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carwow.co.uk 'Wheel-o-trope'

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UK start-up carwow.co.uk 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, we feel we've achieved that with a quirky, incredibly detailed animated piece based on old-school zoetrope animation. We created a flat 2D ‘wheelotrope’, where sequential frames of an animated loop are arranged around a circle. The wheel is 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.”
Production Company

DOP: Simon Walsh

Production Company: Piranha Bar

Producer: Emily Brady, Aileen Heavey & Dave Burke

Music

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

Animation

Animation Assistant: Mark Shaw

2D Animator: Conor Whelan

Genres: Animation, In-camera effects

Piranha Bar, 6 years ago