Dir: Adriano Falconi
CGI / VFX / Compositing / Color Grading / Finishing
It’s nighttime in downtown LA. City lights form a colorful urban backdrop. We follow our hero, a Tesla Model S, as it navigates the quiet city. As the car drives, we notice images of nature taking form— subtly at first, and then more distinct. Before long, a beautiful transformation has taken place as buildings form trees and city lights become stars. As this ride comes to an end, we realize that a ride is all it’s ever been: a car, driving through the city, naturally.
“Night Projections” is a spec piece sprung from the mind of director Adriano Falconi (known for his work with agencies and brands like Publicis, McCann, Fiat Group and MasterCard.) The vfx team at SUSPECT began with a concept of a projection effect starting simply enough, but soon began to behave in unexpected ways. Integrating the CG animals and forestry into the live action was only the first step. Before long the collaboration between SUSPECT ECD Tim Crean and Falconi began to push the envelope and blur the line between reality and dream. “Adriano really wanted it to come alive,” enthused Crean, “for the viewer to gradually lose touch with reality. It was a blast.”
GFX Design / Animation / Editing / Finishing
When Grey Advertising approached us to help work on their followup campaign to “Guns with History” for gun violence we jumped at the chance to help spread the word. This years campaign is centered around the symbolic gesture of asking people to be “Ghost Voters” and use their vote on behalf of someone who no longer can.
Over 30,000 people are killed in America each year due to gun violence. Just look at the faces in this video. Or maybe you even know someone personally or a family that has been torn apart by gun violence. There’s got to be a better way.
Thank you Grey for shedding more light and awareness on this epidemic and thanks for asking us to be a part of it.
Head over to https://ghostvote.com/ to lend your vote to someone who can’t.
Dir: Lenny Dorfman Hungry Man / Agency: BGB Group
VFX Supervision / CGI / Cleanup / Compositing / Finishing
“No pain, no strain” said the snail that played in Superbowl 50. There were no shortage of funny puns made while working on this spot featuring a middle aged man wandering around NYC envious of all who effortlessly poop.
When Pharma giant Astra Zeneca created a new magic pill called Movantik to relieve Opioid Induced Constipation they needed the biggest audience they could possibly find to get the turd out (sorry, I meant word). Hello Superbowl.
So what did we do here? A bunch of work that, like a poop is supposed to go completely unnoticed, including creating that little hero photo-realistic CGI snail, removing all the wet pavement and rain from the inclement weather during shooting, assisting the dog with his big “movement”, as well as other spot finishing details.
Dir: Alex Decaneas & Robert Appelblatt / SUSPECT
Concept Design/ Live Action Direction/ CGI/ Color grading/ Finishing
How do you STAC up?
SUSPECT was only too happy to test their 3D strategy skills in crafting this signature launch video for the popular new board game TIC STAC TOE. Working closely with NY boutique agency BigEyedWish, our creative team devised a pitched battle between timeless enemies in a barren wasteland worthy of Tolkien’s middle earth. The SUSPECT 3D team meticulously brought each flat “X” and “O” to life as brave soldiers executing spectacular fighting techniques, all while cleverly showcasing the innovative new style of game play. Completing the epic “300” style visuals was the cinematic audio mix care of the experts at FlavorLab. After transforming the world’s oldest leisure activity into a radical new 3D strategy game, it’s safe to say we “STAC” up just fine.
Concept Design/ Editorial/ Animation/ 3D/ 2D Compositing/
Can you sense it?
To mark the return of the most anticipated movie franchise of all time, HP has partnered with Lucas Film to produce the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook. SUSPECT was only too happy to channel their inner Sith to help introduce this dark side inspired notebook. Our devout Padawans crafted an entire universe through which the battle hardened notebook must travel, dodging menacing Star Wars characters and deadly asteroid fields all while showing off it’s amazing features. No detail was spared in bringing Kylo Ren, an exciting and mysterious new villain, to life. Who knew going to the dark side could be so much fun?
Dir: Tim Crean & Yuichi Uchida / SUSPECT
Live Action Direction / VFX supervision / Editing / Compositing / Color Grading / Finishing
One man was the indisputable king of New York City’s underworld. The other, a brash rebel hell bent on claiming the throne for himself at any cost…. The inevitable collision is solved the only way they know how: a white knuckle, heart pounding, winner take all confrontation….. over a ping pong table. “The Showdown” is both an instant noir classic and unique piece of branded content with an unexpected twist.
