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ROOF Animates Surreal Byways for Conoco’s New 'Choose Go' Campaign

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Studio produces six 3D-animated shorts featuring eclectic 'goer' characters

ROOF Animates Surreal Byways for Conoco’s New 'Choose Go' Campaign

Animation studio ROOF Studio (ROOF) recently produced the ‘Choose Go’ campaign for Conoco, a visually stunning series of six 3D-animated shorts featuring uniquely-designed ‘Goer’ characters. Conceived by agency Carmichael Lynch, 'Choose Go' highlights the limitless fun and adventure of filling up your car and just going. The campaign was launched across digital and social media.

Each :15 film follows a different character on a whimsical adventure that begins and concludes with a pit stop at the Conoco station - from Gilly the Goer taking a dreamy cruise behind the wheel of a bed-like automobile, to Gilbert the Goer, a tiny cheetah sporting a large sock as a sweater in a car built out of a shoe. 

The characters were conceived by ROOF Director Lucas Camargo, who incorporated elements of stop motion, mechanical theatre backgrounds, and even classic video games. 

“Some folks are born with ‘go’ deeply embedded in their DNA,” says Michelle Lippman, senior writer at Carmichael Lynch. “This campaign demonstrates a true Goer won’t stop going — especially after the last two years. They’ve developed new hobbies, made bucket lists, and won’t let a chance to hit the road or explore a new activity go unmissed again.”

“Carmichael Lynch approached us with these super imaginative scripts with surreal storylines and characters who are always on the move,” adds Lucas, who’s own offbeat-character artwork served as an initial reference point for the client. “Our challenge was to figure out the visual and narrative mechanisms for getting them from point A to point Z. It was an exciting concept to push around as animators, and a blank canvas where we could have fun and create from the ground up.”

For the overall tone of the piece, Lucas leaned into a highly-stylised and simplified visual look. Creating a modular template for the films, he structured each scene like a comic strip or a GIF – together, they’d tell a larger story, or work as quick loopable content. This approach allowed ROOF to maximise production value by focusing on tactile-seeming characters and textures, and allowing the lighting and camera movement to create depth, momentum, and detail.

“I took inspiration from stop motion to evoke a handmade feeling,” says Lucas. “We wanted the world in all of these films to have the same kineticism as a clockwork mechanical theatre. With the backgrounds being pulled in and out, we created a sense of motion, like the pistons and cylinders of an engine.”

Ultimately, this campaign was an opportunity to do what ROOF does best – build a unique world of characters for Conoco that invites viewers to catch fun new details through a repeat viewing experience.

“We really went for the surreal,” says Lucas. “I’m grateful to the agency and client for being supportive and trusting my crazy creative style and process to bring their vision to life.” 

“Lucas and the ROOF team were collaborative and accommodating throughout the creative process of this project,” concludes Sarah Wolf, designer at Carmichael Lynch. “We brought forward an idea that explored truly unique characters and an entire new world, and the team didn’t disappoint. We were blown away by their level of detail and creativity and the end results were truly stunning.”

Check out all of the films here

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Client: Conoco

Senior Director, Brands: Madelaine Bardot

Brand Director: Jacqueline Johnson


Ad Agency: Carmichael Lynch

Chief Creative Officer: Marty Senn

Executive Creative Director, Design: Milton Un

Senior Writer: Michelle Lippman

Designer: Sarah Wolf

Senior Executive Content Producer: Lisa Feldman

Senior Content Producer: James Sorbel

Director of Business Affairs, Production: Vicki Oachs

Talent Specialist: Anne Carlson

Account Management Team: Courtney Thomas, Brad Wellman, Caleb Peabody

Project Manager: Lisa Brody


Production Company: ROOF Studio

Creative Directors: Guto Terni, Vinicius Costa

Director: Lucas Camargo

Executive Producer: Marcus Lansdell

Head Producer: Marcio Lovato

CGI Tech Director: Heber Conde, Wallan Oliveira

Lead 3D: Alexandre Eschenbach

Storyboard: Paulo Crumbin

3D Layout: Lucas Ribeiro

3D Model: Alexander Martins, Alexandre Taveira, Alex Ruiz, Danilo Geradr, Douglas Giarletti, Geison Araujo, Leandro Wagner, Lucas Lira, Marcelo Souza, Miguel Alves Giffu, Ricardo Viana

Rigging: Danilo Pinheiro, André Rüegger, Caio Hidaka, Saul Almeida

Look Development & Light: Adam Pierre, Cristiano Porfirio, Josemar Queiroz, Marcelo Vaz, Marcos Moraes, Pedro Henrique, Placido Silva, William Silva

Groom: Josemar Queiroz

Animation and Supervision: Francisco Catão

Animation: Rodrigo Dutra, Marcio Kakuno, Anne Pagno

Simulation: Gabriel Marcondes. Alexandre Canário, Heber Conde

Composition: Jorge Pereira

Deliveries: Fabio Mota

Audio Post

Audio Post Company: Sisterboss

Audio Engineer: Jeff Marcovis

Audio Executive Producer: Annie Sparrows

Audio Producer: Jill Asp

Genres: Animation

Categories: Fuel, Utilities

Roof Studio, Mon, 01 Aug 2022 14:57:41 GMT