The making of: NISSAN QASHQAI


Commissioned by advertising agency TBWA Paris, this is the first of a few images made for the launch campaign of the new Nissan Qashqai, which already has been awarded ‘WhatCar?’ car of the year 2014.
The Qashqai is a hugely popular model and this new generation was unveiled about a week before we delivered the visual. Working with such highly anticipated cars was destined to be a little nerve wrecking as the pressure is on, but ultimately a highly enjoyable experience. Our senior retoucher Kate Booker and CGI director Kristian Turner went to Paris twice to present and discuss the project.

We were asked to create the entire image, including background, car and design of the platform, with the challenge of making the structure look futuristic, yet physically possible to build. The mood and feel needed to be distinctively technological as the campaign still visible everywhere in London, is about Urban Domination. For the background image we went to aerial photographer Allan Baxter c/o Getty Images for his extensive library of aerial cityscapes. The brief was to create a generic metropolitan city backdrop that would fade into suburbia towards the horizon. The car was intended to feel superior to the city by being raised physically higher than the other buildings. This meant we needed to source both, high-rises and helicopter photography to assemble the background. Allan was able to provide us with a good choice of high resolution images which Kate composited together to form the city.

Cityscape CompAfter many design-revisions the resulting platform is quite graphic. It also mimics different design aspects of the car, most notably the chrome supports for the hand rail are the same shape as the chrome piece in the center of the grill.

Below some sketches by our CG artist Richard Jenkinson who also worked on this project.

HELIPAD sketches and RENDERSAnd below, needless to say, the final campaign image. Well done guys, it was a great team of joint forces!

NISSAN car - image production RECOM FARMHOUSE

Client: Nissan
Agency: TBWA G1
Art-Director: Cecilia Astengo
Creative-Director: Carina Wachsmann, David Chalu
Photographer: Allan Baxter (Background Shot)
Project Manager: Kate Booker, Kristian Turner
CGI-Director: Kristian Turner
CGI-Artist: Richard Jenkinson
Senior Post-Artist: Kate Booker

Posted by Alessandra