The Mill/MPC teamed up with MEGAFORCE, through Riff Raff Films, to help Burberry’s latest campaign ‘Open Spaces’ take flight in a pioneering film that blends reality with fantasy. After the success of Festive, our teams were all in when the directing quartet approached us to work on the new Christmas film.
With freedom and exploration and the heart of the campaign’s philosophy, we were asked to craft the visual effects and photoreal CG behind the scenes where Burberry’s cast can be found bounding weightlessly through fields and into the skies – defying gravity. From extensive photogrammetry to CG scenery, we provided the two key sequences that enabled Burberry’s cast and garments to express their freedom and inspire people to explore new spaces in a visually stunning film set in the British Countryside.
The spot has been viewed +750,000 times on the brands Instagram account, with +150,000 views on YouTube, and has been covered in the press from Campaign Magazine to The Guardian’s social accounts. ‘Open Spaces’ swept up 5 Stars, Ad of the Week and Work of the Week from Campaign Magazine UK, Adweek, The Drum & David Reviews.
The Drum, Adweek, Campaign Magazine & David Reviews
Freedom allows us to be creative, to dream, to be anything or anyone. Burberry, like me, has had freedom at its heart since the very beginning. This campaign celebrates the fearless spirit of exploration which connects us with one another and the natural world. It's about pushing boundaries and pursuing endless possibilities—looking to the future and connecting us all.Riccardo Tisci, Chief Creative Officer, The Burberry Group
A commercial like this is a shot across the bows of the traditional model. It’s visually stunning, but it’s the restraint that really makes it stand out. It’s rare that something so striking can also feel understated, but that’s been achieved here, and it amplifies the power of the film.Jason Stone, Editor, David Reviews
Behind the Scenes
We used Houdini’s procedural scatter tools to quickly iterate the forest elements. Speedtree was integral to the forest sequence, it gave us a strong starting point for all the trees and vegetation, allowing us to churn out lots of variations with preset dynamics. A fun little thing we did was go back to the shoot location with a Mavic Air 2, we then shot some high resolution pictures to project as textures in 3D.William Laban, CG Supervisor, The Mill/MPC
Riff Raff Films
Executive Producer: Matthew Fone
Producer: Cathy Hood
DOP: Justin Brown
VFX: The Mill
Creative Director: Alex Lovejoy
3D Supervisor: Will Laban
Producer: Ryan Hancocks, Jaz Rongokea
Line Producer: Salil Thapa
Production Coordinator: Rushikesh Shelar
3D Team: Emre Sumer
2D Team: Marko Perendija, Mithun Jacob Alex, Julia Caram, Emma Tyler, Guy Lubin, Pavel Vicik, Manideep
Comp Supervisor: Siju Murugan
Comp Lead: Sabanayagam Veerasekaran
Artists: Manideep Sanisetty, Pramod Dwivedi, Stevenson G, Udaykiran Chowdary
Artists: Bakiyaraj P, Srinivas Achary, Swarup Kumar Panigrahi, Winnie Sharma