Director Jimmy Marble, a maelstrom of style and irreverence, recently released his first project as a member of the Golden LA family: A lighthearted, action-packed spot for the launch of the NIKE KIDS “Air Max 270 Go” shoe. He adds this shoe launch spot to an expansive and versatile portfolio, which includes commercial shorts for Target, Pinterest, and Marc Jacobs, photography of celebrities like Ariana Grande, and several Vimeo Staff Pick-ed short films.
Framed within the context of the dad asking the child what she did that day, the Nike Kids Air Max spot follows a little girl from sun-up to sun-down, joyfully riding her bike, kicking a soccer ball, and gliding along on a skateboard toboggan. While highlighting the vibrant kid’s shoe in a variety of different playful contexts, Marble also seamlessly blends his colorful sense of surrealism and design with genuine, relatable emotion.
“There’s a mix I’m always aiming for between design and naturalness. Everyone is shot so specifically and accompanied by a distinct camera move. As a result, every performance from the kid feels authentic and natural, blending the design’s feel with realism.”
His second project and first full shoot with the global brand, the spot was also personal for Marble, who, as a four-year-old’s father, sought to capture the tenderness of his father-daughter relationship on-screen. He also highlights the maximalist lifestyle of a kid using marked camera moves, graphic matching, and a choice soundtrack, Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” which Marble associates with his own childhood and listened to non-stop in the studio while creating the ad.
“I remember really connecting to certain classical music pieces as a kid, and “The Marriage of Figaro” was one of those,” said Marble. “I remember dancing to it, almost possessed by its upbeat energy. I feel like the song embodies the joie de vivre of being a kid.”
The circumstances of the shoot only augmented the ad’s maximalist energy and tempo. They shot in L.A. during an unusual October heatwave.
“It was crazy hot, but there was a kid wrangler on set keeping them focused, energetic, and positive, so thankfully, we moved quickly,” said Marble.
At the ad’s close, after spending the day gleefully engaged in countless fun activities, the little girl finally replies about what she did that day with a hilariously apt,’ Nothing.’ It’s the perfect absurdist kid response and a tongue-in-cheek summation of such an impactful and successful campaign.
“I loved working with Golden on this project. They elevated the experience every step of the way,” said Marble. “It was great working brand-direct with Nike, too. It went so smoothly because they’re a brand that knows who they are and who understood and supported my vision.”
Client: Nike Kids
Global Brand Director: Jared Gillman
Art Director: Lisa Hopey
Brand Narrative Manager: Grant Smith
Designer: Kelly Ongkowidjojo
Art Director: Margherita Urbani
Producer: Marie Foley
Production Coordinator: Lauren May
Studio Coordinator: Haley Thomas
Sr. Studio Manager: Emmery McNamara
Sr. Art Director: Jenny Tondera
Sr. Brand Narrative Director: Go Wakimoto
Production: Golden LA
Director: Jimmy Marble
Managing Director: Matthew Marquis
Head of Production: Arwa Ibrahim
Producer: Eugene Sapp
Production Manager: Diamonique Drummond
Production Coordinator: Mary Leake
DoP: Nikita Kuzmenko
Production Designer: Tatiana Bianca van Sauter
Wardrobe: Imogene Barron
Makeup and hair: Heidi Nymark
BTS Photographer: Dimitri Tzoytzoyrakos
Editorial / Post: Golden LA
Studio EP: Kevin Gallagher
Producer: Pierre Nobile
Editor: Casey Swoyer
Animation: Jonathan Nee
Compositing/Finishing: Alex Brodie
Assistant Editor: Luke Sargent
Senior Colorist: Aubrey Woodiwiss