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New Skittles Walrus Riddles TV Commercial AD

You walk in to your apartment to find your roommate making out with a walrus - what's your first thought? You wonder if the trollop has stolen your boyfriend, that's what. Or at least that's the story in the latest spot from Skittles Riddles, featuring VFX from MPC, who collaborated with DDB Chicago and Moxie Pictures Director Martin Granger on the effort.

This bizarre story continues with the accused explaining that the walrus, an enormous animatronic custom built by Moorpark, California's Animal Makers Inc., had assured her that he wasn't her roommate's boyfriend Bobby. Rather, he was like new Skittles Riddles - different on the outside than on the inside. She demonstrates by punching in a green-tinted candy that tastes like fruit punch, before continuing her googley-eyed romp-fest with the walrus.

MPC's biggest challenge was to make the animatronic walrus appear to be real, breathing life into the animal. The team created 3D eyes and eyelids for the walrus in post, while tracking and animating every move. After creating elaborate matte paintings that doubled the size of the walrus mass, MPC added flesh and fat, animated the nose, made the walrus' jaw move, added a tongue and neck fat, made his face twitch, belly quiver, time warped his head, and added breath to the animal. Telecine was done by MPC's US Creative Director of Color Grading, Mark Gethin.

Credits: Client: Skittles Riddles Spot Title: Walrus :30 and :15 Air Dates: July 2012 Advertising Agency: DDB Chicago ACD/Copywriter: Kevin Goff ACD/Art Director: Blake Winfree Executive Producer: Will St.Clair Assistant Producer: Jamie Gallant Production Business Manager: Scott Terry Production Company: Moxie Pictures Director: Martin Granger DOP: Barry Parrell Producer: Heidi Soltesz

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CREDITS
Client Moët Hennessy

Agency Droga5 NY
Creative Chairman David Droga
Creative Partner Duncan Marshall
Executive Creative Director Alexander Nowak
Senior Copywriter Phil Hadad
Senior Art Director Marybeth Ledesma
Group Design Director Rich Greco
Junior Designer Alison Lee
Junior Designer Andrew Diemer
Junior Technologist Chloe Karayiannis
Global Chief Strategy Officer Jonny Bauer
Group Strategy Director Ramon Jimenez
Strategy Directors Ben Brown
Strategist Midori McSwain
Head of Communications Strategy Colleen Leddy
Communications Strategy Director Delphine McKinley
Communications Strategist Mariel Milner
Chief Creation Officer Sally-Ann Dale
Co-Directors of Film Production Jesse Brihn, Bryan Litman
Associate Director of Film Production Ruben Mercadal
Associate Producer, Film Sasha Pace
Music Supervisors Mike Ladman, Jonathan Hecht
Co-Director of Interactive Production Justin Durazzo
Producer, Interactive Alyssa Cashman
Director of Art Production Cliff Lewis
Associate Director, Art Production Bianca Escobar
Producer, Art Frannie Schultz
Director of Print Services Rob Lugo
Producer, Print Rose Mahan
Group Account Director Lindsay Cole
Account Director Katie Lancaster
Account Manager Jake Stopper
Associate Account Manager Kevin Lee
Director of Business Affairs Jocelyn Howard
Senior Business Affairs Managers Marcelle Gruman, Ann Marie Turbitt
Associate Counsel Erica Palaia
Project Managers Hillary Jordan, Kristin Robinson

Client Moët Hennessy
SVP, Hennessy, Moët Hennessy USA Hennessy Giles Woodyer
Hennessy Global Chief Marketing Officer Thomas Moradpour
Brand Director, Hennessy V.S & Black, Moët Hennessy USA Marion Daunizeau
Global VP Marketing, Hennessy Premium Range Amanda Hawk
Brand Manager, Hennessy V.S & Black, Moët Hennessy USA Ryan Chappell
Hennessy Trade Marketing Director, Moët Hennessy USA Rachel Li

Production Company Radical Media
Director Derek Cianfrance
DOP Roman Vasyanov
Executive Producer (Radical Media) Jim Bouvet
Producer Tommy Turtle
Production Designer Ged Clarke
Costume Designer Zelda Sellars
1st AD Dennis Sonin
2nd AD Mariko Atamanenko
Executive Producer (Radioaktive Film) Darko Skulsky
Head of Production (Radioaktive Film) Sasha Bevka
Key Visual Photographer Jack Davison

Editorial The Quarry / Wax
Editor Paul Watts
Lead Assistant Editor Drew Balke
Additional Assistant Editors Audrey Weiner, Jim Robinson
Executive Producer (Wax) Toni Lipari
Executive Producer (The Quarry) Tor Adams
Producer (Wax) Annabelle Cuthbert
Producer (The Quarry) Charlie Morris

Post Production The Mill
Executive Producer Melanie Wickham
Senior Producer Freya Hewett
Production Coordinator Mia Lalanne
Shoot Supervisors and Creative Directors Gavin Wellsman, David Fleet
2D Lead Artist Christoph Schroer
3D Lead Artist Jasper Kidd

Telecine Company 3
Senior Colorist Tom Poole
Assistant Colorist Jenny Montgomery
Producer Alexandra Lubrano

Supporting Production Company Second Child
Photographer Paul McGeiver
Senior Retouchers John Ciambriello, Mike Vorrasi, John Clendenen
Retouching Coordinator Michael Mockler

Music (Main Film) Woodwork Music
Composer Philip Kay
Producer Andy ​Oskwarek, Sam Phillips

Music (Teasers)
Artist Haxan Cloak
Song Title ‘​Hounfour Temple’

Sound Design Q Department
Sound Mix Sonic Union
Sound Mixer David Papa

Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor Estate Research
Nickerson Research (Susan Nickerson, Chris Lutz)

BTS Film
Directors Alex Stratienko (Shoot location portion) Brian Lannin (NAS portion)



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