On behalf of Brand New School, it's our pleasure to share this spot that director Jonathan Notaro and his BNS colleagues have recently created for advertising agency Mother New York as part of its "Love Thy Pits" campaign for Mitchum.

The campaign contributions from BNS include three :30 spots in total, including this latest one entitled "Dawson's Kid."

Jonathan and BNS producer Toby Sowers provided this summary of the project's unique production approach:

Together with director of photography Eric Treml, Jonathan and the BNS team used the ARRI Alexa digital camera system to capture their HD source footage during three days of production on-stage.

"We essentially painted animation on people's skin, using a fusion of digital and practical techniques," Jonathan explained. "After exploring different ways of accomplishing the desired effect, we filmed people with real paint on their skin, then we animated artwork using traditional cel animation techniques, where we matched the practical paint used in the live-action shoot. The animation was then composited onto their skin using seamless digital visual effects."

BNS artists tracked the form of the human body using mocha, then animated what they wanted on the body using cel animation with hand-drawn artwork. They then projected their animation onto the tracked body and composited the work in Nuke to make it feel like actual paint. Final color was handled in Autodesk Flame.

Several high-res stills and much more campaign information are available with the campaign press release, which you can find here: http://bit.ly/PitLove

The spot's credits follow below. Thanks very much for your interest!

Project Name: Mitchum Love Thy Pits "Dawson's Kid" Length: :30 Debut Dates: July 18, 2011 More Info: http://lovethypits.com and http://facebook.com/Mitchum Client: Mitchum Brand from Revlon, Inc. Advertising Agency: Mother New York Creatives: Dave Clark, Christine Gignac, Rob Trostle, Michael Ian Kaye, Bobby Hershfield, Paul Malmstrom Strategist: Sarah Plaskitt Agency Producer: Christine DoRego Mother: Amory Wooden Production Company: Brand New School Director: Jonathan Notaro Director of Photography: Eric Treml Line Producer: David Wolfson Production Manager: Stacy Bergstein Art Director: Justin Fines Editor: Erik Barnes Flame: Blake Huber Designers: Jonathan Notaro, Justin Fines, Stephen Kelleher CG Lead: Vadim Turchin 3D Animation: Han Ho, Jerry Chow, Ryan Lang, Adam Rosenzweig 2D Animation: Hyesung Park, Robin Greenwood, Andy Mastrocinque, Adam Sacks, Justin Demetrician Storyboard Artist: Will Rosado Compositor: Ted Kotsaftis, Bill Dorais Executive Producer: Devin Brook Managing Director: Danny Rosenbloom Post Producer: Toby Sowers Production Coordinator: Zoe Beyer Music & Sound Design Company: The Lodge Creative Directors: Eric Hillebrecht & Colin Thibadeau

about the author