Corona – The History of ‘La Cerveza Más Fina’ (2019)

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Commissioned by Corona Mexico and Observatory, I directed this stop-frame film that travels through the intertwined history of Mexico and Corona.

Narrated by Gael García Bernal and inspired by the art of Pedro Friedeberg, it was produced at Nexus Studios. We worked with Andy Gent’s team at Arch Model Studio to design, create and animate a cast of 71 miniature characters, 8 detailed sets and 350 individually made miniature glass bottles.

The film illustrates complex historical events that are all are boiled down into 4’x3′ dioramas.

The music is by Bridget Samuels and was recorded by an orchestra of more than 50 people at Air Studios in London.

Corona put together a making of which you can watch here: https://vimeo.com/326534667/29bc784eed

Special thanks to Jack Cunningham for his work as Art Director, James Graham who designed the characters and the big team of artists who put a lot of love and sweat into this!


Client: Corona, Mexico.
Chief Executive Officer: Carlos Lisboa
BU Chief of Marketing: Carlos Ranero
Brand Marketing Manager: Clarissa Pantoja
Communications Manager: Alejandro Gershberg
Connections Director: Javier Garcia
Experiential Marketing Manager: Rodolfo Vargas
Content Marketing Manager: Cesar Alcantara
Project Leader: Susana Medina

Agency: Observatory Marketing
Co-Chief Creative Officer: Todd Hunter
Creative Directors: Jessica Hundley & Nicole McDonald
Head of Production: Chris Totushek
Producer: Lula Fotis
Senior Brand Director: Erin Heyns
Brand Executive: Mack Montague

Production Company: Nexus Studios
ECD / Co-Founder: Chris O’Reilly

Director: Nicolas Ménard
Executive Producer: Luisa Murray
Producer: Jo Bierton
Production Manager: Rebecca Archer
Lead / Supervisor: Nico Domerego
Art Director: Jack Cunningham
Character Design: James Graham
Graphic Design: Cecilia Serafini
Design: Jamie Jones & Sarah Deane
Environment Design: Callum Strachan & Antoine Perez
Character Modellers: Andy Hickinbottom & Matt Clark
3D Generalists: Heloise Courtois, Victori Jalabert, Maxime Dartois, Zach Pindolia, Jerémie Cottard, Chloe Plat
2D Animation: Isaac Holland & Duncan Gist

Director of Photography: Malcolm Hadley
Camera Assistant: Mark Swaffield
Gaffer: Tim O’connell
Moco: Stuart Galloway
Rigging: Justin Pentecost
Spark: Max Milner
Strike Spark: Daniel Ansell

Puppet and Set Fabrication: Andy Gent
Art Department: Marina Ralph, Mick Chippington, Josie Corben, Magda Madra, Sofia Serrano, Mark Fisher, Vaida Klimaviciute, Claudia Brignalezi, Angela Pang, Louise Pratt, Andrew Saunders, Tom James, Gavin Richards, Claire Middleton, Claudia Brugnaletti, Jade Gerrard, Clea Raguideau, Angela Chorlton, Roy Bell, Annick Bosson, Beth Quinton, Fiona Stewart, Grant Humberstone, Ola Kucharska, Michael Nowacki, Mitch Barnes, Colin Armitage, Duncan Mude

Practical Lighting: Gary Welch
Runner: Chiara De Propis
Stop Frame Lead Animator: Tobias Fouracre
Stop Frame Animators: Matthew Cooper & Max Martin
BTS Cameraman: Thomas Heleta & Mark Van Heusden
BTS Photographer: Jacob Robinson
First Aid: Darren Boyling

Post Production: Freefolk
Lead Flame Artist: Steve Murgatroyd
Flame Artists: Brandon Danowski & Andy Copping
Nuke Artist: Rob Sheridan
Colourist: Duncan Russell
Post Producer: Laura Ricketts

Shooting Studio: Black Island
Lighting Equipment: Panalux
Camera Equipment: Clapham Road Studios

Editor: David Slade
Assistant Editor: Bruno Collins
Music: Bridget Samuels
Sound Design And Mix: Barking Owl

www.nicolasmenard.com
www.nexusstudios.com
www.ams.london

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