Popcorn movies

Animation Studio Nathan Love has announced the debut of “When Harry Met Sally,” the latest in a series of animated commercials for Pop Secret premium popcorn.

Image from "When Harry Met Sally" . Image courtesy of Nathan Love

The campaign began airing earlier this year with two movie-themed spots, “Caddyshack” and “The Dark Knight.”  “When Harry Met Sally” further expands the Kernels’ world, introducing Vinny and Bruce, two sports-loving college buddies and roommates, to a growing cast of characters.

“What makes this campaign so popular among viewers are its strong entertainment values and its sense of humour,” said Nathan Love’s executive creative director Joe Burrascano.  “The iconic Kernel family is made up of lovable characters with unique personalities and flaws.  They warmly invite us into their homes, and the results are engaging spots that play more like 30-second sitcoms than commercials.”

Nathan Love’s executive producer Mike Harry said Diamond Foods had turned to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners with the goal of making Pop Secret even more distinctive and recognizable, “Naturally, we were very excited to work with them on the Kernels campaign, with its ownable world, original characters and ability to expand the Pop Secret brand across all media platforms,” he added.

Image from "Caddyshack" Image courtesy of Nathan Love

The Kernels also appear on the brand’s website, and are featured in Pop Secret’s product packaging and promotional displays showcased in retail settings across America.  With an endless supply of movie inspiration to draw from, the Kernels campaign has many opportunities to continue to grow.

“The Kernels’ campaign has resonated strongly with Pop Secret consumers driving the brand’s association with enhanced movie nights at home,” said Andy Allcock, Director of Marketing, Pop Secret.  “We are thrilled to be debuting the new When Harry Met Sally spot this week as we believe it to be Nathan Love’s best work yet.”

At the 31st Annual Telly Awards this June, which judged nearly 11,000 entries from the USA, Nathan Love received seven honours, and four of them (Commercial Winner for Use of Animation and Food/Beverage, Bronze for Art Direction and Use of Humor) were for “The Dark Knight.”  Also, Burrascano was honoured at this year’s SHOOT Magazine New Directors Showcase, where his screening of “The Dark Knight” earned a huge wave of applause.

Image from "The Dark Knight" Image courtesy of Nathan Love

For other brands and agencies seeking to develop their intellectual properties across different media platforms, Burrascano feels Nathan Love has a lot to offer.  “We now have the experience and skills necessary to develop characters and other assets for cinema, television, games and online content, print, toys, merchandise and beyond,” he explained.  “For example, we produced ‘When Harry Met Sally’ in stereoscopic 3D, even though it wasn’t anticipated for this campaign.  We hope that shows how resourceful we are as production partners to our clients.”

“Working with GS&P, we’ve had the chance to design new characters, produce the sound design and original score (with Drew Skinner), and offer input into the scripts and casting sessions,” said Harry.  “They’ve shown tremendous faith in our abilities, and we’ve been inspired by their trust.  Having these spots back on the air is a huge thrill for us all.”

Image from "The Dark Knight" Image courtesy of Nathan Love

Nathan Love’s visual artists on this campaign used countless tools, digital and traditional.  In their digital toolkit, Adobe Photoshop was used for design and matte paintings, Autodesk Maya for 3D modelling and animation, ZBrush for additional modelling, Adobe After Effects for compositing and animation, The Foundry’s Nuke for additional compositing, and Temerity Pipeline for rendering and project management.

Campaign credits for Goodby, Silverstein & Partners include creative director Steve Simpson, associate creative director Erik Enberg, art director Jason Warne, copywriter Jon Wolanske, producer Rob Sondik, account director Darren Brady-Harris, account manager Julie Evans, and assistant account manager Thaddeus Scannell.

All three commercials will begin a four-week run today, airing over 500 times across US networks including ESPN, USA, FX, TBS, TNT and Lifetime. They will also appear through Pop Secret’s integrated movie sponsorships on FX, TNT and Lifetime during this period.
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Project Name: Pop Secret Kernels Campaign “When Harry Met Sally”
Client: Diamond Foods, Pop Secret
Advertising Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Creative Director: Steve Simpson
Associate Creative Director: Erik Enberg
Art Director: Jason Warne
Copywriter: Jon Wolanske
Producer: Rob Sondik
Account Director: Darren Brady-Harris
Account Manager: Julie Evans
Assistant Account Manager: Thaddeus Scannell
Production Company: Nathan Love
Director: Joe Burrascano
Executive Producer: Michael Harry
Producer: Rob Marmor
Production Coordinator: Dennis Samatulski
Project Lead: Anca Risca
Sound Design: Drew Skinner
Music Composition: Drew Skinner
Editing: Kristjan Zaklynsky
Concept Art: Sylvia Apostol, Brad Johansen, Anca Risca, Ylli Orana, Morgan Schweitzer, Michelle Czajkowski
Character Design: Anca Risca, Ylli Orana
Environment Design & Layout: Brad Johansen
Storyboards: Morgan Schweitzer
Character Model / Texture Artist: Ylli Orana
Environment Models: Sylvia Apostol, Youngmin Kim
Environment Textures: Sylvia Apostol, Christina Ku, Roland Womack, Brad Johansen
Animation Leads: Ryan Moran, Dave Han
Animators: David Han, Pat Porter, Kyle Mohr, Doug Litos, David Lam
Rigging Lead: Frank Naranjo
Character/Prop/Environment Rigging: Vadim Kiyaev
Rigging Cadet: Marc Berrouet
Lighting / Compositing Lead: Mats Andersson
Lighting: Mats Andersson
Compositors: Anca Risca, Weito Chow, Max Kornev, Denis Kozyrev
Matte Painting: Denis Kozyrev
Effects Compositor/Animator: Chase Massingill
Pipeline Technical Directors: Jesse Clemens, Stephen Mackenzie

The three spots on YouTube




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