SUSPECT director Tim Crean was only too happy to pen and helm this distinctive short film with the help of co-director Yuichi Uchida. “The Pict Cake team back in Japan really wanted something more than a video tutorial for their social app-based service” recalls Crean. “We needed to deliver something that was fun and a little bit crazy, something that would break through all of the clutter out there.” The resulting film is a testament to Crean’s unique storytelling abilities as well as the artistry of the SUSPECT vfx team.
Our artists applied their deft touch to a multitude of tasks: crowd duplication; rig removal; retouching; set extension and of course, meticulously animating and compositing the ping-pong ball in every shot. Finally an uncompromising, gritty color grade was artfully wed to happy look and feel of the final plot twist.
Virtual Reality PreViz/ Design/ 3D/ Animation
SAP’s SapphireNOW is the world’s premiere business technology conference. For 2015 the creative team at SAP and BBDO wanted their messaging to permeate several million square feet of the conference hall with a unified, seamless and connected experience. To realize this they brought on the multi-disciplinary design studio SUSPECT.
The result was a floor plan featuring 37 projection screens totaling nearly 2000 feet in length. The centerpiece of the conference was the "Experience Zone", a magnificent 360 degree display requiring 44 projectors displaying synchronized, animated environments and messaging on the inside and outside of the 8 sided display.
The experience Zone presented several unique logistical and schedule challenges. To maximize the immersive nature of the Experience Zone a Virtual Reality (VR) “Pevisualization” was an absolute necessity to preview screen content in advance and see how it would interact from the viewers perspective and across the multiple screens.
This unique workflow allowed for several iterations of creative ideas and a platform to experiment collaboratively with SAP in order to maximize the experience.
Check out the video to see our content in action!
Dir: Tim Crean / SUSPECT
Concept Design/ Live Action Direction/ Color grading/ Finishing
The Ollie, kickflip, pop shuvit, frontside 180, Benihana and backside heelflip are just a few of the tricks we learned while shooting under the Manhattan Bridge. It's Mountain Dew Skate Week and some of NYC's best local talent showed up at the legendary LES skatepark to do their thing. We did our thing by concepting, shooting and finishing this entire project under one roof. Now GO SKATE!
Dir: Dan Jackson / A White Label Production
Grading/ Compositing/ Finishing
Expertly blending a modern athletic style with street sensibilities, fashion photographer Dan Jackson teams up once again with Clavin Klein for the 2015 Spring Campaign. The keen eye of our colorist combined with the subtle touch of our VFX team resulted in a striking film featuring models Edita Vilkeviciute and Tyson Ballou. Taking care to balance the stunning Malibu setting with the urban color palette, our artists left no detail unattended in retouching the environment to maximize the focus on the clothing and models. Expertise in CG wardrobe reconstruction was also utilized to perfect every facet of the outfits throughout the spot. Finally some clever blending techniques were incorporated to provide a unique composition of natural "magic hour" elements as the film ends.
Concept Design/ Editorial/ Animation/ 3D/ 2D Compositing/
HP colorfully bursts into 2015 with a cool, redesigned, more powerful Pavilion Notebook. Showcasing the bold and bright color options and lifestyle features of the new product line was our main challenge, and it turned out to be a fun psychedelic kaleidoscopic experience!
Dir: Tucker Gates
Compositing/ 3D/ Finishing
CODE RED …. SHE TOOK A JUICE BOX TO THE FACE! Just one of the Samsung home appliances to the rescue in this humorous campaign of spots that give us a glimpse into the not so perfect private lives of comedy couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell.
All of our work was meant to not be noticed, except for the CG end product animation of course.
We were in stitches! Fun project, excellent clients!
Dir: Lance Doty / Homestead Films
VFX Supervision / Design / Animation / VFX / Compositing / Finishing
The need for today's engines to deliver reduced emissions and high performance means they must work harder than ever before. (Sound familiar anyone?) The answer? No, not another espresso machine. It's CASTROL EDGE with Fluid Titanium Technology. Highlighting the titanium was accomplished through recreation of a beautiful, undulating 3D liquid effect. Combined with a striking color grade, the CG liquid effect intertwines the fate of our gridiron hero and his automobile nemesis, ultimately resulting in a surprising crescendo.
Live Action Direction/ Editorial/ Design/ Animation/ 3D/ 2D compositing/ Color Grading/ Finishing
Hewlett-Packard partnered with fashion designer Michael Bastian to pave the way for an upscale, high-tech brand of smartwatch. Throughout the entire production process, our key objective was always to showcase the intricate design, functionality and luxury, which was achieved by building ultra photo-real CGI. Capturing the high-end features in such explicit detail was a captivating challenge we are thrilled to show off.
Dir: Tim Crean / SUSPECT
Live Action Direction/ VFX Supervision/ Design/ Animation/ Compositing/ Finishing
A dream that began almost four decades ago with a sketch on a napkin is finally taking to the skies. Introducing the world's most advanced light jet; with an innovation in aircraft design that is turning the aviation industry upside down… literally!
