Better than milk

for Chris&Geoff

and Almond Breeze

Better than milk

for  Chris&Geoff
and  Almond Breeze

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gossiping cows

With the launch of Almond Breeze almond milk in Australia, we were tasked with the challenge of creating a pair of photorealistic talking cows who had to embody the personality of two-gossiping neighbourhood know-it-alls.

Daisy and Bess are the sticky-beaks of the local herd, and arrival of almond trees on the farm have cast them into a suspicious state. With their milk-making job on the line, we see them spying on the farmer from afar. Daisy and Bess’s performances carry the piece, so we worked to extensively develop the animation of the cows to amplify this humorous and expressive dynamic.

To develop the cows’ distinct characters, we studied real-world human performances (namely Mrs Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances) to inspire the cows’ facial design and range of expression. The resulting combination of realism and stylised characterisation came together neatly to create Daisy and Bess.

a photorealistic

To create cows which could fit seamlessly into a live-action set, we crafted the cows in 3D, using detailed fur simulation and customised the skin, muscle and bone articulation to help the CG cows move as realistically as possible.

3D scanning was used to aid our photorealistic creation of the almond flower and fluid simulation helped create our pristine almond milk splash.

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Robertino Zambrano

executive creative director

Darren Price

creative director

Softly Dunstan

executive producer

James Hudson

head of studio

Jeremy Howdin

modelling & surfacing

Greg Petchkovsky


Luke Sullivan


Balazs Meszaros, Mike Singca


Serge Kovalenko

Light & render

Greg Petchkovsky

cg lead

Vincent E Sousa


Ludovic Habas


Dean Richichi, Romain Haddad

matte painting

Deborah Ho


Pete Yong

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