10 best commercials made with Blender in 2013

10 best commercials made with Blender in 2013

Interested to see how Blender is used commercially to produce ads? Here are 10 best commercials created with Blender this year.

The ads below are not in any particular order, we humbly suggest that you pick your own favorites among them or tell us about ones we didn't see (or disregarded).

Cif Active Gel

Let's start with a 100% made with Blender commercial for Cif international brand:

Flamboyant Paradise spent 3 months on this project. Not only the shots were rendered with Cycles, they also used Afanasy-powered render farm, so it's actually 100% free software based pipeline.

Cif isn't the only large brand the studio worked with. This year they also did character design, 3D modeling, and animation of the potato chip for PepsiCo's Ruffles brand in this commercial:

And yet another footnote: Eugenio Pignataro who typically speaks for the studio online also releases source code of the team’s in-house Blender add-ons, such as Oscurart Tools (various modeling, rendering & rigging features) and Action Offset.

Coca-Cola

Pitchi Poy, an Israeli studio, used Blender for animation and compositing in this commercial for Hachevra Hamerkazit, the Israeli distributor of Coca-Cola.

Rosinka

ARt DDs keeps kicking out great commercials aired on federal TV channels. This time it’s a commercial for a sparkling water brand “Rosinka”.

The team used Blender for 3D modeling, animation, particle and fluid simulations. However AE was used for color grading, atmospherics, small fluid particles, lighting effects, and Octane Render was used for rendering with DoF.

As it is usual with ARt DDs, a breakdown video is available. You can also find production screenshots in a BlenderArtists thread.

Cruz Verde Hydracool

The commercial was produced by Loica, a design and direction studio from Chile. All 3D was made with Blender (and rendered with Cycles), however compositing was done in AE.

Bickfords Premium Juice

Character Mill, an Australian studio, made this commercial with surprisingly old Blender 2.56 and rendered it on RebusFarm.

Compass Bank

Enough liquids already? Alessandro Dalla Fontana created this ad for Compass Bank:

Tools in use:

  • Blender (3D and 2D tracking/Cycles rendering/still compositing);
  • GIMP (finish and retouch image);
  • Lightworks (compositing/editing);
  • RawTherapee (RAW processing);
  • Inkscape (all vector files).

His reasons to not go for VSE are:

VSE is far to be a usable NLE, some characteristics are interesting, but without project manager, real time rendering FX, quick file render export, standard trimming and so on..... hummm, I tried, but for now is good only for something, but not for all. The compositing in Lightworks is possible, I have found my way, but don't expect Nuke or the Blender node compositing.

There’s also a short breakdown clip.

Mein Perfektes Date

This motion graphics ad was created by Latvian studio Hypnosis.

In this commercial, the team used a combination of Blender and MakeHuman. All 3D except characters was done in Blender, then they imported characters from MakeHuman with their ready to animate rigs. To get the visual result they needed, they tweaked both clothing and shading in Blender.

Again, compositing was done in After Effects.

They use this workflow in more videos, e.g. in the Pro Sieben Action Friday clip, where you can also spot a massive Bullet physics use. In another commercial, for a Norwegian theme park Kongeparken, the 3D character (bear) was modeled, rigged and animated in Blender from scratch, and all environment was done in Blender too except for fluid simulation.

Yellow Ribbon

Italian company FAB design is one of the more open studios in terms of showing their work. In their Vimeo channel you can find other interesting works, but this one below was featured in 3D World magazine.

All 3D made with Blender, all compositing done with After Effects.

Íslensk Getspá

Hjalti Hjálmarsson keeps delivering the best of little fat birds in 3D. One of his projects this year was a series of commercials for Íslensk Getspá (sports lotto).

Again, Blender was used for all of 3D, and After Effects was used for compositing. Hjalti says: “because of tight deadlines we've never found the time to consider anything else”.

Update. Just when we thought we are done with commercials this year, Hjalti released another one, and it absolutely rocks:

BMW X5

L'avenue Digital Média produced this ad for a Swiss BMW dealer.

The visuals are a combination of photorealistic (car model) and non-photorealistic (Freestyle for sets) rendering. The ad is also 100% made with Blender, no AE this time.

There are some project shots here.

Observations and causations

We didn't pick liquids related ads for any particular reason. It's just that Blender was more frequently used in production of this kind of commercials. Go figure.

Another interesting observation is that last year only one international brand commissioned the work to a studio that happens to use Blender: Hugo Boss. This year (at least, as far as we know) it’s Cif, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and BMW. Granted, in 2 out of 4 cases we aren’t talking about projects commissioned directly by brands, but a proxy company that represents a brand locally is, frankly, a progress.

Finally, while not every studio provided information about tools in use, it’s quite easy to spot that a lot of commercials that rely on Blender for 3D, texturing, and rigging, are composited with Adobe After Effects. The typical reason to go for a workflow that involves AE appears to be "It's what we already know, and we had a tough deadline to meet, so no experiments".

Does it feel like "Best commercials composited with AE while accidentally featuring Blender in the pipeline" instead? In that case let us give you a sense of direction: small studios seem to be going from "3D in Maya and ZBrush, compositing in AE" to "All 3D in Blender, compositing with AE" and even all the way to "All made with Blender".

What do you think could help to make more 100% Blender-powered commercials? In fact, do you think that it's actually a problem per se?

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10 Responses. Comments closed for this entry.

  1. Blender is an amazing piece of software, even more so by the fact that it’s free and is better than some paid 3d software. These are great examples of what this software can do, thanks for sharing.

  2. Great, Thanks for sharing,

  3. The only big problem with Blender is that is very bad documented, lots of functionality is not even in their own manual, and most of it is not explained at all, you have to experiment to figure what the programers ideas were.
    So it is easier for people using Maya or else, to take Blender because they already know what things must do in Blender

  4. After seeing these advertisements I must say that Blender is an awesome software if properly used.

    Its a great piece of software and the best thing about it is that it is free.

    Free things do not produce such results but this is really awesome.

  5. Blender can do wonders if you have experience using it. I personally used it for a few projects with much success.

  6. Mein Perfektes Date, I love it! Thanks for sharing these fun and cool commercials man!

  7. After seeing these advertisements I must say that Blender is an awesome software if properly used.

  8. What would be better for modeling, Maya or Blender?

  9. I only use six non-open-source pieces of software to work (Windows for Excel - Calc isn’t there yet -, Premiere, After Effects, Encore and HitFilm Pro). Everything else is made using open-source software.
    My company provides Adobe CC and Windows (among other proprietary programs) training but for all-in-house productions we only use the aforementioned six programs.
    I’m a videographer, 2D/3D compositing/artist and my company’s major focus is video production (pre, production and post-production; VFX, 2D/3D animation).

  10. (note)
    Of course, we support the nearly 30 open-source projects we use, spread the word about them and provide training on them, encouraging people to try open-source and support the projects they find useful.