Style Frames and Process: “Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit”
Take a peek at the stunner Style Frames and process reel behind the centerpiece spot of the new retail launch package for Nike’s Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit shoe created by multi-talented Munich motion house Aixsponza.
Aixsponza: “Before we went all balloony on the Air Max 1 there was a whole lot of ideas and setups we tried on our search for the perfect outfit of the launch film. Equipped with complete freedom to bring the lightest layouts to light we had fun with tons of mood images.
“Also we warmed up our technical setup muscles and flexed a few nodes and simulations into soft squishy shapes that we could cover with knitted material only to have that torn of like rubber.
“A pretty established thing now in most animations that Nike produces is a majestic shot of knitting happening. To get a feel for the pattern at hand we resorted to real life knitting and reproducing the Ultra Flyknit pattern with a big thread on large scale.
“This helped tremendously to reproduce the whole thing in 3D. It took two days to reverse engineer the pattern in real life and then it took even longer to re-engineer reality into splines and posemorphs and softbodies and correctional shapes.”
Client: Nike Sportswear | Global Brand Design
Producer: Kate Terrill, Jess Puttermann
Brand Design Director: Nico Sala, Kevin Coatman
Producer: Julian Fischer
Creative Director: Manuel Casasola Merkle, Christian Tyroller
Art Director: Moritz Schwind
Product Sculpting: Lars Korb
Chief Knitting Advisor: Roxana Schwind
Artists: Leo Akinbiyi, Joey Camacho, Jens Kindler, Matthias Lein, Fabian Rosenkranz, Moritz Schwind, Jan Sladecko, Benno Verschüren, Ben Watts, Matthias Zabiegly, Santi Zoraidez, Ondrej Zunka
Music: Michael Fakesch, Designingsounds