Scholar | Akamai Technologies “The Intelligent Edge”


Beneath each sport vignette lies a metaphorical story of navigating chaos through a vast and volatile digital space. These stories are about the willingness to overcome and the strength of the underlying Akamai technology. Unrivaled content delivery, performance, and security are portrayed by three elite athletes who shift and adapt to any obstacle thrown their way.

From the moment we got eyes on the unique concept to create films beyond the traditional tech explainer, we dove in headfirst with our friends at Doremus and never looked back. We crafted an artful and energetic visual world through the mixture of colorful lighting, practical weather FX, and high-speed photography. With a dash of Scholar animation, we elevated the live-action pieces into a space rippling with coding and data visualization.

Welcome to the Edge of the internet.


Production Company: Scholar
Director: Chris Finn
Managing Director: Jo Arghiris
Executive Producer: Kirsten Noll
Head of Production: Tyler Locke
Line Producer: Rich Kaylor
Production Services: Vagabond Films
Executive Producer: Pablo Tourrenc
Director of Photography: Andres Bermúdez
Production Designer: Nicolás Duque
Design & Animation: Scholar
Creative Director: Chris Finn
Art Director: Vin Kim
Managing Director: Jo Arghiris
Executive Producer: Kirsten Noll
Head of Production: Tyler Locke
Sr Producer: Nicole Smarsh
Designers: Sam Cividanis, Alex Maltsev, Daniel Onassis
2D Animators: Kenny Kerut, Joakim Ekstroem, Phil Hoeschen, Jeffrey JIP Jeong, Ryan Sommerville
3D Generalists: Ryan Kaplan, Kevin Kolodinsky, Kevin Lim
Compositors: Ryan Kaplan, Josh Bolin, Michael Loney, Lisa Ryan
Flame Artist: Matt Lavoy, Jeff Langlosi
Storyboards: Fred Fassberger
Editor: Jason Webb, Healy Snow
Assistant Editor: Micky Tsang

Mix & Sound Design: Echoic, Cypher
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