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Lexus Lights Up Kuala Lumpur with Strobed Parkour Conga Line



CHI&Partners & Stink director Adam Berg shoot 'Amazing in Motion' stunt

Lexus Lights Up Kuala Lumpur with Strobed Parkour Conga Line

CHI&Partners today unveils its global STROBE campaign for Lexus International – an LED spectacle which saw acrobats and stuntmen suspended across Kuala Lumpur’s night skyline and lit up in succession to create the illusion of acrobatic motion at impressive speed.

Poised across the rooftops of some of the city’s tallest buildings, the ‘Lightmen’ were dressed in bespoke LED lightsuits and controlled by a purpose-built computer system to strobe one by one, tracking the breathtaking journey of one illuminated figure.

Footage of the event, which required a team of 40 expert engineers to erect and control via large-scale rigging, will run across TV, cinema, outdoor, digital and social channels worldwide. 

The film was directed by Adam Berg of Stink Productions, and the LED suits, which took six weeks to build, were conceived by Hollywood costume designer Vin Burnham and world-renowned technical director Adam Wright – taking design cues from Lexus vehicles, including the iconic spindle grille and LED headlights. Each suit contained 1,680 LED lights, all wirelessly controlled to strobe on command using DMX software.

STROBE is the third in a series of projects CHI&Partners has created to reflect Lexus’ ‘Amazing in Motion’ engineering. It follows STEPS (an iconic choreographed stunt using 11-foot tall puppets) and SWARM (footage of a real swarm of quadcopter robots exploring downtown Vancouver at night).

Monty Verdi, Creative Director and Partner at CHI&Partners, said: “STROBE involved feats of engineering, technology and sheer human endeavour – seeing this figure seemingly come to life and take to the rooftops was exhilarating. 

“The whole ‘Amazing in Motion’ series is about opening Lexus up to a new audience – illustrating not just the brilliant engineering and grace of its products, but also the adventurous, imaginative nature of the brand.”

Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International, said: “STROBE is the third in our ‘Amazing in Motion’ project. We created this global series of campaigns to showcase our imagination through innovative design and technology.  It builds on the Lexus ambition to connect with the hearts, as well as the minds, of consumers.”

Music for STROBE was provided by Computer Magic, the electronic music solo-project of New York producer and DJ Danielle “Danz” Johnson, who is signed by Kitsuné. 

The track, ‘Running’, was chosen for the way it effortlessly complements the sequence of the Lightmen, accentuating the flow of movement, while the lyrics support the narrative of the Lightman running through the city at night.


Client: Atsushi Takada, General Manager, Lexus International

Creative agency: CHI&Partners

Social media agency: The Social Practice

Executive Creative Director: Jonathan Burley

Creative Director: Monty Verdi

Copywriter:  Colin Smith, Angus Vine

Art director: Angus Vine, Colin Smith

TV Producer: Nicola Ridley

TV Production Assistant: Adam Henderson/ Will Parnall

Content Producer: Emma Hodson 

Digital + Content Creatives: Simon Findlater, Ben Stump

CEO: Nick Howarth

Planner: Rebecca Munds

Business Director: Jack Shute

Account Director: Catherine Peacock

Account Manager: Hannah White


Production Company: Stink 

Director: Adam Berg

Producer: Ben Croker

DOP: Mattias Montero

Local Production Company: Passion Pictures Malaysia

Local Production Company Producer: Sheen S. Singh/Jaan Kit

Rigging Team: Baan Rig

Editor: Paul Hardcastle, Trim

Post-production: VFX Supervisor Franck Lambertz, MPC

Colourist: Mark Gethin/Jean-Clement Soret, MPC

Post-production producer: Paul Branch, MPC

Audio post-production: Sam Ashwell/ Sam Robson 750MPH

Music Composition: Danielle Johnson (Sesac)

Suit Designers and Technician: Vin Burnham and Adam Wright

Music Company: Platinum Rye

Music Supervisors: Arnold Hattingh & Paul Brown

Writer: Danielle Johnson (Sesac)

Publishing: Computer Magic Music (Sesac)

Master recording: Computer Magic


Content Production Company: Stink

Content Director: Morrish

Content Producer: Helen Power

Content DOP: Ryan Carmody

Content Editor:  Ben Canny

Colourist – Kai Van Beers, MPC

Post production producer – Hannah Ruddleston, MPC

VFX supervisor – Marcus Moffatt, MPC

Audio Post-Production: 750MPH

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The&Partnership, Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:47:33 GMT