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RESPECT THE VAN: NYLON POSTS HONDA'S LATEST

November 7, 2007
RESPECT THE VAN: NYLON POSTS HONDA'S LATEST

The Viking scene dynamically transitions to other mystical settings, including ones with wizards and fairy princesses. As the spot evolves, animation once again meets contemporary imagery of the Odyssey, clearly leaving viewers with a better understanding of the minivan's roots, which stem back to the days of "van coolness." Heart's "Barracuda" track drives the commercial with its heavy guitar riffs.

Nylon (www.nylon.la) directed both the live action and animation on Viking, which included the signature fuzzy line quality of the airbush style. All of the design was handled within Photoshop, and After Effects was used for compositing. Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya were used to create all of the environments. Maxon's Cinema 4D was used to create the growing trees and the dragonfly in the last scene. Liquid simulations and dynamics were executed using Real Flow. Live action of the van was composited with CG imagery using Eyeon Fusion.

Joe Montalbano executive produced the animation and live action for Nylon. Designers on the project included Bryan Lee, Jason Cook, Wonhee Lee and Tomas Pena. Sungwook Su, Kevin Kim, Jae Hyun Yoo and Hojun Oh served as 3D animators.

Titmouse Inc. provided character design and character animation. Magnus Hierta and Sam Sparks served as compositors and Edgar Diaz was rotoscope artist.

Riot in Santa Monica handled VFX/online for the project. Andy Davis was Inferno artist and Cecile F. Tecson and Robert Tatum handled rotoscoping.


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