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Nexus Sets Siege on Coke Super Bowl Spot

Nexus directors Fx & Mat have created an epic fantasy spot for Wieden + Kennedy Portland and Coca Cola which aired last night Sunday, 6 Feb to around 85 million people at the Super Bowl XLV.

Press Release from Nexus

Nexus directors Fx & Mat have created an epic fantasy spot for Wieden + Kennedy Portland and Coca Cola which aired last night Sunday, 6 Feb to around 85 million people at the Super Bowl XLV.

Nexus teamed with top VFX house Framestore to create a cinematic story of the clash of two cultures.  Set in an icy fantasy world, the spot sees an army of fearsome fire warriors poised to descend upon a peaceful community of ice-dwelling creatures.  Accompanying the warriors is a huge fire-breathing dragon, which leaves a burning path of destruction in its wake and little doubt as to the outcome for the defenceless villagers.

Outstanding landscapes, beautiful compositions and well-choreographed action scenes build towards a striking yet unexpected denouement. A sculpted ice- dragon is left at the castle gates to face the fiery dragon. With one blazing breath from the dragon, the ice sculpture melts to reveal a bottle of Coca Cola, which is consumed quickly by the angry creature.  Leading the charge, the warrior General gestures for the dragon to attack the battlements of the castle but instead of emitting a giant fireball, the dragon expels an explosion of harmless fireworks into the air.  Confused and defenceless, the army beats a hasty retreat leaving the villagers to celebrate their victory with Coca Cola.

With an extremely fast turnaround to create a 60 second full CG spot, FX & Mat began by developing all character and environment designs with a team of concept artists.  

Nexus then began collaborating with the team at Framestore, reaching a crew of sixty artists at one point, all taken from their core commercials crew, film VFX team, Icelandic office and freelancers.

These talented artists worked to produce the project’s vast quantity of data which spanned just about every form of CG: furry creatures, fleshy beings, metal armour, vast crowds, fire, smoke, fireworks and entirely CG environments.

Fx & Mat said of the spot:  "We really wanted to make an epic film in the tradition of the amazing concept designs of the fantasy art world. We applied a painterly look to this CG film, making sure the final matte paintings retained the energy of the initial speed paintings, keeping them rough at some points. We also treated the characters and the dragon with a slight softness in their texture, in order to blend them well with the backgrounds. Despite the time restraints, this was a great project to direct, largely thanks to the amazing team that we’ve been working with. After all, how often does one get the opportunity to make a film that encompasses an epic battle, an extraordinary setting, a terrible dragon, unique furry creatures and an evil army of badasses? It was the dream project for the kid inside us, and we know the whole team felt the same way!”

CreditsClient: Coca ColaTitle: SiegeLength: 60”

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy PortlandCreative Directors: Hal Curtis, Sheena BradySenior Agency Producer: Matt HunnicuttAgency Producer: Lindsay ReedAccount Management Supervisor:  Ryan Peterson

Production Company: NexusConcept Design: NexusCGI / Animation: Framestore London

Nexus Directors: Fx & MatNexus ECD: Chris O'ReillyNexus Exec. Producer: Julia ParfittNexus Producer: Isobel ConroyNexus Production Manager: Claire Thompson

Framestore VFX Supervisor: Diarmid Harrison-MurrayFramestore VFX Producer: Sarah HiddlestoneFramestore CG Supervisor: Simon FrenchFramestore Animation Lead: Mike MellorFramestore Crowd Lead: Johnny HanFramestore Composite Lead: Russell DodgsonFramestore FX Lead: Martin AufingerFramestore Telecine: Simon Bourne

Music / Sound Design: StimmungArranger: Robert MillerSong: 1812 OvertureMusic Exec Producer: Ceinwyn ClarkMusic Producer: Joey ReyesSound Design: Gus Koven

Sound Mix: Lime StudiosMixer: Loren SilberMix Producer: Jessica Locke

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