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Mitsubishi Presents an Optical Challenge in Latest Series of Channel 4 Idents

ENVY Advertising, 5 months, 2 weeks ago

ENVY Advertising teams up with Golley Slater Cardiff and Joyrider Films to produce sponsorship idents for documentaries

Mitsubishi Presents an Optical Challenge in Latest Series of Channel 4 Idents

Mitsubishi Motors has utilised ENVY Advertising’s expertise to create a new set of idents for Channel 4, celebrating the pioneering and innovative spirit of the broadcaster’s documentaries. 

Under the tagline ‘Changing perceptions with documentaries on Channel 4’, each ident presents an optical illusion, encouraging viewers to approach the concept from a new angle by looking closer at the details of what they’re being shown. 

ENVY Advertising was tasked with bringing the creative vision of Golley Slater Cardiff and Joyrider Films to life by animating the entirety of the idents.

Jocelyn Silburne, Producer, explains: “The brief outlined that the entire environment within the idents (apart from the car) would be created in CG, requiring detailed preliminary stages to ensure the optical illusions the director wanted to create were convincing, and looked like they had been shot in camera. The series called for considerable and comprehensive CGI input, and a detailed pre visualisation phase was crucial to ensure that the illusions had a smooth and realistic appearance, faithful to Matt’s vision.”

On the 3D work, 3D Artist Erik Pronk explains: “We worked very closely with Matt across all stages of planning to create each illusion. Technical visualisation of each ident was used on set to create each camera movement, which was used as an overlay to capture the motion control for each car.”

Caspian Graca da Silva, 3D Artist, adds: “The lenticular illusion for ASX was particularly challenging in both the pre visualisation stage and for the final render as the perspective was difficult to get right - any slight change to the camera threw everything off, so precision was key in locking down the look.”

Matt Westrup, Director, comments: “Each illusion was to be created in 3D but designed as if it could be built and shot in camera, meaning that there couldn’t be any CG cheats to fake the effect of the illusions. Despite their complexity, the ENVY team met with the challenge admirably and, with skilful integration of the CG elements, have produced another set of striking idents for the campaign.”

Mike Leeson, Managing Director of Advertising at Golley Slater, adds: “This new set of idents for Documentaries on Channel 4 marks the latest set in a series of ten films we've created for Mitsubishi Motors.

This sponsorship package forms a key strand of our advertising strategy, for which we've produced a creative solution which is genuinely intriguing and engaging.”

This latest project builds on ENVY Advertising’s impressive repertoire of recent work, which includes projects for Virgin Media, UNIQLO, and One Direction’s final video.

Brand: Mitsubishi Motors

Creative Agency

Creative: Dave Abbott

Account Director: Natalie Wilson

Producer: Amanda Lowit

Creative Agency: Golley Slater Cardiff


Editor: Alex Lea

Post Production / VFX

3D: Caspian Graca Da Silva & Eric Pronk

Colourist: Danny Wood

Flame: Jason Farrow & Kieran Baxter

Flame Assist: Fran Hill

Post Production House: ENVY Advertising

Producer: Jocelyn Silburne & Abby Orchard

Production Company

Director: Matt Westrup

Producer: Spencer Friend

Production Company: Joyrider Films

Genre: Visual VFX