Clarks Originals Use Bolder Creative’s Fluid Motion Graphics for SS19 Designs

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Footwear brand Clarks Originals has launched two new shoe collections for SS19 with beautifully designed CG motion graphic campaigns. The roll outs unveil the brand’s new ‘White Out Pack’ and ‘Trek’ shoe collections with a series of funky animated films and stills. Bolder Creative were brought on board by Clarks Originals to craft the creative for both campaigns.

Launching the brand’s ‘White Out Pack’ range, Clarks’ Kiowa Sport, Trigenic Evo and Trigenic Flex designs were given an innovative update that is demonstrated through three unique films. The distinctive suede shoes were reimagined in an optic white Scotch Gard suede, which is stain and water resistant, with new boldly-colored soles.

In the films, the completely white shoes are engulfed by colorful bursts of CG-crafted paint. To demonstrate the incredible non-porous fabric, the liquid runs artfully from the Scotch Gard Suede, but brightly attaches itself to the soles of the shoes to form the newly designed colorways.

Clarks – Trek – Video from Bolder Creative on Vimeo.

Key to the animated sequence of films was ensuring that the points of difference between each shoe were highlighted whilst ensuring stylistic continuity. David Farquhason, Senior Motion Graphics Designer and Director, at Bolder Creative, says: “The fluid simulations were created using Houdini, to heighten the shoes’s ability to repel the saturated paint. We achieved this through the careful art direction of the fluid simulations as well as the resulting interactions between the paint bursts and the shoes.”

Bolder’s original take on the briefs was key to the partnership, David adds:

We stayed true to the concept but added extra details and unique characteristics into the sequences, this meant we could highlight points of difference between each of the three shoe designs. We achieved this through the angle’s interaction between the paint bursts and the shoes. The originality of the ideas was praised by the client and ultimately won us the job.

In a separate campaign showcasing the ‘Trek’ collection, two 15-second films show the evolution of the iconic Desert Trek style as it metamorphoses into a newly released iteration of the shoe. The animation begins with the original Desert Trek before its form peels away to reveal the new Trek Formed design. The spot maintains an engaging pace and energy whilst carefully showcasing details of the newly evolved style.

Bolder carefully choreographed the transition between the component parts of the products to deconstruct the Desert Trek shoe and birth the redesign. The timing and movement of the elements was integral, says David: “We had to complement and respect the original Desert Trek model whilst injecting a new energy to reveal the brand-new Trek Formed shoe.”

The studio crafted CG models of each of the shoes from scratch. This involved multiple rounds of progressive development and three-dimensional scans of the shoes to capture the unique elements and textures.  Using Cinema 4D and Octane, Bolder combined texturing, lighting and rendering with the three-dimensional product models to ensure the characteristic of each shoe was accurately embodied.

“Clarks Originals were fantastic to work with. They gave us the freedom to approach the brief with creativity and style whilst really pushing a positive way to produce a highly detailed and striking campaign” says David at Bolder Creative.

The full ‘White Out Pack’ and ‘Trek’ campaigns include print and digital stills as well as social edits which launch on online, on social media and at Clarks Originals flagship stores.

Bolder Creative was formed from a desire to create a more responsive, friendly and design-led environment that forges long lasting relationships with our clients.

Founded in 2006 by a collective of industry insiders with over 20 years of experience, we work internationally with brands, creative agencies and broadcasters delivering content across all types of media from tv commercials, online and in store films, promotional videos and print with maximum creativity and minimum fuss.

Utilising our talented and diverse team of live-action directors, editors, motion graphic designers and 3D animators all with years of experience within the industry, we offer a full service that covers the entire production spectrum, from initial brief and full 3D storyboarding to final on-air delivery.


Advertiser: Clarks

Brand: Clarks Originals

Creative : Bolder Creative

Production Company: Bolder Creative

Director: David Farquhason