Nexus Studios, Observatory Team On Stop-Motion Film Showcasing Historic Link Between Corona and Mexico

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Robert Goldrich
Monday, Apr. 1, 2019

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In this stop-motion animation film narrated by Gael García Bernal, Corona shows how its history is entwined with Mexico’s. 

Created in conjunction with creative agency Observatory in Los Angeles, The History of ‘La Cerveza Mas Fina’ is a Spanish-language campaign for the Mexican market. The production narrates, in four chapters, the deep-rooted relationship Corona has with Mexicans since its beginnings in 1925, shortly after the Mexican Revolution. It was founded by a group of bakers who decided to use Corona’s iconic clear-glass bottle so that everyone could see it was made with the finest ingredients. 

Moving forward, during the golden age of Mexican cinema, the Corona Caravan brought culture and Coronas to every corner of the country. During the ‘80s, even when the country was being hit by economic crisis, the brand began an ambitious export plan, which helped the Mexican name span the globe. In the final chapter, we see how Mexicans in the present have learned to turn obstacles into opportunities, tearing down physical and mental barriers. 

“History says that we are made of the finest, and the finest never stops,”  García Bernal says in the 60-second video. 

The campaign was inspired by the label on every Corona bottle:' La Cerveza Mas Fina.' '“La Mas Fina' means quality and craft. So everything we did in our campaign had to have the same craft as our beer,” said Clarissa Pantoja, director of Corona.

The visual inspiration of this history stems from the imaginary universe of renowned Mexican surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg. His famous patterns and distinctive vanishing points, as well as the iconic “Hand-Chair” in which García Bernal begins to tell the story, help this production tie into Mexico’s vibrant legacy of art.

“Corona’s story is a tale that reflects the spirit of the Mexican people,” says Todd Hunter, co-CCO of Observatory. “To tell it, we were inspired by a medium that has captured Mexican history for centuries, its art, and brought it to life through a beautiful stop-motion film.”

The film was directed by Nicolas Ménard, produced and animated by London/LA based Nexus Studios. It took 24 images per second to give life and movement, all of which had to be filled with meticulously handcrafted sets and figures. The character models were designed at Nexus, then 3D printed and painted by Andy Gent’s team at Arch Model Studios whose credits include Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Fantastic Mr. Fox as well as Henry Selick’s Coraline and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. The music is an original score by Bridget Samuels, interpreted by an orchestra of over 50 musicians in London.

Credits

Client Corona, Mexico Agency Observatory Marketing Todd Hunter, co-chief creative officer; Jessica Hundley, Nicole McDonald, creative directors; Chris Totushek, head of production; Lula Fotis,  producer. Production Nexus Studios Chris O’Reilly, ECD/co-founder; Nicolas Menard, director; Luisa Murray, exec producer; Jo Bierton, producer; Rebecca Archer, production manager; Nico Domerego, lead/supervisor; Jack Cunningham, art director. Arch Model Studios Andy Gent, puppet & set fabrication. Music Bridget Samuels. Sound Design & Mix Barking Owl. Narration Gael Garcia Bernal

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