Artifact Creates Fantastical VFX In Epic Georgia Lottery Keno! Spot

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“The Fire King” Marks Creative Studio’s 5th Collaboration With BBDO Atlanta & Client In Long-Running Campaign Featuring Kevin, The Fire-Breathing Goat

Creative studio Artifact Design recently completed VFX and design work on “The Fire King,” the latest commercial for Georgia Lottery Keno! via BBDO Atlanta. Parodying medieval fantasy, the spot features Kevin the Goat reprising his fire-breathing heroics from earlier campaigns.

“The Fire King” saga follows Kevin’s quest for the throne in the land of 12 realms. Battles and courtship ensue before he and his human sidekick, James, oust the sitting King Aragor with a fate-sealing blow: “Your dragon is no goat,” James quips. The voiceover concludes: “Be the king of your castle. Win $100,000 300 times a day playing Keno!”

Artifact has collaborated with BBDO Atlanta on the Georgia Lottery campaign for the past several years. Among the previous five spots, Kevin has been seen flying a fighter jet, and dueling with evil villains in a spy drama.

“The VFX have always been crucial to making Kevin’s fire-breathing a reality since it’s what usually gets him and James out of trouble, or saves the day,” says Ryan Tuttle, Artifact Creative Director. “Rather than rely on 3D simulation to create the fire, we partnered with the production company’s pyro team and created the effect practically. This approach has given us by far the most believable results ever since we began working on this campaign.”

The opening scene required extensive matte painted landscapes, as well as painstaking crowd duplication for the army. Perhaps the biggest challenge that Artifact overcame was the project’s ambitiously fast turnaround of less than two weeks.

“‘The Fire King’ is a prime example of the blockbuster-quality VFX and finishing services we offer,” concludes Tuttle. “It also exemplifies our ability to work flawlessly with agencies and their creative partners. As always, BBDO involved us during pre-production. By opening the lines of communication early on and having us on set with the director and the DP, we were able to achieve the best creative assets possible with efficiency.”

Spot Title: Georgia Lottery Keno! “The Fire King” (:30)
Airdate: 10/4/16

Ad Agency: BBDO Atlanta
VP / Creative Director: Derrick Ogilvie
Associate Creative Director: Jon Mueller
Head of Content Production: Eric De Fino
Senior Producer: Chrissy Lucas

Production Company: Shadowlight Pictures/Feel Films/Decatur, GA
Director: Toby Haynes
DP: Jordan McMonagle
Producers: Richard Sampson and Nick Hirschkorn
Production Designer: Sally Rowe
Where shot: Stone Mountain, GA

Stock Footage Company: Mitch Martinez, DP

Editorial Company: Hero Post
Editor: Jeff Jay

VFX Company: Artifact Design
Executive Creative Director: Ken Vale
Creative Director: Ryan Tuttle
Head of Production: Chris Papadimitriou
Flame Artist: Danny Yoon
2D Designer/Animator: Kyung Ko

Color: Billy Gabor @ Company 3

Music Company: Elias

Audio Post Company: Company 3
Engineer: Shawn Coleman

About Artifact Design:
Artifact is a full-service, design-driven production and digital studio based in Atlanta. Our talented team of experts in design, animation and development will bring your project to life for any screen, device or venue. From freehand to Flame, we create cutting-edge visual solutions for ad agencies, entertainment networks and anyone else who’s open to creative collaboration.

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