Ambev's Charming Animation Transforms 324 tons of Garbage into a 100% Recyclable Campaign
Two weeks after launching #HelpAStreetVendor (#AjudeUmAbulante) — an initiative to reduce the impact of the cancellation of festivities on the income of salespeople who were unable to work during the Carnival holiday this year —, Ambev is back to show the results of a sustainability action started during Carnival in 2020.
On Wednesday (February 24th) was rolled out the campaign created by SunsetDDB about Ambev's partnership last year with ANCAT (National Association of Recyclable Material Pickers) focused on collecting garbage left by people participating in the biggest block parties in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Recife. The campaign includes a short animation produced by Zombie Studio with recyclable waste.
Approximately 26 million revellers who took the streets in 2020 produced 324 metric tons of waste and recyclable material. Of this amount, 127 tons of plastic were transformed into 2,000 trash cans that are being installed in Salvador and Recife. About 3,000 pickers joined the initiative. To reinforce Ambev's sustainability concept, SunsetDDB and Zombie Studio came up with the idea of using waste collected during Carnival to produce the film "Dear Trash" (“Querido Lixo”), which featured sets designed with recycled materials such as plastic and cardboard.
The script follows a relationship between a recyclable material picker and a plastic bottle thrown on the ground during a Carnival block party. The plot and title of the film are an invitation to rethink the way we deal with waste, showing its importance not only for collectors, but also to build a more sustainable world. To turn this message into reality, all the material used in the short film will also be turned into a trash can. The production lasted three months, headed by Zombie Studio and directed by Paulo Garcia.
“The continuity of our Carnival project from last year shows how important it is to work together to build a better world. We believe that this initiative is a great victory for us as a company and for society as well,” says Rodrigo Figueiredo, VP of sustainability and supplies at Ambev.
The animation begins with scenes of a plastic bottle coming to life in a factory. It is thrown on the ground by a reveller and later taken to a recycling centre by a picker. In the end, the two characters meet again in a different context, with the bottle shaped like a trash can on the street. The film ends with Ambev's sustainability message: “Some things are forever. Plastic pollution cannot be one of them.” The soundtrack includes audio produced by recycled materials collected during Carnival.
“Transforming garbage for the benefit of the population is something grandiose. The architectural model of the short film could not have any destination other than recycling. The film delivers two things — something creative that inspires, and a practical aspect in following the action and turning the set into a trash can. It took 868 hours of work, 65 professionals involved, and many reference studies to reach stop motion,” explains Paulo Garcia, a partner and director of Zombie Studio.
Sergio Mugnaini, chief creative officer at SunsetDDB, says that the campaign is a tangible example of Ambev's commitment to sustainability during Carnival. “It is, literally, a 100% recyclable campaign. Based on a simple idea, which is the use of waste to set up the scene and animation characters, we were able to present the results achieved by the brand's initiative and, moreover, contribute to the goal of producing a trash can with the campaign film itself,” adds Sergio.
Campaign Title: Ambev #QueridoLixo
CEO: Pipo Calazans
CCO: Sergio Mugnaini
Writer: Filipe Rosado
Art Director: Felipe Revite
Social Media: Fábio Machado and Gabriela Campagnucci
Media: Marcelo Aquilino, Marina Ramalho.
Customer Service: Cris Pereira, Bianca Bizello and Shirley Lacerda.
Planning: Marcia Aguirre, Fabiana Ribeiro and Julia Aquino
Audio Visual Production Director: Tais Caetano
RTV Producer: Moema Porro
Client Approval: Alexandre Costa and Mariana Taborda
Producer: Zombie Studio
Director: Paulo Garcia
Customer Service: Stefanie Dias
Executive Producer: Natalia Gouvêa
Creative Director: Daniel Salles
Production Director: Nayla Kols
Art Director: Anna Caiado
Animation Supervisor: Patrick Botton
CG Supervisor: Rafael Segnini Isaac Buzzola
Concept Art: Anna Caiado Katan Walker
Storyboard: Saulo Brito and Gabriel São Marcos
LookDev & Light Lead: Claudio Júnior
LookDev & Lightning: Thiago Peyon, Lucas Amaral, Claudio Júnior, Pedro Henrique Plácido, Giovani Kosowski and Ricardo Alves
3D Models: Tiago Oliveira, Mauricio Sampaio and Douglas Silva
Character and Prop Setup and Rigging: Danilo Pinheiro Wesley Oliveira
Animation: Patrick Botton, Tecles de Almeida, Bruno Santos, Fernando Bastos, Igor Machado, Lucas Barbosa and Leonardo Felix
Stop Motion Animation: Fábio Yamaji
Scene Layout and Assembly: Rafael Segnini, Wesley Oliveira, Isaac Buzzola and Wallan Oliveira
VFX: Gabriel Marcondes
Editor: Wesley Oliveira
Lead Compositing: Leanndro Amorim
Compositing: Danilo de Lucio, Marco Antonio, Rafael Chiavegatti, Thailiny Cruz, Vanessa Peroni, Leanndro Amorin and Isaac Buzzola
Camera Tracking: Leonardo Lino
IT: Gabriel Paixão Rodolfo Cultiz
Finance: Alessandra Cena
Color Correction: Psycho n’Look/Marcinho.abc
Production Directors: Nayla Kols and Galileu Giglio
Producers: Nayla Kols, Simone de Angelis and Joaquim Carriço
Photography Direction: Lucas Andres Barreto
Dop Assist: Renato da Silva Fonseca Leitão
Motion Control: Andre Camargo de Souza
Motion Control Assistant: Samuel Mariani
Set Design: Fábio Yamaji, Tamali Reda and Ana Barroso
Set Design Assistants: Ana Lucia Valentin, Lua Nucci, Marina Lima, Simone Pinheiro, Caca Veirano, Verô Poiani, Ligia Mie Jeon, Fábio Yamaji and Tamali Reda
Logger: Wesley Oliveira
Gaffer: Ailton Hipólito da Silva and Douglas de Oliveira Silva
Set Structure and Grip: Daniel Francisco dos Santos
Audio Producer: Evil Twin Music
Music Direction and Production: Andre Faria, Murilo Faria, Andre Namur
Audio Finishing: Andre Namur and Rafael Vieira
Customer Service: Juliana Tangary and Carolina Couto
Genre: Animation , Storytelling