Brickyard VFX Creates Fantasy Worlds for Yahoo!

July 18, 2010 7:25 pm

Tags: Autodesk, Brickyard VFX, Maya

Campaign from Hungry Man director Bryan Buckley via Goodby combines CG and live action to promote Yahoo!'s Search Engine

Santa Monica, CA (July 14, 2010) - Artist owned-and-operated bi-coastal effects boutique Brickyard VFX has just completed work on the new "Yahoo! Lip Sync" campaign via ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Hungry Man director Bryan Buckley. Set to popular tracks from artists such as Kanye West, Motley Crue and Lionel Richie, the campaign promotes Yahoo!'s search engine through three spots: "Flashing Lights", "Home Sweet Home" and "Hello".

Each spot paints a picture of a man or woman discontent with their daily routine and introduces a purple door with a Yahoo! Ringer as a gateway into an exciting world conjured up by its dreamer. "Flashing Lights" transports a bored office employee from his cubicle into a world of limos, ladies, paparazzi and stardom. "Home Sweet Home" transports a man from his living room into a surreal alternate universe -- complete with a Nascar driver playing the piano while on fire, a western brawl, a mechanical bull ride and more. In "Hello" a woman escapes from a mundane dinner date into a universe of grandiose dating options. At the end of each spot the dreamer is slowly brought back to reality as a Yahoo! search page appears behind them to "reveal" their customized search results while characters from the music videos interact with them in their original environments.

"We love collaborating with Goodby and always look forward to working with them, because the quality of their creative is always inventive," said Jeff Blodgett, Executive Producer, Brickyard VFX, Santa Monica. "Working side by side with director Bryan Buckley helped guide us in delivering effects and compositing work that contributes to the quirky humor of these spots."

Patrick Poulatian, VFX supervisor, was on location in Prague where all of the spots were shot in a historical mansion over a period of 6+ shoot days. While Brickyard was on set to support the creative vision, a bulk of the team's work came after the shoot, as they completed transitions and additionally designed CG elements in Maya and composited using Autodesk Flame. The project did not come without challenges. "Bryan took an organic filmmaking approach to the shoot and used a handheld camera. This gave him the freedom to shoot whatever he needed, but it also posed quite a technical feat when it came to tracking," noted, Patrick. "With no motion control, it was a challenge to track elements; however our team of artists was relentless to circumvent the obstacles and ultimately achieve the look and feel Goodby had envisioned."

About Brickyard VFX

With offices in Boston and Santa Monica, Brickyard VFX specializes in the creation of high end Visual Effects, Graphics and CG for Commercials, Film and New Media. Artist owned and operated, the company was founded in 1999 to bring clients a level of customer service, craftsmanship and focus difficult to find at facilities today. Brickyard's creative expertise on set and in the studio has been applied to model, animate, light, texture, track, color correct and render seamless digital effects for Volvo, Budweiser, T-Mobile, NBA, Visa, Sprint and many other accounts. For more information, please call Brickyard VFX Pacific at (310) 453-5722, Brickyard VFX Atlantic at (617) 262-3220, or visit


Campaign: Yahoo! Lip Sync Campaign

Spot Title: "Flashing Lights" / "Hello" / "Home Sweet Home"

Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Creative Director: Jim Elliott
Creative Director: Will McGinness
Senior Art Director: Raphael Milczarek
Copywriter: Rob Katzenstein
Agency Producer: Todd Porter
Agency Producer: Melissa Nagy

Production Company: Hungry Man LA
Local Production Company: Unit and Sofa
Director: Bryan Buckley
Director of Photography: Scott Henriksen
Production Design: Petr Zunc
Art Direction: Zuzana Sucha
Executive Producer: Filip Hejduk
Producer: Mino Jarjoura

Visual Effects: Brickyard VFX
Lead Flame Artist: Patrick Poulatian
Flame Artists: Mandy Sorenson, Chris Sonia, Joe Morrison, David Sarbell
Shoot Supervision: Patrick Poulatian
Executive Producer: Jeff Blodgett
Head of Production: Diana Young
Visual Effects Producer: Carla Attanasio

Editorial Company: Hutchco
Editor: Jim Hutchins
Editor's Assistant: Joaquin Machado
Executive Producer: Jane Hutchins

Telecine Company: CO3

Colorist: MPC

Audio Post: Jeff Payne / Eleven Sound
Audio Mixer: Jeff Payne / Eleven Sound

Sound Design: 740 Sound Design

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