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GTB UK, 2AM Films, Electric Theatre Collective Set Butterflies Free For Ford Focus Active

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Robert Goldrich
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

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In this spot we see beautiful, CGI, mechanical butterflies made from individual components of the all-new Ford Focus Active hatching out of chrysalis to come together in a stunning kaleidoscope to form the new vehicle. The ad uses the butterflies to symbolize the beauty that can emerge from change. 

The Ford UK commercial was directed by Steve Cope at 2AM Films for agency GTB UK. Visual effects house on the job was Electric Theatre Collective.

Neil Scholes, VFX supervisor at Electric, said: “It was a blast working on this new Ford film. The director, Steve Cope, wanted to enjoy the mechanical nature of these butterflies, and to see all the different car materials from red glass to white metallic paint. The challenge was keeping the animation playful and realistic but also making sure all the different tones and colors combined correctly whilst forming the car. We’re really happy with the end result.”

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Client Ford UK/Ford Focus Active Agency GTB Paul Yull, Adrian Birkinshaw, executive creative directors; Ash Prentice, James Child, creatives; Romila Sanassy, Aaron Clark, producers. Production 2AM Films Steve Cope, director; Nick Crabb, managing director/exec producer; Chris Cable, producer. VFX Electric Theatre Collective, London Jon Purton, producer; Neil Scholes, VFX supervisor/3D lead; Tobin Brett, FX lead; Iain Murray, 2D lead; Alex Prod’Homme, Christian Block, Alex Grey, Aitor Arroyo, Daniel Manning, 2D artists; Gareth Bell, Thanos Topouzis, Ryan Maddox, Patrick Krafft Conor Ryan, Nicolas Lebas, Max Johnson, Stephane Renaldi, Quentin Dubois, Tom Di Stasio, Thanos Kousis, Eddy Martinez, Nick Turner, Kristopher Gropatsakis, 3D artists; Luke Morrison, colorist (Toolbox: Flame, Nuke, Maya, Houdini) 

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