Yes, my friends - this is the big one. Damn it's beautiful. I have goosebumps.

Inspired by Walter Crane's 1893 painting "Neptune's Horses", we follow a group of scrawny Polynesian surfers who all want to tackle the biggest wave. The big one is their goal. The voice over copy is based on Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick, except for the line "Ahab says, 'I don't care who you are, here's to your dream.'". The abrupt silence in the middle of the film is perfection.

Client: Guinness Ad agency: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, London Directed by : Jonathan Glazer Location: Hawaii Soundtrack: Leftfield - "Phat Planet" - Rhythm and Stealth Account Executive: Gavin Thompson Creative Director: David Abbott Copywriter: Tom Carty Art Director: Walter Campbell Directors of Photography: Ivan Bird, Don King (water), Lee Allison (aerial) Production Designer: Ben Myhill Editor: Sam Sneade, Sam Sneade Editing, London Sound Design / Music Production Company: Wave Studios, London Sound Designer: Johnnie Burn [1] VFX: The Computer Film Company, London VFX Designers: Dan Glass / Adrian de Wet / Paddy Eason / Tom Debenham VFX Artists: Gavin Toomey / Alex Payman / Joe Pavlo VFX 3D Supervisor: Dominic Parker

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Comments (1)

  • yaksox's picture

    That's very effective the way the audio cuts out just as it sounds like it's really going to kick in.
    nice "The Horses of Neptune" reference work-in too.

    Jun 23, 2004