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Posts Tagged ‘Neil Huxley’

Mistress, Ubisoft ‘Make History’ for Assasin’s Creed Unity

Multi-disciplinary agency Mistress worked with Ubisoft to create a cinematic trailer for the upcoming release of Assasin’s Creed Unity, the latest in Ubisoft’s long-running franchise which is set for a November 11th release.

Mistress teamed up with production company Mothership Media and VFX studio Digital Domain to bring the trailer to life. The spot opens on in-game action, which text informs the viewer takes place in 1789, during the French Revolution. Then the action cuts to a group of friends sitting in a row, each with controller and headset in place, demonstrating the game’s new cooperative multiplayer feature. From here action switches between the friends and their in-game counterparts in the all too common “thrust into the action” trope. Still, Mistress and company pull it off better than most, pacing the transitions well and giving a good glimpse of the action gamers can expect while presenting a persuasive representation of being thrown into the world of the game. The ad ends with a new tagline for the franchise, “Make History,” which seems like a great fit.

“We loved working with Mistress because they had a distinct vision of what the spot should be, they stuck to it and Ubisoft trusted that instinct,” Director Neil Huxley said. “Using everything from the performances of the gamers which were edgy and fun to every weapon at our disposal from our VFX pipeline, helped us arrive at a very stylized cinematic spot we’re all very proud of.” Read more

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Mothership/Digital Domain Welcome New CD Aboard

Designer/director Neil Huxley has signed on as a CD at Digital Domain and its production unit, Mothership. In his new post, Huxley will work across advertising, games, marketing, films and all media at both shops. In addition, he’ll be responsible for directing/producing commercials for screens of all sizes under the Mothership banner.

The London-native most recently worked as an art director at Los Angeles-based yU+cp, where he worked on the opening title sequence of the comic book movie Watchmen (which is arguably the best part of the film), art direction on over 600 shots of the action movie Gamer and designing 3D graphic interfaces for sci-fi blockbuster, Avatar. Huxley’s work in advertising includes directing, design, animation and live shots for clients like Diet Coke, Honda, Pepsi, Spike TV, TNT and Target.

One example of Huxley’s most recent directorial work, this being for AKQA and Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim videogame, can be seen here. This one’s for you, gaming geeks.