New Middle-Earth: Shadow of War TV Spots Secretly Shot in Lisbon Now Released
Middle-earth: Shadow of War - the action role-playing video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, launched two new TV commercials last week.
The films centre on two Orcs who are either determined to seek revenge or repay their debt in the physical realm of everyday life. NOTHING WILL BE FORGOTTEN!
The commercials bring the fantasy world of Middle-Earth Orcs into the everyday world of our two humans protaganists, Brian and Jerry.
We see Brian and Jerry’s life-long ordeals with their Orc’s which are the consequence of one decision they made whilst playing SHADOW OF WAR where NOTHING WILL BE FORGOTTEN.
Directed by Tim Bullock for Ruffian USA, Tim says of the Orcs – “Cross one, and they’ll never let it slide, but do one a favour and they’re your ugly, ruthless, 8-foot tall, built-like-a-mountain friend for life.”
The Orcs required hours of prosthetics prior to filming. But it wasn’t just the Orcs - to appear as if filmed over the course of 50 years, the humans - Brian and Jerry - also required prosthetic ageing throughout the commercials to show 50 years of their lives.
Filming in Portugal, PAGE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES provided all the local production services for this international project, shooting in and around Lisbon, with an array of different SFX requirements, from sinking boats, smashing up cars, pyrotechnics and many other stunts.
It was very important for Warner Bros, that all the crew understood the secrecy surrounding the project. “It was difficult…” explains Nick Roycroft. “…when an 8ft Orc is setting fire to a mobility scooter in the middle of a housing estate but we worked very hard with all our crew to keep this project confidential and we are very pleased to have played our role in these very enjoyable and amusing commercials".
Brand Manager: Sharis Gharibi
Senior Manager Marketing: Matthew Geyer
Associate Marketing Manager: Irene Chan
Creative Agency: The Martin Agency
Producer: Ben Latimer
Executive Creative Director: James Robinson
Planning Director: Meg Riley
Creative Directors: Marie Richer / Jamie Umpherson
Production Company: Ruffian
Executive Producer: David Richards
Director: Tim Bullock
DOP: Jan Velicky
Producer: Malachy Mcanenny
Head of Production: Sheila Eisenstein
President: Robert Herman
1st AD: Jim Cole
Production Manager: Kristin Rathje
Production Designer: Pablo Tregebov Poza
Production Service Company: Page International Services
Executive Producer: Nick Page
Producer: Nick Roycroft
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