For NBC Universal
S Art Director, DOP, Design & Animation
A rebrand that I'm still proud of. This is almost ground zero for the clean, friendly 2d trend that that hit everyone over the last 10 years. We managed to declutter, de-glitter, and de-crap the visuals on free to air tv for most the country.
After a series of serious and laborious 3d jobs, we wanted to approach this project with playful simplicity.
This project was seen over a *trillion* times around the world.
At the very least, it helped shift modern tastes towards this style of flat 2d. At launch, the motion graphics community thought the style overall was *too* simple. We've come a long way since then!
The video above contains an overall taste of the 5-month rebrand in a montage with endtags, bumpers, night openers, lower thirds and other supporting elements.
Later on, it was named in the Boards Mag Best Rebrands of the Decade
A fun career twist was getting to direct and shoot almost the entire ‘09 NBC talent roster on set for our rebrand footage. We had short 30-minute shoots with each person, including Chevy Chase, Amy Poehler, Steve Carrel, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Zachary Quinto, Robert Knepper, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms... and so many others.
A once in a lifetime moment since Hollywood union rules and the sheer logistics of it all make it unlikely to happen again.
Creative Director: Ellerey Gave,
Art Directors: Ellerey Gave, Alex Mapar
Directors of Photography: Alex Mapar & Benji Thiem
Designer Animators: Ellerey Gave, Alex Mapar, Benji Thiem, Mitsuka Thiem, Jonathan Larson, Kenny Lutz, Kris Schumowski, Richie Sandow, Miguel Lee, Jon Anderson
Montage Edit: Benji Thiem
Audio: Dave Hummel, after Aphex Twin