Loco’s creative and production team engaged with wagamama from the earliest stage of pitching the ideas and treatments for the films through to filming the stop-frame animation studio shoot. On set, we worked closely with wagamama’s brand team and chefs to make sure the ingredients and finished dishes were as photogenic as they were true to the dishes that customers order in the restaurants. To enable us to complete four different animations within a one-day shoot, our team also filmed individual shots of each ingredient in various positions; this meant that we could also use digital stop-frame animation at the VFX stage.
Loco’s postproduction team selected the best of the mouthwatering rushes to edit and set about compositing and animating the scenes, with each film summarising the story of delicious, fresh ingredients culminating in a tasty meal. Jon Davey provided the final colour grade to emphasise the vibrant colours, which are as fresh as the flavours themselves.
In one film, carrot sticks and pea shoots peek out then hide beneath a signature wagamama takeaway bowl. A hand enters frame to remove the lid and reveal the teriyaki beef donburi, then the bellyband slides under the bowl much like the menu-placemats would appear in the restaurant. Next, the hands return to replace the lid and wrap the packaging before adding the chopsticks as a final touch for the customer to take away their meal. Other films feature fanciful twirling chillies, spinning limes, somersaulting prawns, sunshine-style onions and pin wheeling peppers.
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Direction/Animation: Loco-create/Lee Bamsey
Creative Director: Danny Coster
DOP: Simon Paul
Home Economist: Peter Smith
Stop frame Animator: Harry Dwyer
Production Assistant: Emily Ledger
Post Production/Animation: Lee Bamsey, Aidan Taub, Liam Hawe, Emily Ledger
Colourist: Jon Davey
Sound Design: SNK Studios
For more information about this video or if you would like to discuss a script or treatment, please email Loco or call us on +44 20 7304 4403.