Man riding a cow, leading a crowd of cows


In this multi-spot campaign for Experian, Framestore teamed up with MikeTeevee and RESET director Gary Freedman to demonstrate that it’s now possible to increase your credit score in an instant with Experian Boost.

In the first spot of the series, titled Stampede, a hero character saves the day for a downtrodden man stranded with his broken down truck in the desert and a sign reading “credit denied.” The hero proudly leads a herd of purple cows that come hurtling towards the man, repeatedly calling out the word “Experian” as the cows respond with a low, rumbling “Booooost.” 

“Framestore has been a key partner in this campaign, and it quite simply would not have been possible without their commitment, passion and tremendous capabilities” said Experian Marketing VP, Kevin Everhart.

The project presented a number of exciting challenges for the largely LA-based Framestore team, which has deep experience when it came to creating photorealistic animals. From building a CGI creature that move seamlessly regardless of the motion being captured, to finding the perfect purple hue of the cow’s fur, every detail was painstakingly considered.

actor john cena riding a purple cow amongst a stampede

The team was overseen by Executive Creative Director Aron Hjartarson, while Animation Supervisor Andrew Daffy helped to lead creative and facilitate the overall vision. Daffy also worked hands-on with a body double and puppeteers from Creature FX to ensure they performed the right movements for the animation cycles of the cow performances required as John Cena rode a mechanical stand-in during the shoot.

The compositing, led by Martin Lazaro, relied on Nuke for the intricate work involved in layering hundreds of furry animals embedded in thick clouds of dust and dirt into the live action plates.

The CG team supervised by Framestore veteran James Healy used Houdini for grooming, lighting, FX and crowd systems, which also relied on animation cycles created in Maya.

“The artists on this project did a truly stellar job, which was the key to its success. Working with such dedicated people is an endless source of inspiration, and having access to the worldwide Framestore talent pool opens up tremendous creative possibilities,” said Hjartarson.


CG Supervisor
James Healy
Marco Marenghi, Taylor Hodgson-Scott, Yarim Machado, Jim Hundertmark, Nico Cappucio
Groom & Look Development
Jessica Groom, Aidan Merryman, Kevin Baker, Teryu Yoshida
3D Cameras
Juan Colon, Fabio Zapata, Sean Dollins, Cosku Ozdemir
Katie Buckley
Final Cut
Houdini lead
Jonah Hall
Rigging & CFX
George Saavedra, Walter Fulbright, Kegan Jones, Suzi Little, Gabriela Ruch, Salmeron Rod Gottardi, Leona Sharkey
Lighting & FX
Jessica Groom, Kevin Baker, Pota Tseng, Will Von, Jess Jamie German, Kevin Gillen, Robert Kolbeins
Groom & Look Development
Jessica Groom, Aidan Merryman, Kevin Baker, Teryu Yoshida
Bruno Calva, Michael Miller, Martin Karlsson, Dan Lang, Dylan Brown
Rob Garcia, Scott Brust
3D Cameras
Juan Colon, Fabio Zapata, Sean Dollins, Cosku Ozdemir
Beau Leon
Colour Producer
Andrew McClintock
Katie Buckley
Jamie Runkle
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