Kangeroo Mobile ‘Elevator’

We decided to feature this TVC as this is a very different treatment from other local commercials. Directed by Martin R. Wilk, the main highlight of the commercial is to showcase the ‘long battery life’ of the Kangeroo Mobile phones.

This commercial was edited on Final Cut Pro and graded on Apple Colour with the Tangent CP200 by Cyrel De Los Reyes. Online was done on Autodesk Smoke by Marlon Bondoc and Sound Designed by Nikk Eu on ProTools.

“The edit is an edgy narrative with a twist. This is the only commercial I cut in Vietnam that has black frames in the final edit! For the colour, I used a lot of greens and yellows, and also pushed up the contrast of the shadows to create that gritty tone…”
– Cyrel

The online process required lots of retouching and adding reflections on the elevator’s metallic surfaces. Also the shot with elevators buttons had to be re-created by compositing different shots together.

The result is an unique and dynamic commercial, one of our editors’ favorites!

Check out the TVC!

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SON DUONG, 3D Artist

One of the best local talents to emerged out of Vietnam, Son Duong grew from the rank and file of international 3D artists in Digipost and now nurtures an eager team with his years of experience.

When Son was a little boy, films such as Toy Story and Star Trek inspired him to be passionate about CG.  As he grew up, he pursued this passion at University by majoring in Applied Arts and Graphics.  It was also during this time when he forayed into learning the professional software for 3D.

Upon graduation, Son spent 3 years designing furniture in classic and modern styles.  There he developed skills in color combinations, shapes, and contours.  He also improved his skills in modeling, texturing and rendering.   Despite the continuous development, this was not his lifelong goal.

He moved to 3D Brigade Vietnam, a Hungarian company based in Hanoi that specialize in outsourcing manufacturing of gaming firms in Japan and the U.S.  Their clients include Disney Interactive Studios, Microsoft, Activision, Konami, and many others.  It was in this environment that developed his animation and simulation skills.   After 2 years, he was promoted to a supervisory role to oversee a team of 40 Vietnamese artists, honing his leadership skills.  He grew confident in his belief that Vietnamese artists can undertake international projects during this time.

The passion to be a better artist eventually brought him to Digipost in Ho Chi Minh City.  During his four years at Digipost, he found the opportunity to combine all his skill sets to become a rising talent in 3D.

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“The work here broadens up my horizons for creativity and self-satisfaction.  I have been involved in interesting jobs, worked with professional colleagues, co-operated with renowned directors.  I am proud that I have been not only pursuing my dream but also contributing to the development of CG in Vietnam.” 

As long as this passion burns, there is star 3D artist in the making.

Check out his demo reel:

https://vimeo.com/27611312

RUFUS BLACKWELL, Senior VFX

As DIGIPOST nears our seven years in Vietnam, we have entered the Dragon year with a new creative approach.  In line with our vision for more creative operations, this year has seen some of the finest artists around the world assembled here in Digipost Vietnam.  Rufus Blackwell arrived here to become one of our key artists.

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Rufus was trained at Rushes Post Production, one of London’s leading VFX houses.  With the experience he gained in London, Rufus decided to take a job in the most interesting country that would have him.  He spent the next two years in Malaysia working for a boutique VFX house in Kuala Lumpur, racking up jobs for Estee lauder, Toyota, Wrigleys and many of the most prominent local brands.

After Malaysia Rufus headed back to Rushes as a senior VFX Artist and has been notching up jobs for Lucozade, Burberry, Ribena, Dizzy Rascal, Prince.  He worked with Directors including Tony Kaye, Mario Testino and Kim Gherig.

While in Malaysia Rufus became a keen time-lapse photographer. He has shot in Thailand, Singapore, Europe, The Himalayas and the UK.  Upon returning to the U.K. Rufus was signed by National Geographic and Oxford Scientific Films.  He is also represented as a director by Ridley Scott Associates in London.

After working another 4 years at Rushes Post Production as a Senior Online Artist, he has now relocated to Vietnam to take over the VFX reins in Digipost, bringing with him massive credentials unrivaled in Vietnam.

“I basically came our here for the ride… and the coffee!  I also wanted to shoot time lapses of awesome Saigon street action.  I got mugged in Africa before I arrived here so I have to get new camera gear but this is a real adventure for me!”

His demo reel can be viewed via the following link: