Our creature work for the Volkswagen Star Wars Superbowl Commercial

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by TomSpinaDesigns, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. TomSpinaDesigns

    TomSpinaDesigns Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey all,

    We had to keep this very quiet for the last few weeks, but it's great to finally be able to share some of the work we did for this fantastic commercial.

    In mid-December, a production company came to us with an ambitious request - recreate a large number of aliens from the Star Wars cantina in a very short time... They had seen some of my early recreations of cantina masks and hoped we could draw on that experience to bring their characters to life.

    In the end, we created 10 characters in about 2 weeks (with Christmas in the mix!) and then crated them to be sent off to the stage, where we would soon join them.

    Those that know me personally, know that the Star Wars cantina was a scene that captured my imagination in 1977, and influences my work (and collecting) to this day. I've had the great privilege of meeting many of the talented artists who worked on the scene and hope that our work is a fitting tribute to what they created.

    Those that know my team, know that they are always up for a challenge and I could not be more proud of what they did in our studio and on set. In addition to myself, the team included Mike Thomas, Patrick Louie, Brian Lewis, Richard Riley, Robb De Nicola, Rich Krusell, Mike Morello, Melissa Dooley, and Theresa Spina

    With the slight head start of 4 old molds we had, we set about creating 7 new wearable masks, 5 pair of hands, 1 face appliance, 1 set of teeth with lip plumper, 2 full creatures from the waist up... and one arm stump for you-know-who.

    Lucasfilm brought several original prequel alien masks/costumes to the set and really helped flesh out the scene.

    I'll let the photos of the creations show the results of our team's work. But before we get to those, I'd like to thank the production company for their amazing work, as well as several folks at Lucasfilm and others who were kind enough to recommend us for the gig!

    We'll be posting up more pics including some great behind the scenes shots soon. So be sure to click LIKE on our Facebook page to be kept updated - Tom Spina Designs | Facebook

    For full size pics of our work and more info (including a link to the commercial if you haven't yet seen it!), please visit our site today -
    Volkswagen Star Wars Superbowl Commercial Cantina Aliens

    EDIT - they've put up a GREAT behind the scenes doc with tons of footage of our creatures (starting at around 3 minutes in) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn2vwwWVNPE


    Thanks for looking!
    best,
    Tom

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    EDIT - we've put up a behind the scenes gallery on our site today... enjoy the pics!

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  2. TomSpinaDesigns

    TomSpinaDesigns Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    BTW - I saw the other thread going but since that was mostly vader and/or production critique, I'd start a fresh one about our work. Hope you enjoy!

    best,
    Tom
     
  3. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome Tom!

    Well deserved!!
     
  4. Idaho Jones

    Idaho Jones Well-Known Member

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    :thumbsupNice work! The vibe was spot on. I only wish there would of been a shot looking thru the mouse aliens eye's..
     
  5. steveo

    steveo Sr Member

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    Great job! I must say that I thought some of the creatures were actually screen used!! You all did an outstanding job.
     
  6. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Tom, I've known you for years and your work always amazes me. Outstanding job.
     
  7. agliarept

    agliarept Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    very very cool. saw the ad yesterday and was amazed by how great the FX came out. I actually thought they some how digitally used stock cantina footage and recorded new dialogue. that's a testament to how great of a job you did!!
     
  8. Funky

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    Tom, now I want your autograph!!!
     
  9. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That was a great commercial! Congrats Tom! I loved that Ponda Baba has his arm missing!!!
     
  10. GINO

    GINO Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great job guys! (y)thumbsup



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  11. dblv25

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    Saw it last night, excellent work!
     
  12. paplooo

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    wow !
    well done !!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I know, right? I was thinking, "Why does this guy go BACK to the same bar where he got a limb lobbed off?" I'd be looking for another place to hang out! Sure, good prices, friendly service and great music, but still...! :lol
     
  14. chad951

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    Very funny commercial. I love the dog but the Chalmun's cantina scenes were awesome. Very nice work. I guess Lord Vader has some down time once in a while. He never seems to miss a chance to choke a sucka. ;)
     
  15. mechagrover

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    Outstanding work!
     
  16. SciFiMuseum

    SciFiMuseum Well-Known Member

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    Great work Tom, we will have to get you to do a restoration project in the future for us.
     
  17. superweasle

    superweasle New Member

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    Very impressive work, the quality is top notch!
     
  18. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    wow, what an honor! I hope that one day im able to be at your level of talent and craftsmanship!!
     
  19. mbmcfarland

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    Awesome work, Tom! You sure assembled an all-star crew for this one. It's great to see all your hard work and dedication paying off.
     
  20. kysupernatural

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    :thumbsup AMAZING JOB...very talented people one and all. I was wondering who created all those creatures...was just amazed how detail they all were...loved that I didn't even see it coming. Had the dog losing weight..then WHAM.
     