Working with our friends at Mullen, resident SUSPECT Director Tim Crean helped craft the campaign that would launch this historic innovation. The spot uses real-life metaphors to highlight the speed, performance, space, and precision of this revolutionary light business jet.
From concept through completion every frame was carefully crafted by seamlessly combining multiple live-action shots with CGI environments to emphasize the hyper-realistic style of the campaign.
Dir: Craig McDean / A White Label Product
VFX Supervision/ Editorial/ Design/ Animation/ 3D/ Compositing/ Finishing
The renowned Estée Lauder brand is committed to the unshakable belief every woman can be beautiful. Guided by this simple principle over the last 60 years, the company has grown into a worldwide brand and transformed the beauty business.
SUSPECT is proud to collaborate again with Estée Lauder as it moves into the future with the Revitalizing Supreme product line. Deftly weaving gorgeous cinematography with the science and technology inside the formula, our artists sought to create something worthy of such a storied brand. We think Mrs. Lauder would approve.
Dir: Douglas Purver
Animation/ 3D/ Compositing/ Finishing
Running Green explores the differences between subtle moments and prolonged movements. Contrasting the natural with the synthetic. Collaborating with Director Douglas Purver, SUSPECT helped craft this beautiful, visual experiment in time. Accomplished through the flawless blend of practical and computer generated elements, this slow-motion narrative unfolds over the backdrop of a frenetic, high-speed, New York City street. This unique combination of techniques produces a moment that is equal parts paradox and arresting beauty.
Dir: Ben Zlotucha / Caviar Content
Color Grading/ 2D Compositing/ Finishing
Imagine paying for things without lifting a finger. No digging around, just tell the cashier you’d like to pay with Google, and you’re good to go. The SUSPECT VFX & finishing team was thrilled to offer R/GA, the 2015 Cannes Lion Agency of the year, a helping hand in creating the very first commercial for Google Hands Free. Our artists applied their invisible vfx touch to several of the shots to solve continuity issues between scenes as well as screen composites and retouching. A distinct color grade to highlight the breadth of different situations and environments was developed by our telecine artist to round out this exciting project.
Concept Design/ 2D and 2D Animation /
TWC Enjoy Better
Looking for a new way to display the latest TV, Internet + Phone offerings TWC reached out to SUSPECT to create a TWC universe conveying ultra speed, entertainment and networking.
By entering the universe through the TWC logo we helped to keep brand recognition first and foremost. We also created the Enjoy Better mnemonic device which has been used on all TWC spots in recent years.
Dir: Tim Crean / SUSPECT
Design/ Editorial/ 3D / Compositing/ Finishing
"Sexy" is not normally an adjective associated with a credit card. Despite that fact, the SUSPECT creative team was game to take on the challenge: make an everyday credit card look and feel like a luxury automobile. Utilizing CG macro-photography techniques and a delicate play of light across the pristine surface we found stunning beauty in the smallest of places.
Dir: Ellen Von Unwerth
Design/ Compositing/ Finishing
The 150 year campaign served as a retrospective, aimed at showcasing Bacardi’s historic role in starting legendary parties; a toast to the brand’s past before we move forward and introduce its present and future. Legendary fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth filmed the historic party of the century. Suspect provided color correction and branded endtag design.
Dir: Harmony Korine / MJZ
3D / Compositing / Finishing
Brilliant. Hilarious. Terrifying. …and these are just a few of the words used to describe Harmony Korine's chaotic deconstruction of Nicholas Ray's classic "Rebel Without a Cause." Starring James Franco as Sal Mineo, this 6 minute film debuted at a special MOCA Los Angeles exhibition to rave reviews. SUSPECT was honored to contribute our design skills as well as our CG viscera.
Dir: Mario Sorrenti / Southdown Pictures
VFX Supervision/ 3D animation/ Compositing
Holidays are a special time of year. Estée Lauder wants to make sure it's also memorable with their coveted limited edition holiday gifts. This year they spared no expense with the trend-setting Estée Charming bracelet. Lensed by famed fashion photog Mario Sorrenti the commerical follows a magical red ribbon, with supermodel Carolyn Murphy in tow, through an oppulent mansion adorned with magical holiday gifts. Our artists brought their own charming talents to bear on the CG ribbon which painstakingly unknots itself to let Carolyn pass through a door. With the success of the initial shot, CG ribbons were soon added to multiple scenes throughout the project. In conjunction with holiday atmospherics and lighting effects our artists rounded out the piece with an extravagant tree made entirely of gifts and ribbons.
