I always enjoy a good animation, and Paranoid's Edouard Salier has done a great job here. The similarities to Coke world cup "Celebration" with the same song and the same celebratory movements by players is a little annoying. Wish I had seen this take on it first, instead.
Each player in each sport has their own form of revelry to celebrate points scored. For some it’s a hand motion, for some it’s a somersault, and for others it’s a well-crafted humorous dance. In honor of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup and to promote Coca Cola’s sponsorship, Paranoid US Director Edouard Salier, created an animated medley of celebrations entitled “Quest”. With Coke’s long history of successful animated spots and Edouard’s visual storytelling ability, the collaboration was a perfect fit.
Initially set on a field of dust in Africa, far from the shiny professional stadiums, “Quest” follows a young football enthusiast looking for celebration. He sets off on a magical journey, in search of the sport’s most festive experiences. Along the way, he encounters various football teams, each with their own personal style of merriment. He then realizes the celebration is within himself and he can bring it to any environment.
Armed with a script from the agency, SANTO, Edouard was tasked with producing a visual accompaniment that brought the celebration of football to life. With his poetic visual concept in place, Edouard worked with a design team in Paris to generate an animated storyboard. The character and background details were highly important to make the spot magical, yet believable. Edouard relied heavily on the experienced crew of artists from Digital District, who specialize in animation and visual effects. With only photography as reference, it was up to the skilled animators, to make the main character have human facial features, reactions and movements.
The end result is a spot that the most-die hard football fans will enjoy, as it is filled with the symbols of various goal celebrations--from robotic dancing to a mock crew team. However, it is just as entertaining for anyone looking for the usual joyful spirit and awe-inducing visuals synonymous with the Coca-Cola brand. The spot, an eight month long production, begins airing globally and will continue to run through the end of the FIFA World Cup tournament.
Global Brand Director - Shay Drohan
Project Lead – Emmanuel Seuge
Creative Excellence -Jonathan Mildenhal
Agency - SANTO, Buenos Aires
Creative Directors - Sebastian Wilhelm, Pablo Minces
Art Director - Maximiliano Anselmo
Copy Writer - Pablo Minces
Producer - Ezequiel Ortiz
Account Director - Ignacio Diez
Planner - Martin Cole
Production Company - Paranoid US
Director - Edouard Salier
Executive Producers- Claude Letessier, Cathleen O'Conor
Flame Artist - Christophe Richard
Flame Assistant - Amandine Moulinet
Producer - Anne Lifshitz
Graphic Designers - Yué Wu, Corentin Rouge, Marthe Salier, Damien Martin, Julien Michel, Xavier Reyé, Florent Gombeau
Post Company - Digital District
Post Supervisor - Peggy Tavenne
Executive Producer - David Danesi
VFX Artists- Marc-Thomas Cave, Jean Lamoureux, Thomas Marque, Florian Rihn
Modeling - Jimmy Cave
Animation - Romuald Caudroit, Remi Gamiette, Margaux Durand-Rival, Nicolas Dabos
Lighting - Nicolas Belin, Nicolas Vion
Audio Company - X-Track
Mixer/Engineer - François Roy
Executive Producer - François Roy
Track Artist - K'NAAN