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In the US, it’s been over 100 years since a woman...In the US, it’s been over 100 years since a woman appeared on paper currency. Nexus Studios and Google teamed up with former U.S Treasurer Rosie Rios to launch ‘Notable Women’. The project highlights 100 American women who shaped US history, by placing their portraits where they’ve been historically left out, on US bills. The women were voted for by the American public from a collection developed by American teachers. Notable Women consists of an AR app, developed by Nexus’ Interactive Arts team, a comprehensive website and downloadable material for educational purposes. Client Google Creative Lab
When tech gets too much. reMarkable’s ‘Get your brain...When tech gets too much. reMarkable’s ‘Get your brain back’ is a cautionary tale where brains are wired and monitored whilst backgrounds whirr and switch around phone-transfixed teens. In collaboration with agency &Co, Mighty Nice stepped up to realise this nightmare’ish scenario with a bold, high contrast journey through a world where our thoughts are no longer our own. Constantly shifting scenarios enchant us in with strong graphic transitions aiding visual flow.
Jack’s hand-crafted stop motion film for SNAP LDN and...Jack’s hand-crafted stop motion film for SNAP LDN and startup energy company ‘Hometree’ features a family of mice living in a beautifully realised tree home created by master puppet and modelmaker Andy Gent’s studio. Drawing us in to observe a snippet of warm family life, Jack’s irresistible vision of mouse domesticity imagines a cosy home created from found objects including a floor made with coins and a thimble washbasin stand. Nexus Studios Director: Jack Cunningham Client: Hometree Agency: SNAP LDN
Working with McCann London and Wimbledon, Smith and...Working with McCann London and Wimbledon, Smith and Foulkes’ brought to life a beautifully illustrated and animated journey through the evolution of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The trailer shows the evolution of Wimbledon through a single continuous tennis rally, beginning in 1877 with Spencer Gore and continuing through the ages right up to the stars of the present day. As each new era begins, the illustrative style evolves with it, capturing the era and historic details such as radically changing fashions, pony rollers used to keep the courts in prime condition, tv broadcasts, and even the switch to yellow balls.
Co-directed by Fx Goby and Google Doodles’ Hélène Leroux,...Co-directed by Fx Goby and Google Doodles’ Hélène Leroux, ‘Back to the Moon’ celebrates pioneering illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Google Doodles, Google Spotlight Stories, Google Arts and Culture, Cinématèque Française and Nexus Studios, the film launched as the first ever virtual reality (VR) / 360 interactive Google Doodle. Transporting the viewer inside his magical world via some of his best known films, styles, techniques and characters, the film also features a Mathieu Alvado score recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.
A bold and exhilarating animated 2D film created by Nexus...A bold and exhilarating animated 2D film created by Nexus Studios’ duo Smith & Foulkes in collaboration with Y&R London is at the centre of the BBC’s ‘The Fearless are Here’ campaign that heralds the arrival of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Via the thrilling and abstract journey of a luger, skier, curler, snowboarder, ski jumper and ice skater, the film depicts the psychological and physical obstacles Winter Olympics athletes face in their quest to be the best in the world. From the beginning, the ambition was to focus on the feeling that fear and anxiety induce in top level athletes rather than simply represent it as a physical monster. The creative focus became how to dramatise the negative emotions that must be conquered in order to succeed. This drove the team towards a more shapeshifting, morphing animation style. Smith & Foulkes researched live action filming techniques for action sports in the quest to achieve an authentic sense of movement through a 3D space and a team of artists at Nexus Studios worked to create the entirely 2D spot which was drawn and animated in a virtual environment using emerging VR cinematography software. Working in this way and with a perceivable depth provided the ideal testing ground and enabled the team to experiment at an early stage and consider different camera