Argos, 'Ready for take off'



Independent’s Gary Freedman, CHI&Partners and MPC partner on this festive spot for Argos, first of the 2017 Christmas ad campaigns to hit screens

Featuring a futuristic rocket-powered CG super-sleigh crafted by artists at MPC, ‘Ready For Take Off' transports viewers to a magical Argos distribution centre where a troupe of elves help Santa to deliver hundreds of thousands of gifts across the country at record speed. 

In a Q&A on the ad published in shots, creative director Laura Rogers says, "The scale of the operation was epic in every respect. We had a hundred elves and thousands of presents on set. Throw in some stunts, several overnight shoots and a language barrier and you’ve got a grueling week of shooting. But that only got us halfway. The team at MPC worked tirelessly for several weeks transforming an airport in Kiev into a magical elf world. It was amazing. It was exhausting. We’re all ready for the Christmas break.”

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Credits

Agency

CHI&Partners

Director

Gary Freedman

Production Company

Independent

Executive Creative Directors

Yan Elliott & Micky Tudor

Creative Director

Laura Rogers

Creatives

Hayley Hammond, Dan Dehlavi

DoP

David Ungaro

Producer, CHI&Partners

Charles Crisp

Assistant Producer, CHI&Partners

Alfie Glover-Short

Executive Producer, Independent

Jani Guest

Producer, Independent

Chris McBride

VFX

MPC

VFX Supervisor (2D)

Kamen Markov

VFX Supervisor (3D)

Mike Little

VFX Producer

Phil Whalley

Grade

MPC

Colourist

Jean-Clément Soret

Editor

Adam Spivey @ The Play Room