  21. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    Very cool! I can't think of a better person for the job!
     
  22. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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    :thumbsupOutfreakingstanding!. I really enjoyed your work, IMHO...the best part of the ad.
     
  23. WarPig

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    wow. just..... wow. :eek
     
  24. Ikariya

    Ikariya Well-Known Member

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    no words to describe.. I am shocked. Great job on Muftak and Kabe @_______@ They were always my favorites.
     
  25. hyperdyne

    hyperdyne Sr Member

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    Great job as always Tom!
     
  26. Bluecow

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    Just watched the commercial and the behind scenes feature on Youtube. The Chalmun's cantina scenes were awesome. It's great to see all your hard work and dedication paying off with such a tight time schedule.
     
  27. AMP

    AMP Well-Known Member

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    That is outstanding!
     
  28. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    BTS pics of the Tonnika sisters please. :)

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    Nick
     
  29. Wolfie

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    Cool stuff! Kudos! Kudos to Skaught too on those IG88 heads he made for the commercial lol

    Only thing I noticed was Bo Shek should have been Mark Bradley. His costume is awesome. I was totally distracted by the one in the commercial after seeing Marks lol
     
  30. Darth Detroit

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    Ok I gotta admit. I was actually happy seeing this commercial, but at the same time I had no idea where its was going with the fat dog, but when the cantina scene came on... it was 1977 again. Thanks Tom! Job well done!(y)thumbsup
     
  31. vtswordfish

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    Wow, great work! I wondered who had made those for the ad, spot-on!
     
  32. Elvean

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    Your team does some amazing work! Absolutely stunning.
     
  33. rmschneider104

    rmschneider104 Sr Member

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    Excellent job!
     
  34. TomSpinaDesigns

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  36. Fair Play

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    Dear Tom,

    I can't tell you how happy this spot made me!

    I am so glad, that an avid team put so much effort in recreating aniconic scene of pop culture. I doubt that anybody else than you and your team could have pulled off such great work on such short notice.
    I relish the fact, that the work of the whole production team didn't end up in a satirical way of spoofing the cantina scene, but in staying thruthful to the roots.
    Oh god, how I envy you ...

    Kudos to you and your team.
     
  37. Sym-Cha

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    Hello there,

    Excellent work people :)

    -Chaim
     
  38. hollywoodhardware

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    I can only second what the tenor is: Excellent work!

    I was thinking "What the freck, it really looks like the old scene!"
     
  39. PHArchivist

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    Best gig ever for TSD?
     
  40. dualedge

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    Awesome work, Tom! Major congrats on getting such an awesome job opportunity and even moreso on pulling it off with such stunning success!! Talk about a "portfolio piece" - WOW!
     
  41. xmr1

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    Wow, looking great! But Vader's cape chain wasn't accurate ;-)
     
  42. DeLucks Designs

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    Very very cool!
     
  43. Brinn 71

    Brinn 71 Well-Known Member

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    WOW! Beautiful work! And a great tribute to the original. I honestly thought some of those creatures and costumes were original, somehow patched up. GREAT WORK!!!
     
  44. Probe Droid

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    Unbelievable, Tom. You're the king, baby!
     
  45. DS Operative

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    It's so much fun to enjoy the work of one of us on a national level! I'm sure it was a dream come true!
     
  46. DaddyfromNaboo

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    Great BTS stuff! Awesome work, awesome work, awesome work!

    Michael

    P.S. : I can´t believe that Tom only has a reputation greater than 50 ?! Rep that man! His rep should go through the roof!!! A gazillion rep points! Ah, who am I kidding, a PARSEC rep points !!!
     
  47. TomSpinaDesigns

    TomSpinaDesigns Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hmmm... certainly one of them! Seems every time we say that, we work our way to something else... so let's say "best gig, so far..." :)

    I'm just really proud of the work everyone on the team did. They all worked their tails off to get this done on time and still made stuff look great. I work with some of the best people around... not just as artists but as people, and it warms my heart to see folks loving the work that we did together.

    By the way, we updated our gallery with new pics today. There's now an image of each character on-set or in costume on the stage.

    We'll be putting behind the scenes stuff up over the next week or so. If you haven't yet, please drop by and LIKE our Facebook Page: Tom Spina Designs | Facebook

    And be sure to check in at our site as well :) Volkswagen Star Wars Superbowl Commercial Cantina Bar Alien Masks and Costumes

    Enjoy!

    best,
    Tom


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  48. Stormy320

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    This is very impressive. You created the environment and mood and it was totally believable.

    Would have loved to see Duros. Still kicking myself for not buying that run 10 years ago on this board.

    The pilot guy looked awesome. I forget his name.

    Was it a real set or CG. Where did they fine all the IG88 heads. It is just so well done.

    Wow

    PM in the way.
     
  49. NexusFX

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    cool as hell man just amazing!
     
  50. Cameron

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    Amazing work Tom!
     

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