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Crash & Sue’s Helps Parisian Shoes Stage An Extravaganza

Provides full roster of visual EFX, editing and color correction services for their dazzling spot (July 07, 2005)

Crash & Sue's Helps Parisian Shoes Stage An Extravaganza

Crash & Sue's Helps Parisian Shoes Stage An Extravaganza

Busby Berkeley isn’t the only one who can put on a show. Crash & Sue’s editorial and visual effects talent helped create a dazzling production for Laughlin Constable’s latest spot for Parisian Shoes - and it’s an extravaganza.

“Let’s Talk,” a 30-second commercial directed by David Orr of The Story Companies, opens with lush red curtains parting to reveal a tiered, wedding cake-like structure sitting center stage. It’s flanked by huge silver ramps of stairs where a stunning array of shapely high-heeled sandals and sexy slides are perched. Spotlights illuminate the stairs and cameras zoom and spin around the stylish footwear while overhead shots provide dazzling multi-image kaleidoscope effects. “Let’s talk about why women make such a big production about shoes,” says the voice over, accompanied by a jazzy swing track. “Well, come on, isn’t it obvious?” the voiceover continues. “Equally obvious is the fact that no one makes a bigger production than Parisian.” The spot ends with the silver ramps swinging together and meeting at the bottom as the red curtains fall.

“Most of the effects -- the curtains, the cake-like carrousel -- were practical sets David shot in the studio,” notes Greg Chamberlain who cut the spot. “But only one stair ramp was built, so we mirrored it in post to get two sides which come together.”

Chamberlain experimented with shots of different styles of shoes from various designers, mixing the looks and increasing the speed by as much as 3,000 percent on some shots, until he matched the rhythms of the pre-score. “The agency was very open to everything we wanted to try,” he notes.

Chamberlain edited “Let’s Talk” on an Apple Final Cut Pro system using Apple’s new Motion program for its flexibility and capabilities which he used to craft placeholder kaleidoscope effects.

Colorist Sue Lakso transferred the selects with bright, rich colors and handed them off to editor Derek Johnson who performed the online in Discreet Smoke where he used the Sapphire spark for the final kaleidoscope effects. He also created the mirror-image stair ramp in Smoke, crafted
supers for the names of the shoe designers and choreographed their interaction with the complex visual effects, and devised the spot’s opening and closing titles. Jake Parker tracked the supers on the stairs in Discreet Flame.

Crash & Sue’s mixer Bethany Lacktorin performed the final audio post with music mix and voice over.

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About Crash & Sue’s
Crash & Sue’s is a full-service postproduction boutique offering premier transfer, editing, visual effects, animation, finishing and audio services. For further information contact Heidi Habben at 612.338-7947 or go to

Product: Parisian Shoes
Title/length: “Let’s Talk,” :30
Airdate: June 28th, 2005

Agency: Laughlin Constable/Milwaukee
Executive Creative Director: Steve Laughlin
Associate Creative Director/Senior Producer/Art Director: Carrie Nygren
Creative Director/Copywriter: Kirk Ruhnke
Vice President/Account Services: Andy Rychlik

Production Co: The Story Companies/Chicago
Director: David Orr
DP: Romeo Tirone
Executive Producer: Mark Androw
Line Producer: Debbie Val

Where shot: Essanay Studios/Chicago

Editorial Co: Crash & Sue’s/Minneapolis
Editor: Greg Chamberlain

Transfer: Crash & Sue’s/Minneapolis
Colorist: Sue Lakso

Online and EFX: Crash & Sue’s/Minneapolis
Editor: Derek Johnson
Flame artist: Jake Parker
Post Producer: Heidi Habben

Music: EarHole Studios/Chicago
Composers: Eric Lampert, Eric Sproull

Audio Post: Echo Boys/Minneapolis
Mixer: Bethany Lacktorin


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