The following two spots attracted my attention for the inventive ways in which they mixed live-action with animation: “Metamorphosis” for Hermès, directed by Julien Vallée of Vallée Duhamel, and “Inner Beauty” for Honda, directed by the venerable production team of Smith & Foulkes through Nexus Productions.
Though Vallée’s Hermès spot lists an animator in the credits, its ‘making of’ video makes clear that most of it was shot in real-time live-action. Curiously, the effect still resembles animation timing. The techniques behind the Honda piece by Smith & Foukes are even more difficult to parse. It is a mix of stop motion, live-action, and CGI, seamlessly combined in novel fashion. Plenty of technical wizardry was involved in putting the Honda ad together, which makes its organic, hand-made feel all the more remarkable.