EXTRA CHEWY MINTS – INSTANT CONNECTIONS

You gotta give a little to get a little! And every time you share a mint with someone, you make a connection. I had a great time co-directing these magical moments to help launch Extra’s new Chewy Mints. Our two-pronged attack focused on the performances and settings for each scene, which include a Hawaiian vacation, a camper, a football fanatic, and an aspiring Parisian.

After casting our minty fresh recipients, we turned our attention to each backdrop. We were inspired by theatrical stage design to capture the whimsy, charm and emotion of each encounter. This gave me the opportunity to reunite with Nix + Gerber, my favorite collaborators from Tic Tac Little Adventures. Laurie and Kathleen fabricated four unique sets based on our production designs, then loaded their van, and drove them from their Brooklyn studio to our stage in Chicago.

After the shoot, we worked to lock the edit while our illustrators and animators created additional performances – namely the dolphins, bear, and cheerleader. Our 2D team then married each character with their environment, before a final color pass brought our Extra worlds together.

I am happy to report these little OLVs broke 1.5M views in the first week over at YouTube, and that’s pretty fresh.


PROCESS


BEHIND THE SCENES


CREDITS

Client: Wrigley

Agency: Energy BBDO

Directors: Jeff Boddy & Tristyn Von Berg
Production Company: Mill+
Executive Producer: Tracey Khan
Producer: Pat Fischer
Production Supervisor: Alison Becker
Assistant Director: Paul Ruffalo
Director of Photography: Dan Frantz
Assistant Camera: Eugene Hahm
DIT: Tyler Colgan
Gaffer: Brian Dailey
Key Grip: Jim Peterson
Best Boy: Stephen Wester, Sebastian Lama
Stylist: Jill Dunbar
Hair & Makeup: Michelle Norkett
Script Supervisor: Marianna Harrison
VFX Supervisor: Jamie Beckwith

Post-Production Company: The Mill
Producer: Natalie Ksiazek
Production Coordinator: Kate Ryan
Art Director: Matt Darnall
Illustrator: Anzie Lee
Motion Designers: TJ Sochor, Adrian Navarro, Devin Hayes
Editor: Charlotte Carr
Flame Artists: Heidi Anderson, Jamie Beckwith, Randy McEntee
Executive Producer, Colour: Laurie Adrianopoli
Colourist: Luke Morrison
Colour Assist: Lindsey Mazur

Miniature Dioramas: Nix + Gerber

Cast: Aeriel Williams, Michael B. Woods, Sarah E. Mitchell, Bernard Gilbert