Under Armour, Inc., the originator of performance apparel, footwear and accessories teams ups with the filmmakers from creative production company Shilo to debut the company’s latest artistic brand film, “Fierce Speed.” The creative collaboration between Shilo and Under Armour introduces the fastest generation of football cleats, the UA Fierce, through a high paced :30 spot that debuted July 13th on ESPN’s You Tube Channel.
“Fierce Speed” represents a dramatic fusion of football, space-age technology and science-fiction. The spot’s original score, courtesy of Gavin Little of Echolab, enhances the futuristic theme by weaving the familiar sounds of a football game with the supersonic frequencies of sound-waves, creating a cinematic feast for the eyes, ears, and mind.
The new project reunited Under Armour creative director, Marcus Stephens and art director Brian Boring with Shilo co-founder and creative director Andre Stringer and ACD Noah Conopask. Shilo also recruited the skills of 3D supervisor Chris Fung to produce the spot entirely in CGI, creating the unique look and science-fiction feel that surpasses the quality of live-footage. The original HD content was ultimately modeled and animated by Shilo’s artists using Maya, and After Effects was used for final compositing.
“Our goal with the film was for it to knock viewers out of their chairs when they watched it… it had to be super intense,” explained Noah Conopask. “We wanted it to feel like it was born of and infused with speed and the high paced action that is out on the field during a football game.”
“Under Armour has an amazing knowledge of their product and their consumers, and our expertise is in creating and producing engaging, cinematic stories,” said Andre Stringer. “Given the objective of telling the story of the fastest shoe on the market, we sat down together and brainstormed on how to be visually innovative. By using visual metaphors to explain speed, this new spot hits UA’s marketing objectives while also presenting a highly creative, interesting take on the whole genre of the shoe marketing spot.”
Credits for Shilo also include executive producer Tracy Chandler, producer Amy Fahl, editor Nathan Caswell, 3D animators Joji Tsuruga, Christina Ku, and Tamir Sapir, 3D modeler Youngmin Kim, VFX artist Warren Heimall, and compositors Dorian West, Joel Voelker, Will Decker, and Bashir Hamid.
Shilo is an Emmy Award-winning creative production company representing a group of filmmakers led by directors Jose Gomez and Andre Stringer. Internationally known for creating original and commissioned work that is powerful, provocative and visually extraordinary, Shilo’s deeply held passions for design-infused storytelling and their innovative applications of live-action, design, and animation techniques deliver breakthrough experiences for screens large and small. From its studios in New York and La Jolla, California, where recent projects have spanned short films, commercials and music videos, Shilo has the capacity and experience to originate ideas and handle all aspects of production. Shilo published its first book, We Make It Good, in 2007, and also curates the site www.WeMakeItGood.com.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour(R) (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand’s moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China.