Amidst the whirling dervish of high-profile drivers and in-your-face horsepower, ad agency Jump Co. and Twist Director Matt Pittroff had to tell millions of rabid NASCAR fans that things were going be different this year. The 2011 season offered a brand-new breed of driver, new cars, and rule changes that would produce a never-before-seen NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion. Pittroff collaborated with Cerebral Lounge on visual effects and editorial to create a three-spot campaign via a slightly inept and completely overzealous tour guide who showcases the new faces, new cars and new rules in some pretty unexpected and unconventional ways. I knew the success of this campaign hinged on finding the right tour guide, explains Pittroff. My exploratory approach to casting ultimately uncovered a pretty unique tour guide in Brandon Odell via The People Store in Atlanta. We cast the net wide for the role looking for what amounted to a NASCAR version of Kenneth from 30 Rock. Our ultimate choice is about as far from Kenneth and NASCAR as you can get, but somehow it just worked. Pittroff and Cerebral Lounge in Washington, DC collaborated together on editorial and visual effects. Its rare to do a spot without some effects these days, notes Pittroff. My goal is always to keep as much in-camera as possible and create effects that go un-noticed by the audience. We worked very closely with Cerebral Lounge on the post effects in making the right choices and capturing the right elements. From tire rubs, to car-sized glass trophy cases, to a celebrity face replacement, they nailed it. Matt brought a true strength in casting to this project, says Jump Co. Copywriter Matt Telthorst. He has an obvious passion and dedication to his work, and that was obvious to us. He had great ideas that he offered through the entire creative process, including sitting in the edit room to make sure the vision stayed consistent throughout the campaign. We really enjoyed working with him on this unique ad campaign for NASCAR.
Client: NASCAR Spot Titles: Tram at the Track :30; Under Glass :30; Video :30 Shot on location at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, NC Advertising Agency: Jump Co Creative Director: Bob Harris Copywriter: Matt Telthorst Art Director: Steve Schwartz Producer: Michael Windler Production Company: Twist Director: Matt Pittroff DP: Andy Lilien President/Executive Producer: Jim Geib Executive Producer: Amyliz Pera Line Producer: Steve Blair Staff Reps: Rob Neill, Kathryn Lotis Editorial & VFX Company: Cerebral Lounge On-Set Supervision: LeRoy Konen, Owen Lang Editorial/Online Editor: Owen Lang 2D VFX/Animation Matte Painting: Giles DSouza Graphic Design: Giles DSouza, Sheena Callage Composite/Rotoscope: Andrew Dickenson 3D Design/Animation: Chris DiNardo Post Producer: Alissa Liebert Postproduction Company: Out of the Blue Colorist: Micah Kurz Executive Producer: Steve Bodner Sound Design/Audio Post Company: Clean Cuts Music Sound Designer/Mixer: Andrew Eppig, Cadell Cook Audio Producer: Jessica Barbot