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NERD Crafts Peanut Buttery Heaven for Whole Earth's Olympic Star Studded Spot

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NERD Productions announces new animated spot for Whole Earth created by Isobel and directed by Shay Hamlas

NERD Crafts Peanut Buttery Heaven for Whole Earth's Olympic Star Studded Spot

NERD Productions has announced that its latest TVC for Whole Earth goes live today. This collaboration was made in peanut-buttery heaven as we love the brand’s creativity, heritage, patriotism, love of sport, and dedication to making the Earth whole again. 

Milana Karaica, EP, commented: "There is nothing more we enjoy than using our creative skills to craft visuals for feel-good brands that have sustainability at heart." 

This film was a true collaboration with creative agency Isobel featuring Joe Fraser, Holly Bradshaw, Helen Glover and Zoe Smith; four outstanding Team GB athletes living the Olympic dream and training relentlessly for the upcoming Games in Tokyo. 

The tactile film transports us across the globe to a quirky, sunny and earthy animated rendition of Japan dreamt up by the animation and design team at NERD where we get a glimpse into the lives of our Team GB athletes. We feel their passion come right through the screen as we see them vault, split and heave their way to victory. 

NERD’s very own Shay Hamias directed the charming, handcrafted film, his playful sense of fun and whimsy visual approach is a natural fit for the spirit of this film. 

Shay Hamias, director, said: “I had a real blast creating this film! We used hand-drawn animation, photography, cutouts and all sorts of different textures and layers to craft this mixed media universe. The hardest part was probably arranging to film the athletes as their busy schedules, difficulties with access to their usual training spaces and double-safe COVID production measures made for a real challenge!”

The creative process was made particularly enjoyable by the agency team who gave us a lot of freedom to explore the best visual ways to bring different elements to life, like when we had to come up with novel ways to incorporate jars of peanut butter into an athletic routine. We also needed to find ingenious methods to get the required live-action footage, including digging up a vintage rowing machine for Helen and figuring out clever ways for Holly to simulate some vaults. Whole Earth generously provided us with an overflowing supply of peanut butter on set - we just chalk it down to the perks of being a production company!

The real fun came after all the footage was captured and we went into post-production as we needed to get just the right blend of smooth animation and organic, crunchy textures for Whole Earth’s lovable, delicious product. We wanted the visuals to be every bit as authentic as the yummy spread itself. Animating the athletes was no easy feat either, but we luckily had help from another NERD director Peque Varela. She perfected their playfully natural cartoon movements and made sure the object tracking was on point. 


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Client

ADVERTISER: Whole Earth Foods

MARKETING DIRECTOR: Bryan Martins

BRAND CONTROLLER: Kirstie Hawkins

BRAND MANAGER: Katrina Farmer

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Isobel

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Simon Findlater

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ben Stump

AGENCY PRODUCER: Amy Hansen

BUSINESS DIRECTOR: Lisa Roscoe

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR: Maggie Sylvester

Production Company

Production Company: NERD PRODUCTIONS

DIRECTOR: Shay Hamlas

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Milana Karaica

PRODUCER: Phil Burgess

COMPOSITING & ANIMATION: Peque Varela, Shiv Pandya

2D ANIMATION: Yael Biran

PRODUCTION MANAGER | COVID SUP: Marta Belczynska

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Ira Giorgetti

RUNNER: Emily Jerman

DOP: Karl Watkins

PULLER: Gabriel Jones

CLAPPER LOADER |PLAYBACK: Ruben Neviazsky

EDITOR |DIT: Aldous Melia

GAFFER: John Wenman

SPARK: Tommy Gartner

HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST | STYLIST: Fraggle Jury

Genres: Animation, Illustration, People

Categories: Food, Sauces and Spreads

NERD Productions, Mon, 05 Jul 2021 17:16:44 GMT