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Dead As We Know, Blur Studios Dip into ‘Black Ink’ for The Kraken Rum

Brooklyn-based shop Dead As We Know It was apparently so impressed with Blur Studios’ production work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s intro that they used the production company as not just collaborators but inspiration for their new spot for The Kraken Rum, entitled “Black Ink.”

Directed by Tim Miller, “Black Ink” is a departure from the previous 2D woodblock print style Dead As We Know It has used for their spots for Kraken, instead employing realistic 3D/CG animation to show the kraken on the rum bottle come to life and destroy a ship. The kraken in the spot is depicted in quick close-ups that jump quickly from shot to shot, implying the violence and danger of the mythical beast.

To accomplish the more realistic approach, the kraken was “designed with reference to actual octopus tentacles and eyeballs for a photo-real look to the movements and destruction.” This new approach isn’t such a drastic departure from the feel of the agency’s previous work. The shift in style is pulled off very well, and feels more like an evolution in approach than a drastic alteration of strategy. Dead As We Know It ECD Mikal Reich ridiculously describes the new spot as “dark and horrific, while at the same time luxurious and sexy.” While the spot is undeniably good eye candy, there’s nothing really sexy about it — unless you’re into tentacle porn. Credits after the jump.  Read more

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Coke’s ‘Happiness Factory’ Series Returns in Epic Fashion

W+K Amsterdam, Psyop and Human, the gang behind the well-received (and that’s putting it lightly) “Happiness Factory” effort for Coca-Cola, have reunited to bring us the “Great Happyfication,” and seeing that it’s Friday, what better time to roll this nearly seven-minute clip out. Meet our crooning, animated narrator Pete (who looks like a cross between Rango, Paul and maybe Hunter S. Thompson) as he sings us through an epic clip that’s like the soft drink giant’s version of Fantasia. What was the idea behind this, you ask? Well, according to a statement from Coke’s VP, global advertising strategy & content excellence (love the last part) Jonathan Mildenhall, “The brief was huge. We wanted to make the happiest 6 and a half minutes in film. No half measures. We also wanted to get the world singing the Coca-Cola 5 notes.” Ok, while you sing it loud world, check out  the Facebook component here and credits after the jump.

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