Check out the latest news in animation and sneak a never-seen-before peek at the making of Loeries Gold Craft winner, MTN “Stickies” (MetropolitanRepublic).
Wicked Pixels, South Africa's most awarded animation studio, remains focused on their passion for creating great work. 2008 has so far seen Wicked win 100% of their pitches. Recent wins include a cool CG/live action commercial for Kia's funky new car, the Rio (Singh&Sons), the complete on air imaging and branding for the upcoming 24hr e.News Channel (e.tv/DSTV) and a hot motion graphic spot for Hunters cider (DraftFCB).
All those attending the Design Indaba 11 last month would have seen the beautiful, quirky speaker title sequences designed and animated by the Wicked team. Although minimalist in execution, the 36 sequences were painstakingly created over a five-week period. Ravi Naidoo, Founder and Host of the Design Indaba Conference and Expo comments, “Design Indaba continues working with Wicked Pixels because of the quality of their work and their level of commitment. Wicked Pixels is ahead of its game in providing bespoke animation and motion graphics solutions."
In more news, Ross Chowles, Executive Creative Director and co-founder of The Jupiter Drawing Room CT, called upon Wicked to direct, design and animate a futuristic film for their client, Hyundai. Ogilvy again teamed up with Wicked to create a mouth-watering sequence of fruit, juice and colour for the TV launch of Stimorol's new Freshzone flavours, while MetropolitianRepublic kept the guys up all night creating 3D magic for MTN's new hi-speed Data Card.
Some stunning conceptual animation for the David Susman Foundation was commissioned by Ogilvy CT under the detailed eye of Group Creative Head, Jonathan Lang. Directed by Wicked's Andrew Shaw, the film takes the viewer on an ever-changing journey through landscapes and objects, all created from the simple shape of a round dot.
BBDO turned to Wicked to create a new motion graphic spot for their client, Capitec Bank. The campaign will make use of both TV and print. A creative combination of design and 3D animation will help this work stand out in the competitive retail banking environment.
Internationally, Dublin-based agency, Rothco commissioned a clever, title-driven spot for the Dublin City Library. Then across Europe, east to Saudi where Wicked has just won another pitch to create a photoreal 3D-animated commercial for a leading investment group, Watan.
On the awards circuit, the humorous animated spot Wicked produced for The Jupiter Drawing Room, Musica “Little Britain” (Loerie 2007 Silver) won Gold at Europe's EPICA Awards held late last year, alongside Cadbury's Dairy Milk “Gorillas” (Fallon, London) and Nike “Ballerina” (Nitro, London). Then it also won a pencil at The One Show.
Loeries Gold Craft winner, MTN “Stickies”, co-directed by Wicked's Craig Wessels for Paul Warner and team at MetropolitanRepublic, still seems to be alive and kicking, having been a Finalist at the EPICA Awards, and will soon feature on a behind-the-scenes look at commercials on a magazine program called “Go Commercial” in Germany. Last year it featured on a similar program on Japanese TV. For a 1min behind-the-scenes preview, click here.
Wicked's latest 2008 reel is out, featuring some awesome new work. To request their showreel, just .