NEW YORK, NY, September 10, 2009 â”€ Mantra Design recently took to the seas with IZOD for one of the premier clothing brandâ€™s newest TV spots, â€œThe World Of.â€? Executive VP of Marketing for PVH (parent company of IZOD) Mike Kelly needed a top-notch piece that would reflect his productâ€™s lifestyle image. He also needed it done quickly and couldnâ€™t afford any surprises, so he insisted on a production house he knew had a proven track record. He approached Mantra and its team of VFX artists, who immediately went into action, conceiving and completing a nautical/Caribbean-themed :30 commercial.
Ben Orisich, Mantra director and designer of â€œThe World Ofâ€? spot already had an established relationship with the brand, having shot multiple commercials in the past, but for this particular project Orisich wanted to raise the bar. He relied on a mix of VFX and a wide palette of colors
to create a unique and surreal look that would appear seamless to the viewer.
â€œThe IZOD brand has a very distinctive look,â€? explains Orisich. â€œWe knew that we needed the commercial to not only pop and be surreal, but it also had to be about fun and adventure and inspire that feeling in the audience, so we incorporated live action with CG.â€?
Most of the commercial was shot on 35mm film in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, including footage taken onboard two of Americaâ€™s Cup racing sailboats. Once the material was brought into post, to achieve the desired look and feel, the team replaced the sky and introduced IZOD branding and logos throughout.
â€œWhat makes this commercial unique is that the sky we used throughout was shot in time lapse on location in New York and the Bahamas. We put all of the photographic elements together digitally. What topped it off was the impressive original score done by the New York audio facility Big Foote Music, which then set the rest of the mood.â€?
Relying primarily on Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Flame, Softimage|XSI and Autodesk Maya for the 3D elements, Orisich and his team, which included Flame Artist Miguel Oldenburg, Editor Gary Hernandez and CG Artist Jason Strougo, combined disparate elements together with great subtly. â€œWe had a lot of creative freedom on set,â€? continues Orisich. â€œHaving the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot onboard two of Americaâ€™s Cup sailboats added to the excitement of the spot. We also fabricated an IZOD island, enabling us to tie together both worlds, reality and fantasy.â€?
Orisich approached the piece like a painter by putting the elements together as they made sense. Rather than relying on a green screen, the entire spot was rotoscoped with Mantraâ€™s partners in China and tweaked by hand. â€œItâ€™s about creating the image,â€? says Orisich. â€œWe strived to make the colors pop without becoming candy. The IZOD brand prides itself on being clean cut and bold and thatâ€™s what we made sure to portray in the commercial. Everything had to do with the brand, the sky, the colors, the overall look.â€?
IZODâ€™s â€œThe World Ofâ€? is currently being broadcast across the U.S. It will air theatrically in the coming months.
Mantra is an award winning creative content design and production studio specializing in creating media for broadcast, commercial, event, retail, digital signage and installations. Located in New York Cityâ€™s Flatiron District., Mantraâ€™s talented team of designers and VFX artists are behind some of todayâ€™s most visually compelling broadcast and event design offerings including the 2008 Grammy Awards Show, the MTV Video Music Awards, and various show packages. Founded by Creative Group in 2007, it offers motion design, visual effects, creative editorial, event design and production for its clients, many of which are among the worldâ€™s best known brands, including CBS, ESPN, CNN, Saatchi & Saatchi, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, The History Channel, and the USA Network.
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