Coffee Stories


Ironically, creating top drawer latte art requires a steady hand, so when UK Latte Art Champ Dhan Tamang started ‘churning out’ the 200+ lattes to create this film, we were all very keen on ensuring his caffeine consumption was zero.

He tells us he’s in total focus mode- no caffeine, no alcohol and no gym, for months before any event. We all stare at his pecs, wondering what he’s been doing to keep them so pumped.

Anyway, Iris asks us to pitch on this film for Shell- authenticity of coffee is key, so we propose working with Dhan on the world’s first ‘Latte-mation’*. We previz animate the coffee cup characters initially and he copies our sequences, frame by frame. Then we go and bang it all together in a CG environment and bash the render button. Oh, how we wish it was that simple.
Check the ‘Making of’ video below




Executive Producer: Neil Kidney
Directors: Morgan Powell, Neil Kidney
Storyboards: Jamie Coe
Character Design & Animation: Griff
Latte Art: Dhan Tamang
Latte Art Assistant: Thea
DOP: Charlie Miller
Camera Assistant: Archie Thomas
CGI Artists: Omar Sarmientio, Adam Sealey, Doug Kennedy, Neil Kidney, Matt Morris
Compositor: David O’Neil, Harry Bartlam
Shoot Runner: Elizabeth Riach
Account Manager: Saskia McLaughlin
Deputy Creative Directors: Tommy Allen, Matt Gray
Junior Moving Image Producer: Nadia Black
Creatives: Miguel Monteiro, Olivia Leviten