In terms of clever advertising, Grey and1st Ave Machine got it right on with this spot for Gillette. This is a really nice way to do a product demo, and totally memorable. The crew rigged up 88 of Gillette’s new Flex Ball razors to piano keys, tied them to a matrix which ran to an alternate keyboard played by composer Son Lux. Lux plays a an elegant composition as the camera moves throgh various angles, details and close ups of the product. This is some really nice work that goes way outside the box for advertising a razor and blades.
Apple’s New Perspective.
Below is the new two and a half minute online spot for Apple. If you are not one of the 750,000 people that have already seen it, you are in for a treat. The video features tons of forced perspective, optical illusions, a little animated type, and one hell of a script. As always, Apple advertising is a total winner.
“Live The Language.”
Produced at New Land Directed by Gustav Johansson, this spot for EF International Language Centers takes you on a fifty year journey across continents, through fashion and technology trends, and shows how learning a new language has changed over the years. The learning component is subtle, and takes a bit before it really sinks in, but when it does the message resonates. The commercial has a really nice look to it moving from vintage to current without feeling forced. The look of the spot feels right through out. The vintage color grading and post treatment work because you are being taken on a journey across a period of time, rather then being something added because it is a current trend, or in-style fashion. One of the things that I love about this spot is that there is hardly any dialog spoken, and it uses a series of supers to effectively tell the story and help transition the viewer across the five decades. Really nice work.
Directed by Gustav Johansson
D.O.P: Evan Prosofsky
Typography: Albin Holmqvist
Finally a TV Ad That Doesn’t Make Dad Look Like a Complete Idiot.
Over the last decade or so there has been a trend in advertising that for the most part portrays men, father’s, as complete idiots when it comes to handling anything related to fatherhood, marriage, household chores, etc. The ads are supposed to be humorous, and in some cases are, but for the most part the men represented come off like complete fools. The kind of complete fool that makes you ask “Why did that person marry them in the first place?”, and “How the hell does this guy hold down a job if he can’t even figure out how to change a fucking diaper?”. So when Cheerios dropped there new TV spot for peanut butter Cheerios earlier this month I jumped for joy. Why? Because dad isn’t some lazy, ignorant, lame ass, jackwagon.
The new spot which is aimed squarely at dads features a well written script, an actor that knows how to deliver in a light hearted way yet still comes off like someone that has his shit together, and an authoritative male voice that is aimed straight at you. By that I mean the actor never takes his eyes off of the audience as he walks through the spot delivering dialog about how he has it together. Here we have a spot that shows a male figure capable of multitasking. Capable of controlling the situation. Capable. as opposed to the dad staring at the refrigerator wondering where the food comes from while the voice over from his wife plays him as a fool.
In this spot we have dad who is funny without being condescending, or stereotypically macho. Dad can’t control everything, but with a little help from Cheerios, he can. All the characters, especially the father figure come from a place of strength and support. There is a positive message here that runs fully against so much of the messaging in advertising that says, dad can’t do laundry, clean the house, feed the kids, get them to school, make the bed, and yes that is a dominant message in the majority of TV ads. It’s easy, so people use it. This spot however has a socially positive message that I find much easier to take, and much easier to get behind.
So kudos to General Mills and their agency of record for creating a spot that actually features a dad you would want to hang out with.