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Mothership Director David Rosenbaum Creates Winter Fantasies for Infiniti

Mothership director David Rosenbaum has teamed up with ad agency TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles on a cinematic two-spot effort for Infiniti.

Press Release from Mothership

Venice, CA -- Mothership director David Rosenbaum has teamed up with ad agency TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles on a cinematic two-spot effort for Infiniti. To promote Infiniti's Winter Sales Event, the festive commercials highlight the Infiniti G Sedan's ability to handle the most challenging driving conditions -- and an average Joe's winter revenge fantasy. The 30-second spots "Inspired" and "Competitive" also tap the visual effects expertise of Mothership sister company Digital Domain.

The agency turned to Rosenbaum to add a charming human quality to the spots, while leveraging his experience directing automobile ads and working with visual effects. In "Competitive," when an average Joe leaves for work, his neighbor's bratty kids pelt him with snowballs. "See you at work!" says his annoying neighbor. The man uses his impressive snowball-making skills to exert sweet revenge. As the glacier-sized mass rolls through the sleepy mountain town, the man zips down precipitous roads in his Infiniti G-Sedan. When he pulls up to parallel park, the snow boulder rolls over his neighbor's BMW, taking it away and leaving a convenient empty parking space.

In "Inspired," the man rolls a seemingly innocuous snowball down a mountain. As he hops into his Infiniti, the ball picks up speed and girth. The man drives down an icy winding road, deftly dodging the ball -- which, at this point, has grown to twice the size of the vehicle. As the man arrives at his destination, the boulder-sized ball hits a grouping of trees and explodes, creating a beautifully magical impromptu snowstorm. Both spots leveraged the economies of repurposing some live-action and VFX shots to tell two entirely different stories.

Rosenbaum and his production team spent three days on location at the Whistler Blackcomb resort in Vancouver shooting the live-action and overseeing the visual and special effects. Back at Digital Domain in LA, Rosenbaum and VFX Supervisor James Atkinson worked with a team of around 17 artists to create the massive CG snowball and its tracks in the snow, digital snow banks and environments, snow flurries, and the snow 'explosion' in the "Inspired" spot.

"When you're working with VFX, it becomes all the more important to be a good communicator so the agency team can visualize the set-up you're trying to achieve," said Rosenbaum. "The agency has to take a leap of faith with you -- and I was very fortunate that TBWA\Chiat\Day entrusted me and allowed me and my team at Digital Domain to creatively interpret their story."

About MothershipMothership creates transmedia advertising, branded content, and entertainment. The creative studio represents top global creative talent--directors, designers, fine artists, animators, individuals and boutiques, who blend live action and computer graphics to create new visual realities. Founded as a sister company to Digital Domain, Mothership has access to the resources and expertise of a large, established studio. Mothership talent taps into these resources to develop the content, strategies and campaigns that take ideas from concept through completion, to roll out brand experiences across multiple media platforms.

Credits for INFINITI WinterTitles: :30 "Inspired" / :30 "Competitive"Airdates: 11/15/10 "Inspired"11/18/10 "Competitive"

Agency: TBWA\Chiat\Day / Los Angeles, CAChief Creative Officer: Rob SchwartzGlobal Creative Director: Kerry FeuermanCreative Directors: Patrick Condo, Bob RayburnCopywriter: Chris DeNinnoArt Director: Chase MadirdSenior Producer: David HoogenakkerExecutive Producer: Richard O'NeillManaging Director: Walt SmithAccount Director: : Dan Pardo

Production Company: Mothership / Venice, CAPresident: Ed UlbrichExecutive Producer: Tanya CohenDirector: David RosenbaumProducer: Julien LemaitreDirector of Photography: Mattias Montero

Visual Effects: Digital Domain / Venice, CAPresident of Commercial Division: Ed UlbrichExecutive Producer: Jim RicheVFX Supervisor: James AtkinsonCG Supervisor: Lee CarltonVFX Producer: Nicola WisemanVFX Coordinator: Stephanie EscobarMatte painter: Dark HoffmanHoudini fx artist: Youngsam SuhMaya fx artists: Wayne Hollingsworth, Ken JonesLighting: Kenny JacksonRoto artist: Hilery CopelandFlame Compositors: Jeff Heusser, Lisa TomeiNuke Compositors: Robin Graham, Beejin TanTracking: Michael LoriOn-set integration: Jesse James Chisolm

Editorial: Cut + Run / Los Angeles, CAEditor: Dan SwietlikProducer: Kendra Scott

Music: Elias Arts / Santa Monica, CASound Design: Play Studios / Santa Monica, CA

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