Motionographer® Closing Frontier Helps Launch Vans ‘Knu Stack’ With Eye-Popping 3D Billboard in NYC

Legendary avenue tradition model Vans enlisted visionary artistic manufacturing firm Final Frontier to assist activate the newest addition to their Knu Skool silhouette: The Knu Stack.

The Knu Stack provides a contemporary twist to their enduring ‘90s skate footwear, and Vans got down to create an impactful second within the coronary heart of New York Metropolis to convey the brand new look to life.

Customers are prepared and wanting us to point out up in a recent but genuine means. This marketing campaign is a daring swing at stopping individuals of their tracks, forcing reconsideration, and injecting a renewed vitality for our model. An necessary piece of that was our strategy to OOH, which led to one among our most interactive activations: a 3D billboard in New York Metropolis. This yr’s marketing campaign connects the dots between what our model values, and the enduring merchandise we make which have represented that ethos for many years. It’s one thing bigger and extra holistic than we’ve completed as a model previously.”

Rob Teague – Vice President of World Artistic, Vans












Closing Frontier had been looking for a larger-than-life alternative to announce their growth into the US, and there was no higher option to kick issues off than working with a cultural icon in NYC.

Partnering with famend design and animation studio, Woodwork, the artistic crew had been hell-bent on standing out amongst the busy New York skyline. The Bare Eye 3D billboard gave them the chance to fairly actually suppose outdoors the field, as the enormous 3D model of Little Simz is seen kicking by way of the traditional VANS chequered branding and dangling the Knu Stack tantalisingly over the heads of passersby.

Woodwork Artwork Director Roberto Andreu mirrored, “Engaged on a 3D billboard presents challenges, because the impact can solely be totally appreciated from one angle. Nevertheless, when all of it comes collectively, the viewers is in for an extremely rewarding and immersive expertise. The mix of CGI and lifelike textures, combined with the VANS’ signature avenue chill and grungy vibe, made the entire challenge distinctive.”

Though Little Simz’s anatomical proportions had been exaggerated to higher match the scene, the rapper herself was not wanted to mannequin for any portion of the work.

Andreu added, “For the character, we used photogrammetry of Little Simz to texture-map them onto her physique elements and outfit, aligning with the marketing campaign fashion. Given the unconventional proportions, we prolonged and reimagined the pictures, adapting it to the brand new anatomy.”

The artistic crew then meticulously rigged and animated the sequences so as to add motion and life to the character. In addition they lit the complete scene to copy pure lighting and improve the 3D impact, making it really eye-catching.

Closing Frontier Govt Artistic Director Claus Cibils mentioned, “I feel we’re in tune with Vans. Their means of being. It’s in regards to the tradition. Going past. After working collectively, I’ve realised that they’re what our splendid consumer must be. They’re so free, which is uncommon for a significant model.”

Closing Frontier aren’t any strangers to seeing their work on the worldwide stage, however witnessing VANS towering over the streets of New York Metropolis on the entrance to Pennsylvania Station was one thing to behold, even for probably the most seasoned creatives.

“It’s superb,” says Cibils. “I’m used to seeing issues in 19:9 or 9:16. Unimaginable.”

The 8-second animation is predicted to be seen dwell by an estimated 4.5 million individuals. You possibly can catch it till the tip of August on the nook of seventh and third.



Consumer: Vans
Vice President, Artistic: Rob Teague
Artistic Director: Bruno Luglio
ACD/Artwork Director: David Happekotte
Director, Manufacturing: Nate Rogers
Senior Producer: Antonietta Croft
Senior Producer: Max Rubins
Artistic Challenge Supervisor: Chase Weikal
Director of Music, Partnerships, Tradition (World): Steve Balser
Supervisor, Model Administration, Life + Model: Marissa Smith
Director, Digital Media (World + Americas): Elena Carroll
Senior Supervisor, Media & Promoting (Americas): Katrina Hofmann
Supervisor, Media & Promoting (Americas): Amanda Randel
Senior Supervisor, Company Communications: Charlie Cawte

Manufacturing Firm: Closing Frontier
Govt Artistic Director: Claus Cibils
Govt Producer: Julieta Zajaczkowski
Head of Manufacturing: Mary Antonieta Lopez
Producer: Milagros Vilapreño

Design & Animation Studio: Woodwork
Artwork director: Roberto Andreu
Artistic director: Marvin Koppejan
3D lead: Ernst Noort
3D movement designers: Lennard Goede, Pascal Amestegui Fuentes
2D movement designer: Hidde Maas
Producer: Sabine van Wechem
Producer: Nina Fabel
Producer: Gayle van Bochove