Absolutely Impossible - and of Course Flawlessly Done

Wireless has put the world at our fingertips - to an almost literal degree. In a spot for CTIA (The Wireless Association), that is built upon a visceral, larger-than-life representation of wireless technology in our everyday lives, Absolute artfully shows us the power of innovation to control many things by unleashing the capabilities of our wireless devices.

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A woman who forgot change for a parking meter does better than begging to change a dollar in a store: She uses her nimble fingers - mirroring the interactive experience of the wireless world - to access her bank account to pay for her parking meter. A man beside an industrial building uses the same authoritative, tech-savvy hand gestures to command a fleet of semis. A doctor on her lunch break sorts through a digital world of MRIs before her, highlighting the ease with which the internet co-exists with the medical world. And even the fireman, who epitomizes the active, on-the-ground hero, fights his nemesis virtually, waving his digits about to identify the source of a raging high-rise fire.

After Hello & Company Director Mehdi Norowzian, via GMMB, shot the scenes described above, Absolute used a combination of Flame, Combustion, Maya and After Effects to inject the fun into the spot. They built photo-real CG coins for the parking meter scene and then composited them into the live-action footage. For the truck sequence, Absolute composited six semis into the scenes, working with multiple plates to give them as much flexibility as possible. They created the MRIs in 2D using stock footage and enhanced them in Photoshop, then composited them into the footage and added the reflections, glows, and other effects.

The emergency workers scene, for which Absolute developed a blueprint and thermal look, proved to be the most challenging, as it required extensive research and development. The studio conducted several rounds of tests to get the look as close to the director's vision as possible, then applied and refined it once they earned Norowzian's approval.

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Credits:

Client: CTIA - The Wireless Association
Spot Title: Command :30
Air Date: March 2011

Agency: GMMB
CD: John Gundlach
ACD: Jen Harfeld
SCW: Don Corrigan
Producer: Gabriel Kornbluh

Prod Co: Hello & Company
Director: Mehdi Norowzian
DP: Chris Blauvelt
EP: Carl Swan
Head of Production: Alexandra Chamberlain
Producer: Jay Spangler

Editorial Co: Cut + Run NY
Editor: Akiko Iwakawa
Asst. Editor: Stacy Peterson
EP: Rana Martin
Producer: Ashley Carrier

Post/Effects Co: Absolute Post
Lead VFX/Inferno Artist: James "Krispy" Cornwell
EP: Sally Heath
Producer: John Skeffington

Telecine Co: The Mill NY
Colorist: Fergus McCall

Shoot Location: LA

About Absolute:

Founded in 2004 by David Smith, one of the world's leading Flame artists, Absolute is a high-end VFX studio working within the commercial, emerging media, music video, and film communities. With offices in New York and London, Absolute over the years has collected numerous industry accolades including two BTAA awards, a D&AD pencil, a Cannes Lion, an APA Collection Diamond, three Andy wins and an MTV video statue. The New York office opened in 2007, helmed by CD Dirk Greene, to further facilitate Absolute's international client roster with a growing Flame and CG service.