Nobrain directs for Zovirax

Late last year the Mad Cow team travelled down to the southern tip of Morocco, very close to the Algerian border to film a European and global campaign for the good people of Saatchi & Saatchi London. 

The spot, directed by our fabulous Parisian collective Nobrain & produced by Nicholas Unsworth pitted a scientific SWAT team in a race against time with an alien invading virus all set in the amazing unspoilt dunes of the Western Sahara.

The 40 strong crew mainly hailed from Marrakesh and travelled 8 hours from there to camp in an isolated eco-Wadi run by Taha, an old friend of Niko Pasquet (one third of Nobrain).

Battling zero wi-fi coverage, two storms of unheard-of intensity in that region & a 40mph sandstorm on the first shoot day, the team battled through and, with a combination of drone shooting, car to car filming and some great performances by the cast, they were able to bring back fantastic rushes (courtesy of Icelandic DOP Hákon Pálson)  to Tetsuo, Nobrain’s post facility in Paris.

The CGI virus and the extensive SFX took 3 teams, working in round the clock shifts, a total of eight weeks to finish and the final film is a real departure for the GSK brand, creating a fun, exciting, futuristic world with the SWAT scientists saving the world from extinction…well…cold sores.

AGENCY: Saatchi & Saatchi 
CREATIVES: Gabriel Garcia & Felipe Sampaio 
DIRECTOR: Nobrain 
PRODUCER: Nicholas Unsworth 
DOP: Hákon Pálsson 
EDITOR: Nick Armstrong @ Cut & Run 
GRADING: Charles Keramoal   
3D: Thierry Canon, Charles Keramoal, Jerome Nguyen, Julie Cervantes, Nour Chamseddine & Mehdi Rami 
2D: Lenaic Favard & Fabien Vantroys 
3D VFX: Jerome Oliveras 
DESIGNS: Saii   
MUSIC: Tom Player @ Wake The Town
MIX: Mark Hellaby @ 750mph

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