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Another Gentleman’s Wager

Posted November 2, 2015

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A little bit of gratitude goes a long way in this second instalment of “Gentleman’s Wager” for Johnnie Walker Blue label, created by Anomaly and directed by Jake Scott of RSA.

The film reunites Jude Law and Giancarlo Giannini, this time over a wager for a vintage car and a race to Monaco. The films also features actress Zhao Wei and Formula 1 heroes Mika Häkkinen and Jenson Button appear in cameos. I think I like this one better than the first (posted below). Yep, I do. Take 11 mins out of your Monday to watch it.

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Smirnoff’s Road trip

Posted October 22, 2015

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This is funny stuff.

In the latest Exclusively for Everybody campaign for SMIRNOFF®, actors and comedians, T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley), journeyed an epic 3,098-miles from Los Angeles to New York Comic Con in “The Road Trip” to pitch a film idea starring superheroes that aren’t cut from the same Hollywood cloth.

Documenting the adventure, the SMIRNOFF® brand, in partnership with 72andSunny and Arts & Sciences director Matt Lenski, created a series of six broadcast and online films for “The Road Trip,” sharing how T.J. and Thomas learned about the quality of SMIRNOFF® vodka during stops along the way at a comedy club, farm-to-table restaurant, house party, and, finally, in a safe carpool ride.

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Posted September 25, 2015

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LEGS’ Geremy Jasper has teamed with iconic British clothing brand Belstaff to direct a surrealist film in the cinematic vein of Fellini and Sergio Leone. Outlaws, which stars David Beckham, Katherine Waterston, Cathy Moriarty and Harvey Keitel is a heart-thumping fever dream filled with danger, foreboding and romance.

Shot over six days in and around Mexico City, and based off of a screenplay written by Jasper two years ago, Outlaws is a classic story told in a new way. It combines black and white and colour cinematography to create a hypnagogic vision of the Mexican landscape during the early 1950’s, a strange setting populated by even stranger people, including peculiar circus performers, a blind tarot card-reading seer, motorcycle gangs and sugar skull sporting mariachi musicians.

Read more and see a behind-the-scenes video.

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The Country of Adventurers

Posted September 22, 2015

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Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation 
celebrates Canada – The Country of Adventurers – with a new television narratives. Survivorman Les Stroud tells the story of Dr. John Rae in first installment of the campaign that sees modern-day adventurers bring the past to life.

This fall, the HBC History Foundation, established by Canada’s iconic Hudson’s Bay Company, will launch a new series of historical narratives that tell the story of Canada’s adventurous past. The History Foundation, whose mission is to advance the knowledge of and interest in Canadian history, created the series to celebrate the remarkable achievements of some the nation’s greatest adventurers and explorers.

The first spot, which aired during Canada’s broadcast of the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, is posted above.

The campaign was created by Toronto-based Red Urban, directed by Untitled Films’ David Tennant, and edited by Mark Paiva at Saints Editorial. Special Effects were handled by Alter Ego, Toronto.

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Pete the Meat Puppet

Posted August 13, 2015

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Throwback Thursday to November 2008 and this piece of branded content for Diesel. “Pete the Meat Puppet” is a sing-a-long-tale from life in the fast lane. The film was created by NYC-based Legs, via Stockholm-based creative shop Farfar, and was part of a series of films launched on the brand’s website.


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Samsung Goes Surfing

Posted July 17, 2015

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In partnership with the World Surf League, Samsung Mobile has created this amazing surf tribute. The film, which features pro surfers Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina, and Malia Manuel, was created by 72andSunny Amsterdam and directed by Eliot Rausch of Stink.

Surf magazines and blogs are already putting it up for consideration as one of the best surf ads of all time.

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A Cup of Love

Posted July 16, 2015

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Today’s Throwback Thursday is this sweet 2003 Christmas spot for Japanese retailer Francfranc. “A Small Love Story About Alex and Juliet” was directed by the late great Nagi Noda. Oh how I miss her work.

Sorry about the poor quality – this was the best video file I could find.

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Choose Happy

Posted May 6, 2015

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Ah, happiness. Who doesn’t like being happy?! Koodo Mobile has launched its new brand platform and integrated campaign, “Choose Happy,” created by Toronto-based Camp Jefferson. It’s vibrant, fun and bursting with happiness. There’s so much to make you smile. In fact, I’ve watched the popsicle vid (above) about 5 times today. It puts big smile on my face.

The Canadian telco’s new direction stems from a key insight at the heart of the brand’s business: Koodo customers are happy. The new platform is currently being brought to life, colourfully and exuberantly, across a ton of touch points. Koodo worked with a diverse network of illustrators, animators, designers, artists and directors to create a massive convergence of eclectic, creative, inspirational content, akin to the creativity of the Internet, and geared towards making people happy. The content includes things like an animated loop of a robot slipping on a banana peel, images of smiling popsicles, and dogs that turn into bunnies. It’s often accompanied by cheerful observations, like “happiness is no hidden fees,” and “happiness is perfect parallel parking when everyone’s watching.”

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The Proposal

Posted February 11, 2015

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Ok, I generally find these Valentine’s proposal things cheesy – the new WestJet campaign made me say “ugh” out loud – painful. And it’s not because I’m bitter or jaded. Just the opposite really, as my partner recently “put a ring on it.” It comes down to how the act of the proposal is presented – in a not cheesy way – guys, please stop getting down on one knee, you look ridiculous. High production value and storyline go a long way (of course). Side note on WestJet – the “real” thing is slightly unbelievable with a 2 camera set-up.

Despite that this film for Cartier is slightly over 6 minutes long, it’s so engaging. Great stories, settings, performances and production value. Class all the way – as one would expect from the French and the jeweller.

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Sweet Dreams With Jeff Bridges

Posted January 30, 2015

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Here’s to Squarespace, the website and blog building provider, for creating an out of the-box Super Bowl experience.

The brand is running an ad on game day, but Squarespace’s Super Bowl ad is more than just a commercial starring Jeff Bridges. It’s part of a campaign that features a full length album by the star that is guaranteed to put you to sleep – in a good way.

The brand tapped actor Jeff Bridges to create the website DreamingWithJeff.com, where he has created a series of sleep tapes. Go to the music section on the site and listen to the calming creations such as Sleep. Dream. Wake Up., Hummmmmm, A Glass of Water, and Seeing With My Eyes Closed. Great stuff. There’s an extended how-to spot below.

To top off all this awesomeness, Squarespace is giving 100% all proceeds, which are pay what you like, to No Kid Hungry. There are also some fancy limited edition sets, including a debossed gold leaf pressed album cover featuring illustrations by Lou Beach. Album cover is also die cut – so when you pull the album lining out, the illustration’s eyes go to sleep. Amazing.

The campaign was created by W+K NY, Tim Godsall of Anonymous Content directed the spots, and they are edited by Geoff Hounsell, Arcade Edit. Great stuff.

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