Drive like the 1%

//  04.30.15

The 1% live in chateaus, they date supermodels and they collect supercars. It might be next to impossible to live like the 1%, but it’s easy to drive like them, thanks to the Subaru BRZ. It’s the attainable supercar.

Targeting confident, independent male car enthusiasts between the ages of 30 and 35, Subaru has released two 20-second web films on YouTube, created by Toronto-based advertising agency Red Urban, that show how easily people can mistake the BRZ for a supercool supercar, and its drivers for elite members of the 1%. The first depicts the owner of a BRZ coming out of a store to find his BRZ the subject of an impromptu photo shoot by way of selfie sticks. The second follows a couple in a BRZ who’ve been targeted of a gang of motorcycle-riding paparazzi. What becomes clear is that the BRZ is a seriously affordable supercar for serious drivers and, at $27,395, its pure fun-to-drive quotient rivals that of cars ten times its price.

“What we really wanted to show in these spots, in a tongue-in-cheek way, is that the BRZ is an attainable sports car” said Geoff Craig, Director, Marketing, Subaru. “That’s the great thing about the BRZ. It’s a fantastic sports car that happens to cost $27,395”.

Every decision in the engineering and design of this car was made to provide the best driving experience possible. The BRZ has a lower centre of gravity than a Ferrari 458 Italia, exceptional balance, quick steering and throttle response, slick gear change and controllable oversteer. Most importantly, the BRZ looks like a million bucks.

The web films are directed by Mark Gilbert of Toronto-based Untitled Films and were edited by Marc Langley at Rooster Post. The web films are supported by print and socials media campaign as well as digital banners.

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About Red Urban
Red Urban is an award-winning advertising agency in Toronto, Canada and a member of the Omnicom group of companies. Operating as a boutique creative agency with the resources of a global network, Red Urban’s clients include Subaru, Porsche, Alexander Keith’s, Nestlé Purina and Renaissance Investments, a division of CIBC.

Titles: “Paparazzi”, “Selfie”
Client: Subaru Canada
Brand: Subaru BRZ

Creative Agency: Red Urban
Executive Creative Director: Christina Yu
Senior Creative: Patrick Shing
Senior Creative: Pete Gardiner
Copywriter: Philip Hahn
Art Director: Brendan McMullen
Producer: Anna Tricinci

Director, Digital Strategy & Social Media: Nicole Milette

Account Services
Director, Client Services: Caroline Kilgour
Group Account Director: Trevor Byrne
Senior Account Executive: Tim Simpson

Production Company: Untitled Films
Director: Mark Gilbert
Line Producer: Tom Evelyn
Executive Producer: Lexy Kavluk
Director of Photography: John Houtman

Post Production – Editorial
Editorial Company: Rooster Post
Editor: Marc Langley
Assistant Editor: Spencer Shiffman
Executive Producer: Melissa Kahn

Post Production – Finishing
Transfer: Alter Ego
Colourist: Eric Whipp
Online: Fort York VFX
Flame Artist: Paul Binney
Assistant Flame Artist: Joe DiClemente

Audio Production
Audio Production Company: RMW Music
Producer: Mark Rajaković
Sound Designer/Engineer: Kyle Gudmundson
Executive Producer: Jeff Cohen​