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United Way – Television Campaign

Make had the honour of creating the visual effects for United Way Canada’s 2015 national television campaign.   United Way campaigns raise money for local groups that address community issues. Canada’s influential agency TAXI approached Make’s founder, Joe Fellows to co-direct the TV spot with award winning photographer and director Derek Shapton from Toronto’s Westside studio.

Make’s post production process used the parallax animation technique and morphing technology in order to bring life to still photographs. Fellows and Shapton shot the campaign in a way that enabled them to set up the layers in real life. Shooting clean back plates, capturing specific foreground and background objects for set dressing as well as isolating the main characters. The TV campaign also required there to be a rack focus in the final commercial, this meant that everything had to be shot in focus so Make could mimic the change in focus in post production and create that cinematic depth of field.


Client: United Way
Agency: TAXI
Director / DOP: Derek Shapton
Director / Post Production: Joe Fellows / Make Productions
Producer: Phaedra Kennedy
Creative Director: Steve Mykolyn
Copywriter: Jake Bogoch
Art Director: Yuko Brown
Broadcast Producer: Nicole Poon
Print Production Director: Sharon Govang
Stylist: Cheryl Thompson
Assistants: Jon Brown, Gabe Nivera, Peter Olson
Production Company: Westside Studio