Brickyard VFX Hits a Home Run with MLB's "Always Epic" Campaign


Last Updated: June 13, 2011 5:01 pm GMT
(Santa Monica, California--June 13, 2011) Bi-coastal effects boutique Brickyard VFX recently completed visual effects work on the "Always Epic" campaign for Major League Baseball via agency Hill Holliday.

Brickyard's work focused on San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson. Wilson is a two-time All-Star selection and last season led Major League Baseball with 48 saves. Wilson was the pitcher on the mound when the Giants won the 2010 National League Division Series, National League Championship Series and the World Series.

As the eccentric star closer of the World Champion Giants, Brian Wilson has become as famous for his wild jet black beard as for his Major League leading save totals. MLB and Hill Holliday play off of his iconic facial hair and off-beat personality with a mini-campaign featuring three :30 TV spots and thirteen web videos that goes "Inside The Beard." The content takes fans on a fanciful journey through the world which exists inside the closer's forbidding black beard, leading to a variety of unusual scenarios that coincide with Wilson's fondness for ninjas and the obscure. The Brickyard team, led by lead 2D artist Gina Downing, provided extensive CG and visual effects work.

The TV spots begin with a shot of Brian Wilson, quickly zeroing in onto - and into - his trademark beard. Brickyard VFX meticulously tracked the entire shot to seamlessly transition from the live action plate of Wilson into the whimsical worlds hidden within his beard.

Downing, a seven-year Brickyard veteran, commented: "My favorite aspect of visual effects is using CG to create something photoreal, seamlessly integrated into live action. We had a lot of opportunities for that kind of work on this campaign, plus it was so kooky and different from anything else I had worked on recently. It was fun thinking about ways to connect beard hairs - certainly not your typical day at the office."

Brickyard's turnaround time for the campaign was two weeks. Tracking was done in Vicon Boujou and Imagineer Systems mocha, and Autodesk Flame was used for layering and compositing.

About Brickyard VFX
With offices in Boston and Santa Monica, Brickyard VFX specializes in the creation of high end visual effects, design and animation 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


Client: Major League Baseball

Agency: Hill Holliday
Executive Creative Director: Lance Jensen
Creative Director: Tim Cawley, Kevin Daley
Art Director: Bob Gates
Copywriter: Rick McHugh
Agency Producer: Bryan Sweeney

Production Company: HSI
Director: Chris Nelson

Editorial Company: Bubble

VFX: Brickyard VFX
VFX Executive Producer: Kirsten Andersen
Visual Effects Producer: Linda Jackson
Lead 2D Artist: Gina Downing
Lead 3D Artist: David Blumenfeld
Set Supervision and 2D Artist: Mandy Sorenson
3D Artists: Carl Harders, Kim Guedin

Audio Post: Soundtrack Boston
Audio Mixer: Brian Heidebrecht
Music: Elias Arts


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