Dir: Tim Godsall / Biscuit Filmworks
VFX Supervision/ Design/ 3D/ Compositing/ Finishing
He's big. He's hairy. He's in wading shoes and a Speedo. Not many would feel comfortable rocking that look, but Southern Comfort is celebrating the man who does: Comfortable Beach Guy.
Wieden + Kennedy NY tapped into SUSPECT's super cool, comfortable vibe to help launch the rebrand of this venerable southern liqueur. Gotta respect the man who's cool with letting it all hang out!
Dir: Co-directed by SUSPECT and Jeff Reed
VFX Supervision/ Editorial/ Design/ Animation/ 3D/ Compositing/ Finishing
When the world leader in enterprise software solutions decides to make a move into the mobile realm, you know it's going to be big. To illustrate just how big, SAP turned to SUSPECT to help visualize the innovative technology at the core of this new mobile venture. From the earliest stages of concept design on through production and post, our creative team was instrumental in breathing life into some very abstract concepts. The result? A beautiful short film demonstrating the effortless connection between business and customer.
Dir: Hoon Chong / SUSPECT
Live Action Direction/ Editorial/ 3D/
Compositing/ Design/ Animation/
To celebrate the artistry, culture and all around awesomeness of Vimeo, SUSPECT was commissioned to create an expansive, design driven manifesto for the best video player in the world. Identifying closely with Vimeo's DIY history and social networking, we set off to create something memorable, something different, something really, REALLY cool. With an open creative brief in hand, our team went to town: Live action, stop-motion, cell animation, 2D and 3D CGI. We even used yarn and some burnt toast! Nothing was off limits in this 90 second homage to inspiration and creativity.
Dir: David Gray / Station Film
VFX Supervision/ 3D/ Compositing/
Despite his already legendary skills (and dance moves) on the gridiron, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz felt he had to do something to solidify his spot in the ProBowl lineup. Something BIG. SUSPECT was on hand to witness just how big. The NFL ProBowl. Mere mortals need not apply.
Concept Design/ Animation/ 3D/ Compositing/ Finishing
YEAH, YOU SHOULD BE SCARED
Take on the competition anytime, anywhere with the high-performance HP Omen Notebook. Dominate your opponents with stunning graphics, lightning-fast processing, immersive sound, and customizable features.
With a killer design, HP Omen is machined out of premium lightweight aluminum that surrounds a custom powerhouse processor and a stunning, razor-sharp 15-inch diagonal display.
Dir: SUSPECT / Comedy Central Productions
Concept Design/ Live Action Direction/ Editorial/ Animation/ 3D/ Compositing/ Finishing
Back in his hometown, Morgan performs in front of a packed house at the iconic Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater. Morgan weaves hilarious personal stories about his journey from Bed-Stuy to Hollywood. The creative team at SUSPECT was thrilled to collaborate directly with Tracy Morgan and Comedy Central in developing a very Brooklyn show opening.
Dir: Moh Azima
Simon & Schuster
Design/ Animation/ Color Grading/ 3D/ VFX Compositing/ Finishing
From Tonya Hurley, the author of New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, comes a dark and thrilling new trilogy: "The Blessed" It was of the utmost importance the accompanying cinematic trailer was imbued with the same ominous mood as the books. Luckily for Director Moh Azima, the creative team at SUSPECT was only too happy to channel their inner demons. A multitude of VFX shots, including the shattered pieces of a ghostly CGI mirror as well as a demonic face warping helped contribute to the creepy vibe. Topped off with an animorphic lens treatment and eerie color grade, The Blessed looks to be one of the scariest projects we've ever worked on!
Dir: Hank Perlman / Hungry Man
VFX Supervision/ 3D/ Compositing/ Design/ Finishing
SUSPECT, along with comedy-genius Hank Perlman of Hungry Man, teamed up with Wieden + Kennedy to bring us up close and personal in-your-face photography of NFL stars in this hilarious two-spot package for Fathead. We like to think of our VFX team as half ninja too! Lead by ECD Tim Crean, we successfully integrated our superhuman cameraman from green screen into actual footage of an NFL football game. We were also fully responsible for creating the branded endtag animation, to be incorporated into future spots.
Dir: Angelo Pennnetta / a WHITELABEL product
Design/ Animation/ 3D/ Beauty/ Finishing
Powerhouse fashion and beauty agency AR New York needed a high level design and animation team to help launch a brand new Almay Smart Shade product line. The team at SUSPECT helped visualize the science behind the Smart Shade line in addition to several CG product shots and to bring the iconic Almay logo to life. It doesn't hurt that the new Almay Global Brand Ambassador is country superstar Carrie Underwood.