- Monday, Apr. 17, 2017
To launch the emergent FUTURECRAFT 4D, adidas Brand Design partnered with Miniac Films to create a film that harnesses the spirit of unyielding innovation and discovery in their quest to produce a hyper-personalized running shoe. With striking visuals that usher in a sense of rising from the confines of the imagination, “FUTURECRAFT,” is a cinematic and artful look at what feels like it should be impossible in the moment.
FUTURECRAFT 4D is a pioneering partnership between adidas and Carbon, a company working at the intersection of hardware, software, and molecular science. Together, they are upending traditional manufacturing with the ability to design and deliver a truly customized product made possible through the marriage of athletic research and 3D printing.
Part alchemy, part upheaval, Miniac – in close collaboration with adidas Brand Design – employed a reductive, layered approach to FUTURECRAFT; juxtaposing and counter-weighing images, sound, and language to describe this complex interweaving of humanity, science, art, design, technology and data.
According to Nick Cline, adidas’ Creative Director for Global Brand Design in Amsterdam, “FUTURECRAFT is our approach and philosophy to aesthetic and design. One of the biggest differences with adidas is the human element we bring to developing innovative products. We are striving to get as close as we can to culture, purpose and simplicity. This film needed to tell that story, in a human way. Most innovation stories are so techy. We found this amazing symmetry between how this product rises to how athletes rise. It’s layer by layer. Everyday an athlete practices, goes for a run, or plays a match on the pitch, they are rising as an athlete. That’s what our brand is about, helping athletes rise and become better.”
“Our goal was to parallel the Future ideal – the spirit of innovation that is, by its very nature, in a constant beta state, where the unexpected meets rigorous to rise to the next level,” explains Miniac Co-Founder/Director John C. Pina. “We wanted to honor the brilliant minds behind this technology while translating what can feel abstract and far-reaching, into something personal and individual.
To add sonic dimension to the project, Miniac tapped Grammy-nominated Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) known for his feature film compositions on Max Max Fury Road, Deadpool and Batman Vs. Superman (co-composed with Hans Zimmer). “Futurecraft” was edited by Eric Greenberg, produced by Rogers Marquess, and shot by Joshua James Richards.
“This project sparked the immediate and intense enthusiasm by everyone involved because we could all relate to finding wonder in discovery, ” says Miniac EP/Co-Founder Stephen Roesler. “For each of us, the film became very personal which is largely due to the passion adidas brought to this project.”
Miniac Films and adidas Brand Design have worked together on a number of striking campaigns that usher in the next wave of running athletic innovations. The two entities collaborate as an integrated creative production team for work that is driven by the fusion of art and brand.
About Miniac Films
The company specializes in branded stories. The company was formed in 2015 by Director John Christopher Pina and Executive Producer Stephen Roesler, who bring over a decade’s worth of experience in music video, commercial, documentary and narrative film to develop versatile solutions for clients. Whether it’s a turnkey project that requires support from ideation to post production, or simply executing direction on existing creative, the filmmaking team at Miniac inspires collaboration behind each film they create. Find out more at: http://www.miniacfilms.com
Marketing: Stephane Viarnaud
Advertising Agency: adidas Brand Design
Global Brand Design Creative Director//Amsterdam: Nick Cline
Agency Producer: Eleanor Fitzgerald
Production Company: Miniac Films
Director: John C. Pina
Executive Producer: Stephen Roesler
Producer: Rogers Marquess
DP: Joshua James Richards
Editor: Eric Greenburg
Original Score: Junkie XL & Christian Vorläender
Sound Design and Mix: Zach Goheen @ Vaudeville
Color: Paul Yacono @ a52