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Rakuten | High Stakes

Agency: Rakuten          Director: Matt Aselton         Production Company: Arts & Sciences

The stakes are sky high in “High Stakes,” a highly elaborate spot for Japanese online retail giant Rakuten. To illustrate the potential value of Rakuten’s cash back offer, director Matt Aselton creates a James Bond style poker game featuring Emmy-winning star of hit series Ted Lasso, Hannah Waddingham.

Method Studios’ artists and compositors contributed significantly to the casino environment and significantly augmented the cat – enlarging the feline, and specifically its ears, and re-coloring the eyes red for key closeups.

This highly praised piece was the client’s first Superbowl ad. 


VFX Supervisor:

Vernon Wilbert

VFX Supervisor On Set:

Benjamin Walsh

Lead Flame Artist:

Matt Welch

Flame Artist:

Ian Holland, Andrew Dela Cruz, Michael Plescia

Roto/Paint Lead:

Pam Gonzales


Executive Producer:

Chelsea Kammeyer


Kyle Leonard