Thinking Things Through. Planning Things Out. Motel 6 “Room to Room”.

Most of the time when you see a well produced TV spot, you don’t think about what it takes to pull it off. The visuals are engaging and you are entertained for 30 seconds and you move on. Recently Motel 6 launched a new spot “Room to Room”. The live action spot is deceptively complex, the previsualization video showing the making of shows just how complex, and how well thought out this spot is. The blend of Live action and post VFX work is really well done, and goes to show how much went into the production of this spot for Motel 6’s 50th anniversary. Directed by King & Country the spot was designed to highlight renovations without appearing to intrusive to guests. To pull it off King & Country uses a series of “in-the-nick-of-time’ gags” to keep things visually interesting and engaging. The characters are oblivious to the changes as the camera catches them happening right before they interact with the rooms, so we don’t give the impression that renovations are ongoing. This shows off all that a full-service studio does, from concepting and planning, directing and editorial, to animation, VFX and finishing.

Fast Romantics and Fred Astaire Dance on the Ceiling.

I don’t post music video stuff very often. Music videos get a ton of exposure and mostly people are interested in the band and not what it took to put the video together. The video below from Fast Romantics is an exception. Taking quite possibly is Fred Astaire’s most famous dance scene (1951’s Royal Wedding) where Astaire dances on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room, director Matthew Angus seamlessly blends the original footage with the new shots. If you haven’t seen the original sequence, I have added it below as well. This is absolutely fantastic.

Welcome to Firefox and the Making of.

This spot for Firefox cold have been done with 3D animation and other CGI tricks but it wasn’t. There is something very refreshing about the number of spots I am seeing that are live action shoots enhanced with some rock solid post work. The two videos below show the finished piece by  and the making of video, which shows just how much hand work went into the crafting of this 60 second spot.

Sound FX, Arper.

The video below from was produced for Arper and Lievore, Altherr, Molina to introduce their new office chair Arper. It is a really solid blend of live action, and CG work married to a solid script and some great sound design work. If you have headphones, put them on and give this a listen. Then watch the video. I say that because the sound design work is so subtle, and yet such a key component of the finished piece. When I first watched this, I didn’t really pay that much attention to the audio taking place behind the voice over, and the soundtrack. On the second, third and fourth viewing it really sank in, and that is what makes this video. Yes all the production work is rock solid but that subtle effective sound work just seals the deal for me. I love the look, pace, and VFX work, but without the background audio this just wouldn’t be the same.

Director: Bungalow
Art Direction: Bungalow
Animation & Motion Graphics: Bungalow, Fabio Medrano
Sound FX: Newton Audio
Production Co: Bungalow