Fishes wants to watch TV
Charlex recently finished an amusing and impressive Spanish-language :60 promoting Verizon's 100% fiber optic network, FiOS.
Fish Tank opens on a family living room, where a father and daughter sit on the couch, mesmerized by Verizon Internet and TV. Meanwhile, a tank full of amazing fish, unhappy with their position in relation to the action, swarm to form the letters "TV" and collectively twist themselves into an arrow, sending a not-so-subtle signal to the family's mother. As she points in amazement at the spectacle; the unblinking family, thinking she is referring to the Verizon feed, agrees rapturously. Exasperated, she angles the tank toward the TV, so that the amazed fish can watch along with the family.
Lopez Negrete approached Charlex with the basic fish tank concept. The studio then determined the species, number and look of the fish; working closely with the agency to decide the best symbols and words for the fish to use. Aside from the extensive fish tank work, Charlex also handled retouch, additional color correct, and a technical composite of the TV reflecting in the fish tank as the gawking fish look on.
The selection of the fish was particularly paramount to the spot's success. "Initially we considered doing completely branded fish, in Verizon colors, but ended up finding naturally colored fish to be much more interesting," noted Charlex Creative Director Dade Orgeron. "We also found that small fish were better for forming the words and symbols, you could have more fun with their flocking behavior and the forms were much more legible. Lastly, we looked for fish with naturally expressive faces, so we could avoid having to over-exaggerate their expression in the final shot."
Charlex VFX Supervisor Steve Chiarello traveled to Mexico City to supervise the shoot, ensuring that director Simon Bross of Cortez Brothers, captured the appropriate plates for the fish tank. Chiarello also shot reference of a live fish tank to ensure that the movement, light and color of the Charlex version would be as realistic as possible.
While the size of the job increased considerably after the agency considered a rough cut - jumping from four shots to ten - Charlex's CG department still managed to push the spot out by deadline.
This effort comes courtesy of the same Charlex creative team behind Alaska, an illustrated Verizon spot promoting the company's High Speed Internet service.
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Client: Verizon FiOS
Spot Title: Fish Tank
Air Date: January 2012
Agency: Lopez Negrete
Creative Director: Mario Salman
Producer: Gerry Rivera
Post Production Co.: Charlex
Creative Director: Dade Orgeron
VFX Supervisor: Steve Chiarello
Senior Producer: Alex Jarman
Senior Smoke Editor: John Zawisha
Lead Flame Compositor: Marc Goldfine
Additional Flame: Mike Mendizabal
Senior Designer: John O'Callaghan
Lead Modeler: Alex Cheparev
Additional Modeler: Hung Ma
Lead Animator: Tony Tabtong
Additional Animators: Ken Music, Brandi Dimino, Carmine Laietta
Lead Rigger: Steve Mann
Additional Rigger: Andre Stuppert
Lead Lighter: James Fisher
Additional Lighters: Frank Grecco, Keith McMenamy, John Volny, Alex Scollay, Will Atkin
Particle Effects: Daniel Mao
CG Supervisor: Salar Saleh
ECD: Ryan Dunn
Production Co.: Cortez Brothers
Director: Simon Bross
Editor: Alex Dondero
Color Grading: FilmWorkers