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Piranha Bar Has Wowed Us With This 'Wheel-o-trope' for

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UK start-up's reinvention of car buying inspires reinvention of the zoetrope

Piranha Bar Has Wowed Us With This 'Wheel-o-trope' for

UK start-up has reinvented the wheel, turning the car buying experience on its head so car dealers compete for customers' business. Of course that meant the company's commercial had to reflect that innovation – it had to... wow.

Working with Guns or Knives Dublin, Piranha Bar reckons they've achieved that, with a quirky, incredibly detailed animated piece based on old-school zoetrope animation.

Piranha Bar created a flat 2D ‘wheel-o-trope’, where sequential frames of an animation loop were arranged around a circle. The wheel was then spun to sync up with the camera's shutter speed at 25 frames a second – the optimum speed for the human eye to perceive perfectly fluid animation.

Director Richard Chaney had this to say about the project: “Why do we never get the easy jobs? This was a great technical challenge as well as tickling our eternal obsession with all things animation. The world of old school zoetropes is just such a fun playground, so getting a script from Guns or Knives that allowed us to experiment with these techniques, but incorporate them into a slick live action commercial, tapped into everything we’re about.”

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Production Company

DOP: Simon Walsh

Production Company: Piranha Bar


Sound Engineer: Locky Butler

Voice-over: Michael Gambon

Creative Agency

Art Director: Barry Smith

Copywriter: Kevin Keenan

Creative Agency: Guns or Knives

TV Producer: Al Byrnes & Barbara-Ann Chaney


2D Animator: Conor Whelan

Animation Assistant: Mark Shaw

Genres: Animation, In-camera effects

Categories: Automotive, Cars

Piranha Bar, Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:01:44 GMT