Rihanna puts a crown on her head and looks down


Framestore’s worldwide advertising offices came together to create eight beautiful, engaging, and at times unnerving, spots for Rihanna and Samsung. The #ANTIdiaRy campaign consists of a series of films traversing eight different ‘rooms’, representing a surreal and metaphorical journey of the pop superstar’s career in advance of her much-anticipated new album, ANTI.


Journey of a Lifetime

Working closely alongside director Yoann Lemoine, a.k.a. recording artist Woodkid, Framestore were called upon to create a wide range of visual effects-heavy shots for Rihanna’s incredible journey. ‘From her humble childhood in Barbados through the pressures of fame to becoming a global megastar, we follow Rihanna's path through life so far’, said Framestore co-Executive Creative Director Aron Hjartarson.

close up shot of rihanna in pearly and purple hazy water

Creative Collaboration

‘Yoann had a really cool take on the whole project and brought a great sense of design and style to it. He also has a background in computer graphics and music, so had a very clear idea of what he wanted to accomplish', said Murray Butler, co-Executive Creative Director. ‘His unique vision for the eight rooms on this journey encompasses the worlds of art, music and fashion, and required just the right level of nuance and technique from the whole Framestore team in order to pull it off’.

The VFX work was wide-ranging, calling for a collation of Framestore’s global talent to handle concept design, on-set VFX supervision, telecine and all 2D and 3D work. ‘The challenges were myriad and varied’, said Butler. ‘Tasks included beauty work and set augmentation across all eight films; replacing a prop gold crown with a CG asset; a CG stream of blue ink spilling out of the tattoo artist’s eyes and nose; CG insects; and the creation of a mysterious portal made from a breathing material, that Rihanna passes through at the end of Room 3’.

close up face shot of a person with indigenous face tattoos. there is black ink coming out of their eyes and nostrils

Around The World

Framestore’s global teams were involved from an early stage, helping plan specific shots for the shoot. Matt Pascuzzi, Framestore’s Shoot Supervisor and VFX Supervisor on the project, said of the work: ‘We were fortunate enough to have a highly collaborative role on the project. It was such a pleasure to work this way with Yoann, and meant we were able to design a lot of the more complex VFX shots from the ground up. With some spots going from conform to finished product in a matter of days, having an agile, multi-site pipeline allowed us to pool resources from the Framestore offices across LA, New York and London, making it a true team effort’.

Indeed with all eight films shot, edited and completed within a five week turnaround, #ANTI-diaRy proved a perfect challenge for Framestore’s global pipeline. With multiple versions of each spot being worked upon in tandem across offices, and daily virtual reviews under the exacting eye of both Lemoine and agency, there was simply no room (or time) for error.

The resulting film series prove something quite extraordinary, shedding new artistic light on the whirlwind career of Rihanna. The combination of seamless workflows and a strong, collaborative creative journey create a distinct film series for one of the most-talked about music releases of recent years, and proved a project that Framestore is extremely proud to have worked on.


Executive Creative Director
Guillermo Vega
Creative Directors
Matthew Carey, Wei Wei Dong, Ben Wiley, Brandon Mai, Tim Grover
Executive Producer
Kerli Teo
Agency Producer
Ryan Chong, Yaya Zhang
Brand Director
Mandy Hein
Brand Manager
Ricardo Heiber
Brand Co-Ordinator
Dylan Levy
Production Company
Production Company Producer
Julien Lemaitre
Yoann Lemoine
Executive Producer
Nicholas Lhermitte
Production Manager
Mark Berger
Jay Rabinowitz and Bruce Herrman @ Lost Planet
Director of Photography
Jeff Cronenweth
Producer (Framestore)
Sarah Hiddlestone, James Razzall, Nick Fraser, James Alexander, Wendy Garfinkle
Executive Creative Director
VFX Supervisor
Matt Pascuzzi, Theo Jones, Michael Ralla, James Dick
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