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Digital Domain Helps Dodge Rebel Against the Sci-Fi Robot Future

Digital production studio Digital Domain was tapped by RSA director Carl Erik Rinsch to help Dodge envision what the future holds for those who love to drive.

Press Release from Digital Domain

Venice, CA--April 29, 2011--Digital production studio Digital Domain was tapped by RSA director Carl Erik Rinsch to help Dodge envision what the future holds for those who love to drive. Via ad agency Wieden + Kennedy Portland, the cinematic :60 spot "The Future of Driving" imagines a sci-fi universe where humans allow robots to brush our teeth and walk our dogs -- but refuse to hand over the keys to our cars. Digital Domain created this futuristic world, including its technologies, machines and cityscapes. The spot premiered online in mid-April. View it here.

"The Future of Driving" posits a frightening future in which the increasing reliance on technology has resulted in a human race devoid of independence -- where machines groom, feed and dress us. Animé-style smiling faces and the polite, ingratiating voice of technology appears in every digital screen and machine. One god-given right mankind refuses to relinquish, however, is the right to drive.

Digital Domain handled all the visual effects, 2D and 3D animation and motion graphics, including the design of all the holograms and fantasy user and gestural interfaces that populate this futuristic world. VFX Supervisor Jay Barton led the Digital Domain team, working closely with longtime Digital Domain collaborator Rinsch to design the look, color, tone and feel of the 'face' of technology and ensure its consistent implementation throughout this future world.

"It's always great teaming up with Carl because he has such a unique and distinct vision," said Barton. "This Dodge spot feels like an epic feature film experience -- it's darkly funny and within the first 30 seconds, we hope the viewer is already sick of seeing this saccharine digital mien beaming from every corner of the world. This enables the defiant act at the end to feel like rallying cry the viewer can relates to."

ABOUT DIGITAL DOMAINDigital Domain, founded in 1993 by film industry icons, is a multi-Academy© Award-winning digital production company. The company has created groundbreaking visuals for more than 80 movies, including Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and TRON: Legacy. A creative giant in advertising, Digital Domain works with top directors and has created some of the world's most memorable spots. The studio is continually pushing into new territory and is being recognized for its pioneering work in photo-real digital humans and productions that bring the worlds of movies, games, advertising and the web closer together. Digital Domain is headquartered in Venice, California with additional studios in Vancouver, San Francisco and Florida.


CLIENT: Chrysler Group, LLCPRODUCT: Dodge Charger 2011

AIR DATE for "Future" :30 TBDAIR DATE for "Future" :60 TBD

ADVERTISING AGENCY: Wieden + Kennedy / Portland, ORCreative Director: Aaron AllenCreative Director: Joe StaplesCopywriter: Brock KirbyArt Director: Matt MooreExecutive Producer: Ben GrylewiczProducers: Aime Graham, Endy HedmanAccount Executive: David Newsome

PRODUCTION COMPANY: RSA Films, Inc. / Los Angeles, CADirector: Carl Erik RinschDirector or Photography: Eric SteelbergLine Producer: Annie Johnson1st Assistant Director: Angela TortuProduction Supervisor: Bryan Mitchell

VISUAL EFFECTS: Digital Domain, Inc.President of Commercials, EP: Ed UlbrichEP/Head of Production: Jim RicheVisual Effects Supervisor: Jay BartonCG Supervisor: Ron HerbstVFX Producer: Nicola WisemanVFX Coordinator: Stephanie EscobarFlame Artists: Rob Winfield, Jeff Heusser, Les UmbergerLead Nuke Compositor: Rafael ColonNuke Compositors: Robert Tatum, John RodenRigging: Derek Crosby, Adrian DimondAnimation Supervisor: Rick GlennAnimation: Kevin CulhaneLighting Lead: David Liu3d Artists: Brian Creasey, Tyler EsselstromArt Director: Sil van der WoerdMotion Graphics Artist: Cody WilliamsMatte Painter: Zack MandtRoto Artist: Austin BrownOn Set Tracker: Jesse James ChisholmTracking: Michael Lori, Roxanne Zuckermann

EDITORIAL HOUSE: Final Cut, Santa MonicaEditor: Richard LearoydProducer: Suzy Ramirez

MUSIC HOUSE: Jesse NovakComposer: Jesse Novak

SOUND DESIGN: StimmungSound Designer: Gus Koven

AUDIO POST/MIX HOUSE: Lime Studios, Santa MonicaMixer: Joel WaterhouseProducer: Jessica Locke

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