angles, just as if you were shooting in live action and with the sensibility of having a handheld camera. Agency: Y&R London Executive Creative Director: Mark Roalfe Creatives: Gavin McGrath Jim Bolton Psembi Kinstan Agency Producer: Kat Maidment Production Company: Nexus Studios Directors: Smith & Foulkes Executive Creative Director: Chris O’Reilly Producer: Tracey Cooper Production Manager: Rebecca Archer Animation Supervisor: Michal Firkowski Art Directors: Alice Duke Shen Yi Design: Callum Strachan David Feliu Jamie Jones Maxime Dupuy Melanie Climent Animation Lead: Bishoy Gendi Animation: Duncan Gist Hozen Britto Ines Scheiber Peter Lowey FX Animation: Frankie Swan Ines Scheiber Clean Up Animation: Christina Nerland Duane Uba Giacomo Autili Judit Boor Compositing Lead: Abel Kohen Compositing: Chris Moran Daniele Baiardini Elliott Kajdan John Taylor Edit: Dave Slade James Alexander Sound Design: Anthony Moore @ Factory Music Production: Native Music Composer: Fred Ashworth
To celebrate Project Runway’s milestone 10th anniversary,...To celebrate Project Runway’s milestone 10th anniversary, Lifetime, in partnership with Friends of the High Line, will transform a portion of the High Line in New York City into a virtual runway with a dynamic, 20-foot long, interactive installation on the elevated park featuring the stars of the Emmy Award-nominated hit show. Directed by Nexus Interactive Arts’ Evan Boehm the installation features innovative human tracking technology that mixes real-time virtual emotions of Klum, Gunn, Garcia and Kors reacting to passersby as they walk the High Line.
Willie Nelson, Coldplay, Chipotle and director Johnny...Willie Nelson, Coldplay, Chipotle and director Johnny Kelly have made a creative alliance with the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation to create BACK TO THE START, a short animated film highlighting the issue of sustainable farming. Chipotle founder Steve Ells met with Johnny Kelly in London to talk about his passionate efforts to source food on a more sustainable and ethical basis. Music legend Willie Nelson, well known for his support of family farmers, was a perfect collaborator for the music. The pace and timeline of the film is captured beautifully in camera using traditional stop frame model animation techniques to track the life of a farmer. Filmed in one sweeping take the film was painstakingly animated over 4-weeks on one large all-encompassing model background. The track has been released on iTunes with 60 cents from every sale going to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.
The film showcases contributions from over 100 people...The film showcases contributions from over 100 people ranging from architects, engineers and artists, to sound designers and musicians. Johnny Kelly gave them each a scene to film or illustrate / create and, using flipbook-like persistence of vision, merged these stories into one piece. Involving so many contributors based all over the world, from Patagonia to Pittsburgh to Paris, was a logistical feat for Nexus' production team. This approach was a good fit for the project, using Dropbox was the best way to realise a collaboration on this scale. The film highlights a range of techniques from live action (both studio and location), stills photography, 2D animation, 3D animation, illustration, stop motion and even knitting. With so many styles and techniques, Nexus needed to hang the film on a visual framework. Using a series of simple shapes the film guides your eye from start to finish; opening with a rectangular blank piece of paper, and finishing with the circular Dropbox syncing icon. - Full Credits: Client / Dropbox: Kristen Spilman Patrick Rowell Sheila Vashee Julie Herendeen Preston Hershorn Agency / 72andSunny: Chief Creative Officer: Glenn Cole Group Creative Director: Matt Murphy Creative Director/Designer: Robert Teague Creative Director/Writer: Claire Morrisey Sr. Writer: Dave Carlson Designer: Nick Marx Sr. Film Producer: Angelo Mazzamuto Sr. Film Producer: Perrin Rausch Film Producer: Emilie Talermo Group Brand Director: Rhea Curry Brand Director: Shannon Reed Brand Coordinator: Zachary Hill Business Affairs Director: Kallie Halbach Sr. Business Affairs Manager: Lara Drew Business Affairs Coordinator: Calli Howard Business Affairs Coordinator: Michelle Fink Co-Head of Strategy/Group Strategy Director: Bryan Smith Strategy Director: Brooke-Lynn Luat Jr. Strategist: Gigi Braybrooks Film Credits: Design/Production Company: Nexus Director: