Behind The Scenes: Nike ‘Awaken The Phantom’

To launch Nike’s new PhantomVSN football boot, The Mill partnered with Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and Director Matthew Vaughn out of Black Label productions, creating this epic tongue-in-cheek campaign to warn the world of the boot’s deadly precision.

This epic two and a half minute film tells the story of a mysterious football player who, through word of mouth, becomes a urban legend of terrifying proportions.

Legendary football players Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Mal Pugh all make appearances as Nike’s mythical Phantom player, the film also featuring icons Ronaldinho, Neymar, Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo.

The film also features a cameo from Nigerian rap star WizKid and his posse Legendury Beatz, and Tiwa Savage. This film plays to a mashup between Genesis and Heavy Metal by Justice, adding perfect emphasis and intrigue to the story of Nike Phantom.

VFX: The Mill
Executive Producer: Gemma Humphries, Alex Fitzgerald
Producer: Sean Francis
Line Producer: Supreetha Murthy
Production Coordinator: Dan Crozier
Shoot Supervisor: Barnes Barnsley, Adam Droy

VFX Creative
VFX Creative: The Mill
VFX Supervisor: Adam Droy
2D Lead Artist: Gianluca Di Marco, Dan Adams
2D Artist: Carl Norton, Dan Adams, Declan Andrews, Fergal Hendrick, Georgina Ford, Holly McLean, James Pratt, Olivia O’Neil, Peter Hodsman, Rebecca Clay, Sole Martin, Theajo Dharan
3D Artist: Alan Williamson, Andreas Graichen, Antoine Mariez, Ashley Tilley, Bethan Williams, Carlo Carfora, Dan Yargici, Deniz Cinar, Evelina Dalin, Giacomo Cavalletti, Jack Powell, James Hansell, James Hickey, James Weston, Joshua Curtis, Kate Gabrielova, Katherine Ross, Kevin O’sullivan, Kristian Olsson, Ludwig Ek, Maria Carriedo, Matthew Kavanagh, Maxime Cronier, Nile Hylton, Pavel Mamichev, Peter Agg, Philippe Moine, Sergio Xisto, Todd Akita, Tony Atherton, Will Burdett , Amritha Raajendher, Ananda Murthy, Bharat Ediga, Gokul N, Jadheer T P, Karthick Karuppaswamy, Karthik Viswanathan, Rajan Ramakrishna, Rijo R, Sendil Kumar J, Shaik Azam
Tracking Supervisor: Senthil Murugan Balasundaram
Matte Painting: Henrik Holmberg, Cameron Johnson, Jiyoung Lee
Concept Art: Can Y. Sanalan
Design: Kenny Addeh

Behind The Scenes: Nike ‘Awaken The Phantom’

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