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Tom Merilion Directs Stunning Film for Quaker Oats

HLA, 1 year, 5 months ago

HLA’s Tom Merilion joins forces with AMV BBDO to create the film, which stars Buzz Aldrin

Tom Merilion Directs Stunning Film for Quaker Oats

‘Moon’ is a beautifully crafted film that gives us an insight to what fuelled Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon.

Tom captures Buzz reminiscing while watching the original NASA footage of his time on the Apollo 11 mission. The archived footage and live action transitions are seamless. This coupled with Tom’s incredible ability to capture authentic moments and stunning visuals, makes this an emotive and powerful film.

 Tom Merilion, Director, HLA said: “The whole shoot was an amazing experience. People forget what an incredible feat this was for mankind and it’s made even more unbelievable by the fact that it was nearly fifty years ago. Buzz was a true gent.”

Tim Daukes, Producer, HLA said: “Tom handled Buzz Aldrin with such deft professionalism.  Director and star struck up a relationship that enabled us to capture candid and emotional reflections on arguably man’s greatest ever achievement.  It’s important to remember this story has been told for almost fifty years - with Tom behind the camera it felt like Buzz was genuinely transported back to that extraordinary time.  I’ll never forget this job, what an honour.”

Tom joined HLA earlier this year off the back of a catalogue of exceptional TV commercials, from the original Jamie Oliver Sainsbury’s ads to the beautifully shot HSBC ‘Bruichladdich’. His wealth of experience not only sits in the realm of moving image, he is also as an established stills photographer. Tom has been published in the Guardian, Independent on Sunday as well as having his work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.


Brand: Quaker Oats - PepsiCo

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: AMV BBDO

Copywriter: Tony Strong

Art Director: Michael Durban

Executive Creative Director: Paul Brazier

Creatives: Diane Leaver / Simon Rice

Head of Broadcast: Yvonne Chalkley

Production Company

Executive Producer: Helen Langridge

Director: Tom Merilion

DOP: Bob Pendar-Hughes

Producer: Tim Daukes


Edit Company: tenthree

Editor: Billy Mead

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: James Bamford

3D Artist: Marta Carbonell

2D Lead Artists: Zoe Cosh


Composer: Jody Jenkins

Sound Design: Parv Thind -Wave

Category: Breakfast , Food

Genre: Action , Documentary , People , Storytelling