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This Adorable Monster Keeps Scotland's Best Kept Secret

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Christopher Jaques and Edward Andrews teamed up for the animation for Monsterbox food delivery

This Adorable Monster Keeps Scotland's Best Kept Secret

This charming story follows a little detective who is on a mission to crack a case in her town. Her desire is to finally meet and prove a local myth; a monster that delivers fresh food to people’s doorsteps.  

‘Scotland’s best kept secret’ for ‘Monsterbox’ was created during the middle of the UK and Canadian lockdowns. It promotes a new food delivery company that enables the Scottish people to have fresh food delivered to their doorstep instead of potentially putting themselves at risk during a pandemic. 

It was a very ambitious initiative for creatives and VFX artists to stay busy during a challenging time for the whole industry. The project was started with two friends & former colleagues; Christopher Jaques (EP, VFX supervisor), and Edward Andrews (writer / director / producer). “The brief came to us in the middle of lockdown, and because of the  scale of the project and the issues with shooting abroad there were going to be challenges” says Andrews. “We had little to no money but took it as a creative opportunity. Without  the possibility of flying to Scotland, we had to adapt and find solutions”. Christopher adds “Once we had our idea with concept art, storyboards and previs, the ball started rolling. More and more creatives donated their time to see the project through to the end, which we couldn’t be more thankful for.”  

The shoot was split between Scotland and Canada. Edward is based in Toronto and Christopher is in London. A remote shoot was set up for all exterior scenes in Edinburgh  and the Highlands with local DP Gavin White. This was then paired with a shoot of the  interior scenes, which were shot by DP Jordan Kennington in Toronto when restrictions were slightly eased. The two were then married together through clever editing (Outsider), magical music & sound design (Grayson Music, & Factory UK), beautiful colour (Alter Ego) and technically impressive visual effects (Brave VFX). All completed remotely.  

“The Visual Effects team had an integral part to play” says Christopher. “From the initial concept,  to bringing our furry monster to life in build, animation, lighting, and compositing.” The VFX were all achieved whilst working remotely across multiple time zones. “We really had a  burning ambition to produce something unexpected, which is why we took on the challenging task of rendering fur!” says Jaques.  

Although the finished spot with a realistic furry monster might look big budget, the total budget for this commercial was only £7,000. This would not have been possible without a lot of favours and hours of donated time from some very talented professionals.

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Production Company

Production Company: Day 21 

Executive Producers: Christopher Jaques,  

Producers: Roman Hul, Edward Andrews 

Director: Edward Andrews 

DOPs: Jordan Kennington, Gavin White 

Writer: Edward Andrews  

Creative consultant: Jonathan Guy 

Production Design

Production Designer: Rudin Causi 

Wardrobe: Caprice Connors 

Make/Up + Hair Styling: Cristina Rubiales and Tess Jobin 

Onset Sound: Jadon J.B. Williams  

Gaffer: Adrian Antonecchia 

Key Grip: Hadrien Grass 

Swing/ Package Truck: Mike Torelli 

Production Coordinator: Brett Gartley 

Set Dresser: Benjamin Harris 

1st AC (Prep): Brad Cherry 

1st AC (Shoot): Connor Jarvie 


Casting: Jigsaw Casting 

Casting Agent: Shasta Lutz  

VO Casting: Real People 

VO Casting Agent: Kirsty Bell 


Editorial: Outsider 

Editor: Alison Gordon 

Editorial Producer: Kayan Choi 

Editorial assistant: Cam Anderson 

Colourist: Wade Odlum, Alter Ego


VFX Company: Brave VFX 

VFX Supervisor: Christopher Jaques 

VFX Team: Taran Fiddler, Nicolò Piccinini, Souvik Mitra, Gabor Kiss, Fah Anuntasomboon,  Roberto Sollazzo, Hana Hirosaka, Francesca Piergiovanni, Carlos Niño Motion Design

Aerial Footage: Aerial Frontiers, John Duncan Aerials 

Music: Grayson Music 

Composers: Jeff Milutinovic, Igor Correia 

Sound Studio: Factory London 

Sound Design & Mix: Jon Clarke and Josh Campbell 

Audio Producer: Lou Allen 

VO recording studio: Graeme MacKenzie Pacific Audio Post. 

Gear: Affiliated Equipment - Ross McLean


Mom: Beth Hornby 

Daughter: Harley Ruznisky

Son: Ben Davidson 

Dog: Guinness Soochie Hul

VO: Jessica Hamilton 

Special Thanks:  

Skin And Bones Film 
Liane Thomas  
Ross McLean 
Shane Jaeger-Collins 
Bryony Worth 
Debbi Coleman 
Paul Arion 
Luke Bigley 
James Richardson 
Georgia Groom 
David Neilson 
Nicole Gray

Genres: Animation, People, Storytelling, Dialogue

Categories: Retail and Restaurants , Food delivery platform, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:00:20 GMT