Coca-Cola Brazil: In search of Olympic Torch

Let the games begin! The Mill collaborated with Director Bryan Buckley of Hungry Man and Ogilvy & Mather Brasil

to bring the Coca-Cola bear to Rio 2016 where he pursues an adventure in search of the Olympic torch.

‘Torch Bear’ opens on the furry animated character in his chilly cave, but it isn’t long until he finds himself in new territory: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the help of a young guide he explores the exciting activities around him, but he doesn’t truly fit in until he figures out how to incorporate a little piece of home.

Shoot Supervisor and Creative Director Robert Sethi explains, “We worked with Brian to develop the story as it transitions from an animated world to the real world in Rio. In the ice cave, we made a conscious decision to simplify the environment and we emphasized it by creating a blue atmosphere. That later moves into a completely different world with a much warmer, yellow colour.”

The CG bear’s fur alternates between environments too, including changes in density, lighting and grooming.

His playful nature, however, remains consistent throughout. The team worked to create a character with a personality similar to a teenager’s: clumsy, goofy and fun, and with a bit of attitude.


Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Brasil
Head of Global Production: Veronica Beach
Producer: Gabi Boghosian
Creative Directors: Rafael Donato, Moacyr Guimarães, Eduardo Doss
Account Director: Ana Paula Perdigão, Gabriela Malta, Marcela Morgado
Art Director: Fabio Natan

Production Company

Production Company: Hungry Man
Director: Bryan Buckley
Executive Producer: Mino Jarjoura
Producer: Matt Lefebvre
Director of Photography: Scott Henrikson


Editing Company: Cut+Run
Producer: Remy Foxx
Editor: Jay Nelson
Edit Assist: Carmen Hu

VFX & Design

VFX & Design: The Mill
Senior Executive Producer: Sue Troyan
Bidding Producer: Leighton Greer
Producer: Will Lemmon
Production Coordinator: Kris Drenzek, Chris Lewis, Anwei Chen
Shoot Supervisors: Phil Crowe, Robert Sethi
Creative Directors: Phil Crowe, Robert Sethi
2D Lead Artist: Ben Smith
3D Lead Artists: Chris Bayol, Jacob Bergman, Ashraf Ghoniem
2D Artists: Jason Bergman, Greg VanZyl, Ashley Forbito, Timothy Crabtree, Sam Evenson, Jake Maymudes, Tim Robbins
3D Artists: Justin Murphy, Michael Archambault, Darren Sumich, Martin Rivera, Aldrich Torres, Kenzie Chen, Blake Sullivan, Kelvin Liang, Majid Esmaeili, James Ma, Matt Bohnert, Felix Urquiza, Matt Neapolitan, Fabian Elmers, Steven Olson, Monique Espinoza, Nick Lines, Juan Zavala, Katie Yancey, Mike Di Nocco, James Carson, Sylvain Deboissy, Simone Lee, Charles Storniolo, Jeffrey Lee
Matte Painting: Rasha Shalalby, Thom Price
Motion Graphics: Viraj Ajmeri, Justin Demetrician, Chloe Skinner, Greg Park
Art Department: Brett Lopinsky, Kelsey Napier, Matthew Dobrez


Colour: The Mill
Executive Producer, Colour: Thatcher Peterson
Colour Producer: Ali Struck
Production Coordinator, Colour: Diane Valera
Colourist: Adam Scott
Colour Assists: Asa Fox, Christopher Obal

Date: 2015 Client: Coca cola Responsibilities: Lighting Website: