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Oscar Nominee Dee Rees, MPC Create Walmart Oscar Ad

Production company Anonymous Content and VFX studio MPC team for sci-fi short.

MPC and Anonymous Content produced 'The Box,' a Walmart commercial written and directed by Oscar-nominee Dee Rees.

LOS ANGELES -- Oscar nominee Dee Rees directed one of three 60-second short films inspired by Walmart’s blue shipping box that premiered during the Oscars telecast.

Rees’ sci-fi story was action-packed, featuring a space captain, sand monster and an evil commander. Rees’ The Box stars fellow Oscar nominee and Mudbound collaborator Mary J. Blige, and two-time Olympic Gold Medal Boxer and WBC / IBF Super Middle Weight Champ Claressa Shields.

“This was an incredible opportunity for Dee to write and direct a branded film,” says Anonymous Content Managing Director and Partner Eric Stern. “Walmart was a terrific creative partner who wholeheartedly embraced and supported her vision from start to finish.”

The production is led by women, including Mudbound Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison as director of photography, costume design by Colleen Atwood (Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha), and production design by Hannah Beachler (Moonlight and Black Panther).

“We all know Dee is a fearless creative force, but with ‘The Box,’ she also brought an unexpected playful, otherworldly vision,” adds Executive Producer Lori Stonebraker. “We couldn’t be happier with the beautiful, inspiring story she chose to tell."

MPC worked closely with Anonymous Content’s Dee Rees to realize her vision of creating an epic sci-fi world. “It was great working with Dee and we all had absolute trust in her concept,” says Vadim Turchin, VFX Supervisor at MPC. “We had an amazing opportunity to use our talents to create a whole new world and a new character -- the monster -- turning it into something emotional and action-packed.”

Grae Revell, Lead Animator at MPC, added: “Being able to create creatures like the giant alien monster with tentacles is why we work in VFX; it allows us to channel our inner child. Creating new worlds entirely from scratch also enabled us to be really creative, giving life to new environments such as outer space and inside the hive.”

Credits

  • Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Chief Creative Officer: Javier Campopiano
  • Executive Creative Director: Wayne Best
  • Executive Creative Director: Alex Lea
  • Director of Integrated Production: Jenny Read
  • Executive Producer: Dean Shoukas
  • Executive Producer: Diane Burton
  • Executive Producer: Zamile Vilakazi
  • Business Manager: Susan Schaefer
  • Business Manager: Cristina Mattson
  • Managing Partner: Beth Waxman-Arteta
  • Senior Account Director: Angela Brown
  • Account Executive: Jessica Shapiro
  • Writer & Director: Dee Rees
  • Production Company: Anonymous Content
  • Managing Director: Eric Stern
  • Exec Producer: Lori Stonebraker
  • Head of Production: Kerry Haynie
  • Producer: Jessica Cooper
  • Production Supervisor: Ena Nic

Editorial: Exile NY

  • Editor: Shane Reid
  • Producer (NY): Vietan Nguyen
  • Producer (LA): Brittany Carson

VFX: MPC

  • Managing Director: Camila De Biaggi
  • Executive Producer: Matthew Loranger
  • Producer: Sandra Eklund
  • Production Assistant: Jessica Rowley
  • Creative Director: Alvin Cruz
  • VFX Supervisor: Vadim Turchin, Eric Robertson
  • 2D LEAD: Rob Walker, Iain Murray
  • 3D Lead: Vadim Turchin, Mike Little, Tiago Dias
  • 2D Team: Tobey Lindback, Renato Carone, Adam Yost, Alejandro Taylor, Giulia Bartra, Guillaume Weiss, Vivek Tekale, S. Samson Samuel, Ragesh R
  • 3D Team: Tiago Dias, Alejandro Echeverry, Jimmy San, Mike Lombardo, Madeline Jackson, Graeme Revell, Jacob Fradkin, Zhao Wang, Francisco Fraga, Jemmy Molero, Roberto Maki, Wesley Schneider, Sue Jang, Jamie German, Michael Marsek, David Bryan, Neil Miller, Justin Braun, Flavia Minnone, Matthew Gifford, Morten Solgaard, Simon Legrand, Tushar Kewlani, Parineeta Jasiwal, Jyoti Prakash Panda, Pritesh Krishnappa Kotian, Kalaiarasu P, SelvaKumar k, Bakiyaraj P, Vamsi Krishna, Sachin Sureshrao Dhapudkar
  • Design: Olivier Silven, Tyler Gibb, Roger Hom, Edvin Cindrak
  • Color: MPC
  • Colorist: Houmam Abdallah
  • Color Assistant: Tanner Hladek
  • Exec Producer, Color: Meghan Lang
  • Producer, Color: Rebecca Boorsma, Elyse Robinson

Source: MPC

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