Johnny Kelly Executive Creative Director: Chris O'Reilly Sr. Producer: Isobel Conroy Production Manager: Lucy Banks Production Manager: Thomas Cullen Studio Director of Photography: Matthew Day Locations Director of Photography: Matthew Fox Project Lead: Elliott Kajdan Project Lead: David Walker Editor (60): David Slade Editor (30): Nick Gartner 3D Animation: Eaton Crous, Joao Monteiro 2D Animation: Tom Bunker, James Hatley Compositing: Bence Varga Compositing: Pete Baxter Post Production: Time Based Arts Compositor: Sheldon Gardner Colorist: Simone Grattarola Music & Sound Design Credits: Human Mix Credits: Formosa Group Mixer: John Bolen, Hermann Thurmann Executive Producer: Lauren Cascio Assistant: Jeff King Lead Contributors: Iain Acton – Stine Belden Roed – Valerie Berry – Marc Bouyer – Nicolas Brantut Dan Burgess – Nicholas Burrows / Nous Vous – Tom Bunker – Joey Camacho / Raw & Rendered – Loan Casanave Ryan Close – Isobel Conroy Mark Conroy Matthew Cooper – Andrea Cuius / Nocte – Jack Cunningham – Valentina D'Efilippo – Sophie Durston – Renaud Futterer / Panoply – Julian Glander – Marcin Ignac / Variable Jamie Jones - Jean Michel Kajdan Michael Kirkham – Jim LeFevre – Luigi Mazzamuto McBess – Cian McLoughlin – Denise Nestor – Charlotte Quillet – Florent Rousseau – Joelle Snaith – Joe Sparrow – Karolis Strautnekias - Yuki Sugiyura - Javier Tomassi – Emmanuelle Walker – Duncan Wilson / Barber Osgerby – Industrial Facility — M&E —
Rock, paper, and scissors. They couldn’t be more...Rock, paper, and scissors. They couldn’t be more different if they tried. But despite their differences, they belong together and have become one of the most iconic, and beloved trios the world has ever seen. For Android’s “better together. not the same.” campaign, we told the story of how the these three unlikely friends, who are known for fighting each other, came together and used their differences for good. We all know that scissors beats paper, and that paper beats rock, but in this film we see these differences being used to rescue each other from certain situations. Ultimately, we see that when these totally different individuals come together, they will never be beaten.
Mind Enterprises’ new single, Chapita, is brought to life...Mind Enterprises’ new single, Chapita, is brought to life by Eran Amir and nexus vr studio in this innovative and colourful VR experience, combining an ambitious 360 storytelling experience with cinemagraphs and clonemotion technology, and employing a pioneering custom built single camera rig. The result is an immersive 360 narrative in which the dancer leads us into a multi-coloured world of choreographed dance loops set against a backdrop of stark contrast that lends a sense of infinite space. From MTV and Music Video Award-nominated videos to this stunning directorial debut, Eran has already captivated a YouTube audience with millions of views on his videos, 500 people in 100 seconds and Black and White (In Colour), to name a few.
Nexus Interactive Arts collaborated with The New Yorker...Nexus Interactive Arts collaborated with The New Yorker and the illustrator Christoph Neimann, on The New Yorker's annual Innovators Issue, with an augmented-reality (AR) experience triggered by the front and back covers of the print edition — a first for the magazine — and various advertising elements throughout the issue. The covers, designed by Christoph Niemann, bring a bustling subway car and city skyline to life. Niemann, a longtime New Yorker contributor, collaborated with Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker’s art editor, on the project. Christoph worked closely with the Interactive Arts team to design and animate the 3D city and integrate the necessary technology to deliver a really rewarding AR experience. With the May issue of the New Yorker and the app 'Uncovr', you can experience an augmented-reality experience that transforms the printed page into an interactive event that readers can explore. Niemann has embedded hidden surprises within the cityscape that are discoverable by moving and tilting one’s device.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jack London’s...To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jack London’s death, award-winning Nexus director Fx Goby has adapted the author’s classic novel To Build a Fire into a beautiful animated short film which is now an Oscar qualifier thanks to winning the Grand Prize at The Rhode Island Film Festival.
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