Monday, November 12, 2007

Michael Mann's Nike Commercial

What do high-powered directors do when they're not filming movies? They direct television commercials, of course.

Film Director Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Ali, Heat, The Insider) revisited the small screen of television and made the following commercial for NIKE Football:

Not sure why he decided to do this commercial. Maybe it was to test new technology for one of his upcoming movies - Frankie Machine or The Few. Maybe it was to make a couple bucks. Maybe because he was bored. Whatever the reason, I'm thoroughly impressed.

Set to the music of the final chase scene in The Last of the Mohicans, Mann pretty much brings across the intensity, the passion and the aggression involved in with pro football. Thanks, in part, to the 'acting' of Shawn Merriman (San Diego Chargers)and Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams).

I'm not sure about you, but after viewing this commercial, I got goose bumps. Then I wanted to suit up, run out of my house and tackle someone in my neighborhood. Anyone. Then do it again. And again. And again. All the way down the the police station.

For a more high-definition video of the commercial, visit Nike's site right here.

Does anyone out there know who did the cinematography? I visited a number of site and can't seem to find out who filmed the thing. I'm just curious if it's someone from the agency that produced the commercial or Mann's choice such as long-time collaborator Donte Spinotti.


Anonymous said...

Sweet. I was curious who did that commercial.

Eric Wiley said...

Watched the hi-def version. They did a good job of obscuring the team logos of the opposing players throughout without making them look too generic.

Milan Cargould said...

Donte Spinotti is my favorite DP. Don't know if he did that commercial, but if you want to see some cinematography check out his resume.
-Last of the Mohicans
-The Insider
-L.A. Confidential
and of course...Manhunter

Your Finest Eimer said...

Concerning Donte Spinotte, I noticed he signed on to do the third Chronicles of Narnia movie.

Anonymous said...

Dante Spinotti shot that commercial

Your Finest Eimer said...

Thanks stephen. I love Spinotti's work.