Added by on 2013-02-15

Making Of – Dell “Thomas” by MPC
MPC introduces “Thomas,” a photo-real VFX-fuelled spot for Dell that reveals the transformative power of imagination.

A behind the scenes look at the making of the Dell “Thomas and the Alternate Universe” Toad character.

A behind the scenes look at the making of the Dell “Thomas and the Alternate Universe” Rabbit character.

Character Development…

“The most important personality trait of the toad is that he is a bit grumpy and irritable,” added 2D Lead Gigi Ng. “We tried to accentuate this with his mouth line by making it more prominent, but with a subtle frown. We also emphasized how his eyes furrow and are never really open wide. He’s never curious, but always suspicious. By contrast, the rabbit character is always wide-eyed and alert.”

“Our priority was also researching anatomy to capture a perfect, believable look,” said CG Lead Bill Dorais. “For the toad we were trying to get the blinks to look correct, giving him a nictitating membrane, a thin skin that covers the eye. Our philosophy going into this was that the more details we added, the more believable the piece would be.”

MPC leveraged their proprietary software “Furtility” to create photorealistic hair, fur, feathers, and other details, providing easy integration with the live action footage. “We had a big advantage in this spot. Over the years we’ve researched and developed quite a bit of software for our feature film side and have been able to utilize and apply these technological advances to commercials. Without the use of Furtility, I don’t think we would have captured the nuances of these characters as easily,” added MPC Head of Production and Producer on Dell, Derek Macleod-Veilleux.
The resulting spot proved to be both visually imaginative and a great collaboration with the agency team at Y&R. “Thomas” also introduced Furlined Director Bjoern Ruehmann to MPC. “To work with MPC on the Dell commercial was more than great fun, it was a pleasure,” remarked Ruhmann. “Their hard work, talent and passion brought the story of Thomas and his alternate universe to life and made the weeks we worked together an exciting adventure. They have a great share in the magic of this spot.”

Watch the commercial: Meet Thomas: Creator of an Alternate Universe.

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