Hyundai i30 Reinvented with Fall to Earth

By Duncan Macleod

Hyundai Australia has launched “Fall”, a commercial at the heart of their Hyundai i30 Reinvented campaign. The Hyundai i30 Reinvented campaign asks the question, “Where do you go once you’ve reached the top?” The action-packed film follows the previous Hyundai model plunging to earth from the edge of space, hitting the earth with an impressive explosion. The new model emerges in a cloud of dust. “What do you do after you’ve won Australia’s Best Cars Award six times? You start again.” Drawing on real footage captured on location by a skydiving team, the dramatic imagery required extensive previsualisation from boutique design and VFX house, Fin. The Innocean i30 Reinvented campaign is running on online, TV, cinema, digital, print, and outdoor media channels.

Visual Effects

Gripping shots of the falling car were achieved through a combination of full CGI, rendered with Redshift in Maya, and shots of a real i30 suspended by a crane. The car was then rotoscoped and dropped into one of the falling skydiving plates, seamlessly marrying the two elements together.

“Dan [Askill] wanted to film as many in-camera moments as possible,” comments VFX Supervisor at Fin, Justin Bromley. “We were able to advise fully on the overall approach regarding the blend of VFX and practical effects thanks to our early involvement in the creative process. While a last-minute change in location from Broken Hill, New South Wales, to Flinders Ranges, South Australia, meant that the scenery matched very closely to the director’s vision set out in pre-viz – vast open outback desert and clear blue skies – perhaps the skies were almost too clear as we created a huge amount of CGI clouds for the car to actually fall through. I’ve worked with Dan before, but not on something as complex and FX-heavy as this spot. His collaborative attitude and openness to our creative input really allowed us to take the creative ball and run with it, which made for a fantastic and rewarding experience. It’s always great when the initial vision in your head matches the final images that go to air!”

Hyundai i30 Reinvented - Explosion

The stunning moment of impact was powered by explosives and tennis balls filled with dirt and captured high-speed in 1000-frames-per-second; the in-camera shots were then tuned extensively in compositing. Rather than grading footage in one big session, Fin opted to grade in Flame with the option of being able to constantly adjust the look in line with the evolution of the creative. Initial colour tests were carried out with Askill as a conceptual reference, then applied to every shot as the final composites were completed, resulting in a beautiful overall finish.

Hyundai i30 Reinvented Credits

The Hyundai i30 Reinvented campaign was developed at INNOCEAN Worldwide Australia by executive creative director Steve Jackson, creative team Daryl Corps and Dave Shirlaw, creatives Steve Carlin, Dean Hamilton, Dave King, agency producer Jacqui Walker, production director Warrick Nicholson, head of planning Scott Davis, group business director Philip Sherar, head of digital Trevor Crossman, account director Vincent Pled and account manager Kat Knight working with Hyundai Australia Motor Car Company director of marketing Oliver Mann, general manager marketing Andrew Knox, product marketing manager Nick Cook, and product marketing co-ordinator Katrina Mendoza.

Filming was shot by director Daniel Askill via Collider with 2nd unit director Lorin Skill, executive producer Rachael Ford-Davies and producer Julianne Shelton.

Visual effects were produced at Fin Design + Effects by executive producer Alastair Stephen, VFX supervisors Justin Bromley and Stuart White.

Sound and music were produced at Nylon Studios by sound designer Simon Lister, composer Michael Yezerski and music producer Karla Henwood

Photography was produced at Photoplay by photographer Michael Corridore, executive producer Alison Lydiard, producer Melanie Reardon, with retouching at Cream Studios by executive producer Steve York.

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