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Gasket Scores With BEST BUY Spot

(February 20, 2008)
DMN Newswire--2008-2-20--Gasket Studios, a design, VFX and animation house, was recently approached by editorial company Butcher to help create a Best Buy spot that lands buyers in the middle of HD football action.  For this immersive experience Gasket designed and executed huge crowd populations in Chicago Bears Soldier Field where the Best Buy game unfolds.
?The ultimate goal was real game feel and authenticity, with the precision and detail you expect from HD, says Gasket Studios Creative Director Greg Shultz. ?Without a motion control camera and only a five hour shooting window with the talent, we knew that using a single, live action plate replication was not going to work for the stadium crowd. We had to develop a multiple effect strategy that could stand up to the most discerning eye.
This meant extensive preproduction discussions with all parties involved do develop the best approach for the spot. Their plan was to use a mixture of live action crowd plates on location, individual green screen fans shots and digital 3D animated crowds.  With strategy in hand, the Gasket team then went to Soldier Field to supervise the visual effects, where they collaborated with specialty shooter Tom Sigel, known for his work on such feature film spectaculars as XMen and Spider-man and live action director David Ramser. Over 65 plates were shot, with Gasket tracking the material multiple ways to ensure a seamless process in post.
Using Boujou and Maya for tracking, Maya for the 3D animated crowd and Flame for live action plate vfx, rotoscoping and compositing, Gasket populated the stadium, added sideline character action a new jumbotron and atmosphere, executing five shots in just 3 weeks.  Meanwhile, visual effects company VOLT, Gaskets neighbor, went to work on composting extensive game footage onto the numerous screens within the Best Buy environment. Butchers Dave Hennegar provided creative editorial and, with Butcher EP Rob Van, oversaw the post process a seamless collaboration between Gasket, VOLT, Butcher Edit and sound design company BWN.
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Client/Agency: Best Buy
Group Creative Director Joe Michaelson
Art Director Chris Haas
Copy Writer Karl Kozlowski
Associate Creative Director, Copy Travis Christie
Senior Manager, Production Management Vicki Mager
Producer Kathy Lally
Associate Producer Tom Lynch

Production Company: The Artists Company
Director David Ramser
Executive Producer Lori Lober
Producer Tom Evans

Editorial:  Butcher Edit
Editor Dave Hennegar
Producer Rob Van De Weteringe Buys

Design/Visual Effects: Gasket Studios
Director Greg Shultz
CGI/VFX Artists:
Justin Greiner
Dan Helgemoe
Matt Ebent
John Zilka
Nate Dorn
Elisa Takagi
Producer Tammy Kimbler Weber

Post Production: Volt Studios
Editor Steve Medin
Producer Charlie Lach

Surround Sound Design & Mix: BrahmstedWhiteNoise
Designer/Mixer Carl White
Producer Annie Holoien

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