Sony Shows Off New 4K Ultra HD TV

By Ella Riley-Adams 

To be fully experienced, this spot has to be watched at your nearest Sony Store or Magnolia Home Theater at Best Buy. That’s because it’s made specially for the 4K Ultra HD TV it advertises, which raises definition to four times that of a standard HD TV.

The ad still looks pretty on YouTube, with its New Zealand ocean setting, bright blue bird, and red-dressed woman. And it doesn’t hurt that filmmaker Garth Davis (a commercial director himself) narrates it all in his soothing Australian accent.


In addition to showcasing new HD technology, the ad features the largest asset ever made for TV: a random looming spaceship, created by VFX company MPC. Pretty sure Sony agreed to it just because they could.

“This is part of our Visionaries campaign for Sony,” 180LA creative director Dave Horton says. “The idea is to bring together two industry leaders to collaborate on a creation that brings Sony’s technology to life.” In this case, Garth Davis worked with Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi). I look forward to seeing who’s next. I watch almost nothing on TV, but this technology is tempting.

Credits after the jump

Campaign: Sony Visionaries – 4K TV Launch

Length: :60

Spot: Imagine
Agency:  180LA
Agency: 180LA
Executive Creative Director:  William Gelner

Creative Directors:   Dave Horton & Matthew Woodhams-Roberts

Copywriter: Zac Ryder

Art Director: Adam Groves
Head of Production:  Natasha Wellesley

Producer:   Emma Starzacher
Account Director:  Nancy Bernacchi
Account Manager: Mike Slatkin

Account Coordinator: Sarah Lynch

Planner: Mitch Polatin

Production Co.:  Reset

Director:   Garth Davis
DP: Claudio Miranda
Managing Director: David Morrison

Executive Producer: Jeff McDougall
Head of Production: Jen Beitler

Producer: Karen Sproul
Production Designer: Kim Jarrett
Costume Designer: Barbara Darragh
Casting Company: Catch Casting
Casting Director: Linda McFetridge
Editorial Company: Rock, Paper, Scissors LA
Editor: Stewart Reeves
Executive Producer:  Carol Lynn Weaver

Producer: Alexandra Zickerick

Completion/Special Effects: MPC LA

Creative Director: Paul O’Shea

VFX Supervisor: Andy Boyd


2D Artists:

Miles Essmiller, Paul O’Shea, Martin Hall

Concept Artist: Robert Brown

Matte Painter: Kristin Johnson


3D Artists:

Andy Boyd, Scott Metzger, Ross Denner, Aaron Hamman, Atsushi Imamura

Steward Burris, Jean-Dominique Fievet, Jonathan Vaughn, Rick Walia, Hayley O’Neill, Mike Wynd, Dustin Colson, Ian Wilson


Telecine/Color Correct:

Telecine Artist: Mark Gethin

Telecine Asst: Derek Hansen


Executive Producer: Asher Edwards

Producers – Nick Fraser, Diana De Vries


Recording Mix – Jeff Payne
Recording Studio:   Eleven Sound

Date: 05.15.13
Final Mix:   05.15.13
Mixer:   Jeff Payne
Asst Mixer:   Ben Freer
Executive Producer: Caroline O’Sullivan
Music/Sound Design
Original Music by human

Sound Design by human

Client Credits
Patrick Bewley – Vice President, Brand Experience Marketing & Direct Visual Merchandising

Christine Gately-Evans – Director, Brand Experience Marketing

Ken Byers – Senior Manager, Brand Experience Marketing