Computer Animation/Film/VFX

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Never Say Never

Saman Kesh (IR) / Skunk


Saman Kesh joined forces with legendary producer duo Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, known as Basement Jaxx, for a groundbreaking 6-minute video. Never Say Never follows Jaxx Industries in their zealous effort to bring dancing back to mankind via twerking by creating the futuristic TW3RK-BOT1.0.

The Build

My, now, dear friends at Alterian Inc. kicked ass. I brought the idea and a document of a rough mock-up of what I was looking for and what it needed to do as well as the features. They went off and kind of made a little more of a concrete sketch. We then tweaked and adjusted as we went along (since we didn't have a ton of time —eight days to be exact). After visiting the shop almost every day and having our daily pow-wow of evolution, the robot was ready to show its stuff.

The Twerking

I always knew that I didn't want to do CG, but I also didn't want do full-on robotics. Mostly those two would have been impossible. Instead, I pitched the idea of puppeting the robot and adjusting in post. Alterian bought in and that's what we did. There were three puppeteers. One for the ass pump (the booty shakes). Another for the humping/thrusts (this was a professional Twerker). And finally another animator that worked the legs and knee joints. We later adjusted the "jittery" amount accordingly in post.


Saman Kesh, Skunk

Saman Kesh, Skunk (IR) got his start at the Art Center College of Design, where he won a SXSW 2010 Best Video award for Cinnamon Chasers, a road trip shot in POV. While at school, a spec ad for Canon garnered him a Clio and inclusion in the Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase. In 2013 he won an additional SXSW Best Video award for Vitalic. Basement Jaxx's Never Say Never was nominated for a Grammy (Best Dance Recording) this past year and his newest KYGO music video, Stole The Show, was in Creative Review among March's music videos of the month.

Writer and Director: Saman Kesh
Music: Basement Jaxx Never Say Never
Line Producer: Courtney Davies
Production Company: SKUNK
Executive Producer: Shelly Townsend & Matt Factor
Commissioner: John Moule
Twerk-Bot Design & Build: Alterian Inc., Tony Gardner, Lilo Tauvao, Peter Chevako,
Cinematography: Guillermo Garza
Wardrobe Stylist: Michelle Thompson
Editing: Mandy Brown & Saman Kesh
Production Design: Greg Lang
Art Director: Coran Deloy Oberlin
Colorist: Derek Hansen (MPC)
Assistant Director: Jesse Sternbaum
Director Assistant: Brendan Varni
Prologue Music: Ed Hobbs
Lead FVX Consultant: Justin Hantz
Lead FVX Artist: Mike Kelley
Rotoscope Artists: Moving Picture Company (MPC)
Graphics & Read-Out Designs: Cosimo Galluzzi
Read-Out Motion: Mike Kelley, Justin Hantz
Read-Out & ‚‘Add to Cart‘ CG: Saman Kesh
Mr Nakamatsu – Toshiji Takeshima
Mrs Nakamatsu – Kazuho Yamazaki
Twerker – Nicole Steen
Scientist 1 – TJ Yoshizaki
Scientist 2 – Swee Khor
Scientist 3 – Muneki Nakamoto
Scientist 4 – Charles Han
Scientist 5 – Jon Chua
Truck Packer – Ben Barrett
Co-Producers: Joe Faulstich, Alterian Inc, Saman Kesh
Pick-Up Producer: Carrie Schreck
Pick-Up AC: Andrés Cuevas
PICK-Up PA: Royce Isaacson
Gaffer: David McCabe
Key Grip: Jake Smith
1st AC: Jonathan Dec
2nd AC: Jordan Gaylor
BB Electric: Andrew Simone
BB Grip: Tim Nash
Grip: David Connan
Data Manager: Paolo Arriola
Wardrobe Seamstress: Mindy Iller