Framestore has character designed, animated and directed a Boys and Girls advert for Three Ireland’s new ‘all you can eat everything’ plan, completing the full-CG :30 spots on a tight three-and-a-half week schedule.
“It was a short schedule by anyone’s standards, but the approach of putting a bit more creative control into one place and having a one-stop creative solution, from concept to CGI to directing, can be more efficient,” said director Diarmid Harrison-Murray. “You don’t always need to take the scenic route to get a great result.”
From the agency’s brief, Framestore started designing the fish and creating storyboards. These were then developed into an animatic that demonstrated the style the team wanted the commercial to have, and with that set, modelling, rigging and animation, they could begin. Directing in-house, Framestore collaborated with Boys and Girls to develop the spot together, and the agency allowed plenty of artistic freedom throughout the process, which helped the team work quickly.
The fate of the final link in the food chain, the giant octopus, was one of Framestore’s own script evolutions – the team liked the idea of him waking up from a dream only to realize he’s not a giant sea monster, but someone else’s lunch.