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5 beautifully colored spots from 25 years of Nice Shoes

A week is a long time in advertising. A year is practically its own era. 25 of them, then, is a mind-boggling length of time.

And yet that is precisely the milestone that the creative studio Nice Shoes has been celebrating in 2021. In truth, there are precious few companies which can claim to have had as meaningful and enduring an impact on our industry as Nice Shoes. Originally co-founded by Dominic Pandolfino in 1996, the past 25 years have seen the studio bring to life some of the most iconic work in short and long-form alike.

Today, we’re going back to where it all started – color. Nice Shoes was founded as a best-in-class color studio – and alongside all the innovations and new technologies which have come along since then, that quality color offering has remained unchanged.

So today, we’re reflecting on five of the most eye-catching color work from the studio’s history.

gold bond: euphemisms

First up, here’s the recent ‘too ballsy for broadcast’ spot with Gold Bond. This playful ad for the skincare brand highlights the importance of maintaining our delicate areas over the course of human history. Released earlier this year, the campaign formed part of the brand’s wider campaign to advocate protection for our pores and skin – even in those places we might be slightly uncomfortable to talk about.

Colorist: Maria Carretero

Color Assistant: Matt Annitto

Executive Producer: Tara Holmes

Producer: Andrew Pandolfino

nespresso: training day

Have you ever wanted to be as smooth as George Clooney? So too, apparently, has Danny DeVito. In this spot for the iconic coffee brand Nespresso, we see DeVito tap into his inner Clooney via the medium of great coffee. Bringing the light-hearted spot to life is the vibrant color work from the Nice Shoes team.

Colorist: Chris Ryan

prada: battlefield

In this whimsical spot, the singular creative vision of director Autumn de Wilde is brought to life in the form of a childhood fantasy. We see a beautiful shot of a Prada bag cut clean in two, with a skirmish between toy soldiers playing out inside. Adding color to this vivid ode to childhood obsession was Nice Shoes’ Gene Curley. ‘Battlefield’ formed part of a larger campaign for the iconic fashion brand, with Gene providing color services for other Prada spots from Autumn de Wilde in the ‘Postman Dreams’ series such as ‘The Tree’ and ‘The Laundromat’. Gene reunited with de Wilde once more for the Postman Dreams 2 series of shorts, this time starring Elijah Wood.

Colorist: Gene Curley

budweiser: replay

There was once a time, before he was behind the camera on blockbuster Batman and Superman flicks, that Zack Snyder made his name in adland. This Super Bowl spot for Budwieser, in which the NFL review process is parodied, was voted the most popular ad of Super Bowl XXXVII. Helping the memorable spot to pop, of course, was the team at Nice Shoes including long-serving colorist Chris Ryan.

Colorist: Chris Ryan

pepsi: the joy of cola (featuring kiss)

As one of the most memorable and colorful bands of the 70s, it should perhaps come as no surprise to see that some of Nice Shoes’ best work in color features Kiss. The iconic rockers turn it up to eleven in this energetic ad featuring former child actress Hallie Eisenberg, with a specially-made track celebrating ‘the joy of cola’. Adding the color that brought this ad to life was Nice Shoes’ Chris Ryan.

Colorist: Chris Ryan

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