Digital Domain, Tron: Legacy Director Reunite for BMW

Fresh off the heels of "TRON: Legacy," Digital Domain joined forces once again with the team behind the film -- director Joe Kosinski and editor Jim Haygood -- on a new :30 spot for BMW via Grey West.

Fresh off the heels of "TRON: Legacy," Digital Domain joined forces once again with the team behind the film -- director Joe Kosinski and editor Jim Haygood -- on a new :30 spot for BMW via Grey West. Titled "Refuel," the spot brings back the brand's beloved tagline, "The Ultimate Driving Machine."

To promote the incredible fuel efficiency (and speed!) of the BMW 5 series, the spot features the car blazing down a long stretch of desert highway as a massive Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker appears overhead. The plane descends and a hatch opens. A long fuel dispenser reaches toward the BMW 5-series' open sunroof as an arm appears, coffee mug in hand, ready to receive a caffeine fill-up -- way before the BMW, which gets 32mpg, requires one.

Digital Domain built the entire KC-135 digitally after conducting an intricate survey of the actual plane, obtaining reference photos and the plane's physical dimensions, as well as researching actual videos of KC-135 plane landings. The digital production team, led by VFX Supervisor Eric Barba (VFX Supervisor on "TRON: Legacy") then worked closely with Kosinski to determine stall speed and the kinds of real interactions that would take place between the car and the ground to make the spot wholly believable.

Barba's team took care to ensure the tracking was just right, so the camera matches precisely with the live-action to maintain believability. Digital Domain also added atmospheric effects -- exhaust, heat coming off engines, and dust, as well as some sky replacement.

Production Credits

BMW "Refuel"Directed by: Joe Kosinski

Agency: Grey WestExecutive Creative Director: Jack FundCreative Director: Michael WildeProducer: Florence BabbittAccount Director: Duccio Brandonisio

Production Company: Anonymous ContentDirector: Joe KosinskiExecutive Producer: Jeff BaronHead of Production: SueEllen ClairProducer: Julien LemaitreProduction Supervisor: Jeff MichaelDirector of Photography: Alwin Küchler

Animation & Visual Effects by: Digital DomainPresident of commercial Division: Ed UbrichExecutive Producer: Tanya CohenVFX Supervisor: Eric BarbaCG Supervisor: Tim JonesVFX Producer: Kait BoehmVFX Coordinator: Cedric WilliamsDigital Artist: Hnedel MaximoreDigital Artist: Brian CreaseyDigital Artist: Derek CrosbyFlame Artist: Lisa TomeiCompositor: Kym OlsenCompositor: Dan CobbettTracking: Michael LoriOn Set Tracking: Marco Maldonado

Editing By: Union EditorialPresident/Executive Producer: Michael RaimondiEditor: Jim HaygoodAssistant Editor: Dylan Firshein

Sound Design by: Mit Out SoundSound Designer: Ren KlyceSound Design Producer: Misa Kageyama

Sound Mixing by: Lime StudiosMixer: Loren SilberAssistant Mixer: Lindsey Alvarez

Rick DeMott's picture

___________
Rick DeMott
Animation World Network
Director of Content
Creator of Rick's Flicks Picks

Tags