDIA Forges 3D Relationship With Rockwell

In continuing to define a new collaborative design and production strategy with the Rockwell Group, IOMEDIA has produced a series of presentations combining 3D animation, interactive design and video production for the Starhill Shopping and Entertainment Center located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Click 3x Animates Miller Lite Ads

Click 3x provided motion graphics design and post-production services for a series of ads for Miller Lite comparing its taste and carbohydrate content to Coors Light and Bud Light. Conceived by Ogilvy & Mather, New York, each of the 15-second spots presents a close-up image of beer being poured into a glass. Animated type echoes the voice-over as it cleverly asserts Miller Lite's advantages in terms of fewer carbs and better taste. Each spot ends with the tag, "Good Choice."

Books Headline News

Zoic Applies VFX to Launch of KIA's Amanti

To help independent advertising agency davidandgoliath launch KIA's new luxury sedan, Amanti, Anonymous Content director Jeffrey Plansker collaborated with award-winning Zoic Studios to apply visual effects expertise to BOOKS.

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Guru Makes Robin Rap For Fox Spot

When PWLC London was looking to create a rapping robin for its new Fox's biscuits campaign, it brought the script to Toronto's guru animation studio. Armed with only a sketch and a Snoop Dog reference, cd Frank Falcone and his team went to work on developing a 3D character that was not only hip hop fabulous, but kid (parent) friendly.

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Dieselfx Brings Wildfire to Life in Forest Service PSAs

Dieselfx provided design and vfx services to Foote, Cone & Belding Southern California and The Advertising Council for a new public service announcement about the dangers of wildfires. Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the National Assn. of State Foresters, the ad is part of the groups Firewise program meant to educate homeowners on how to protect their properties from fire.

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Cuppa Coffee Brands Noggin’s Teen Block

When The N, Noggins brand new teen block, put out an open call for four five-second network image spots and was planning on choosing two studios to create four promos. However, after submitting style-board concepts, Cuppa Coffee was awarded the entire job and expanded to include additional promos based on the strength of Cuppa Coffees unique creative branding.

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Moneyshots Throws Mid-Air Party for Shorty

Vfx studio Moneyshots recently completed work on SHORTY (Put it on the Floor), the new music video from director Gregory Dark. One of several songs created specially for the feature film LOVE DON'T COST A THING (opening Dec. 12, 2003), the video features the film's star, Nick Cannon, and hip hop stars Busta Rhymes, Chingy and Fat Joe.

Animation Headline News

Machinima Making New 3D Inroads on Spike TV's VGAs

Spike TV (a division of MTV Networks) will be airing animation created using ILL Clan Inc.s proprietary 3D animation technique called machinima. By modifying off-the-shelf computer game technology, the New York animation studio produces machinima in a fraction of the time it would take using typical computer animation techniques.

Digital Headline News

Rhinofx Wrap Sweet Spots for Pop’Ables

Rhinofx has reworked new M&M/Mars PopAbles candy ads, YIKES and SEPARATION ANXIETY, to play in theaters and on TV this holiday season. Director Harry Dorrington and his team designed an entirely CG-animated campaign. To adapt the campaign for the cinema, rhinofx re-rendered the spots in 2K and changed the aspect ratio and size. The challenge with this was keeping the candy looking real in the large formats extreme close ups.

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HRA Plays With Food for Branston Spot

Director Jerry Hibbert at Hibbert Ralph Animation (HRA) has turned out a new :30 commercial, JUGGLING BEETS, for Branston pickle/condiment products with some pretty fun visuals and a catchy soundtrack.

The commercial features Branston food products such as piccalilli, pickled onions and pickled beetroots, taking shape as fun faces and characters in sandwiches as people have fun preparing a snack. The preparers are never visible, keeping the focus on the food.

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Soho and groundzero Team on Fisherman’s Friend Spot

Toronto-based Soho and groundzero have teamed up to complete a series of CG commercials for Fisherman's Friend cough lozenges. The spots include :30 and :15 versions in English and French.

Tony Cleave, Soho creative director, said, Our mandate was clear -- reinforce the Fisherman's Friend brand while providing a visual platform to introduce a new Fisherman's Friend lozenge flavor.

Circus Headline News

3 Ring Circus Brands Greek Mega Channel

3 Ring Circus, a leading creative branding firm in Los Angeles, California, has re-launched the Mega Channel, the number one rated broadcast television network in Greece. Mega sought to solidify its position as a leader and trendsetter in the Greek market when it retained 3 Ring Circus to develop a new "look" for its re-launch.

CD Maziar Majd and exec producer John Sideropoulos hand-delivered the project and worked closely with Mega's in-house design department for implementation and support at their facilities in Greece.

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ATTIK, Ambience Drive Animated Scion Transformer Spot

ATTIK provided production details on its Scion TRANSFORMER spot, one of three :60 theatrical commercials conceived by ATTIK and produced by Sydney-based visual effects, animation and design company Ambience Entertainment. The animated spot is targeted specifically at young males in the U.S. and dramatically fictionalizes the evolution of Scion's first models, the Scion xA and xB, from robot form.

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Moneyshots QBs New NFL Reebok Spots

Moneyshots recently completed visual effects on a series of spots for Reebok featuring the NFL Summit Heavyweight Jacket and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Donavan McNabb. Directed by The Odiorne Brothers for Arnell Group, the 30- and 10-second spots were shot in Philadelphia over three days, and utilize a series of scenes connected by the winter breaths of Eagles players and fans.

Cartoon Headline News

Post-grad Students Do Ids for Cartoon Network U.K.

Cartoon Network U.K. has teamed up with animation students from the London Animation Studio at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, who have produced four high-quality IDs now airing across Europe on the channel.

Animation Headline News

Hornet Animates New Angels Campaign for BMW X5

Elevating its position as a leading 3D animation company, Hornet Inc. recently completed ANGELS, an advertising campaign for the new BMW X5 and Fallon Worldwide. The package includes TV, print, interactive, merchandising and point-of-sale elements for BMW.

People Headline News

Radium's McGowan Talks Trash in Hip Anti-Litter PSA

Ogilvy PR recently commissioned leading digital effects and design studio Radium to direct and design a hip anti-litter PSA. The PSA is part of the LA County Department of Public Works' efforts to inform people about the negative impact littering has on the environment.

Spot Headline News

Velocity Design Helps HBO Sunday Spots Come Home

Velocity Design Group in New York City has teamed up again with the creatives at HBO to craft the networks new Sunday night lineup branding campaign, making the networks stars sing the same tune Mel Tormes rendition of Comin Home. The song was selected after an extensive search for one that conveyed the desired mood and message. Scores of tapes were screened at Velocity and HBO to find the longest moments of serendipitous synchronicity.