Handbuilt by Robots – Collett Dickenson Pearce for Fiat Strada (1979)

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“A visual feast. For the audience in 1979 this was as close to sci-fi as you could get. It was like watching two minutes of the Star Wars movie – no one had seen anything like it before. The ad also makes it seem like lots of care has gone into building the cars.”

One evening in 1979, television viewers who hadn’t gone to the loo in the middle of News at Ten saw something very unusual, a commercial break completely taken up by one ad. It was a two-minute triumph showing a car being put together in a factory, and not a dirty blue overall in sight. The original idea for an ad to promote the new italian car was to use smoke coming out of the Vatican as a sign that a new car had been born. But at the drawing board, writer Paul Weiland remembered an item he had seen on the tv show Tomorrow’s World about the Fiat factory in Italy where cars were put together by robots. He tracked the footage down and decided it could form the basis of the new Fiat campaign. “In Europe the car was called the Ritmo, so I thought… what kind of music can I put with this?” recalls Weiland. “My knowledge of classical music was zilch but I remembered something called Figaro and thought: Figaro sounds like Ritmo! I put this music to it and everyone thought it was great…” If that part was easy, the filming of the commercial turned out to be a nightmare.

Ironically, when the production team led by the director Hugh Hudson arrived at the Fiat factory in Turin to shoot the film they had to run a gauntlet of pickets and burning tyres lit by workers protesting about robots taking their jobs. “When we arrived there, there was a strike, and we got locked in to the factory” recalls director Hugh Hudson. “We were locked in nobody operating, just someone to press the button. All the workers were out but we were in making the film…” “The commercial was quite expensive at that time, around 300.000 pounds” add Paul Weiland, “but they probably lost about seven million in production, because every two seconds we were having to stop the machines!”

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The finished ad had no voice over and ended on a simple caption “Handbuilt by Robots”. Many ad makers believe its intelligent combination of music and camerawork make it one of the best TV commercials ever shown in UK.

Advertising Agency: Collett Dickenson Pearce
Copywriter: Paul Weiland
Art Director: Dave Horry
Director: Hugh Hudson
Production company: Hudson Films

 


Thaivertising (15 best thai commercials ever)

Giffarine EQ-10 Skin Care –  Belly Button Face (2003)

Two sons try to get revenge on their mother’s plastic surgeon. He lited so much that her belly button is where her face should be. Family photos will never be the same again if only she had used Giffarine EQ-10 wrinkle cream.

Advertising Agency: BBDO Bangkok
Gold Lion

Soken –  Kill Bill Kill Bill/Tititititanic/X…X…X (2004)

This series show the problems when you play a DVD player. It then recommends a Soken DVD player instead. Kill Bill Kill Bill: the officer man talks to his colleague about the ‘Kill Bill’ DVD. When he is speaking, he is repeating himself again and again. Why? Because his DVD player doesn’t play smoothly. Tititititanic: the office girl talks to her friend at the elevator about the ‘Titanic’ DVD she saw yesterday. However, she isn’t speaking smoothly. Why? Because her DVD player can’t play smoothly either. X…X…X: the Junior Visualiser talks to his co-worker about a Japanese porn DVD. When he is speaking, he freezes up. Why? Because his DVD player is frozen.

Advertising Agency: Euro RSCG Flagship Bangkok
Gold Lion for the Campaign

Samart Ringtones –  Pole Dancing (2004)

In a train, there is a beautiful woman standing and holding a pole. When she bends down to fix her shoes, the “Cherry Pink” ring tone from another passengers mobile starts to ring. The office girl who is in the position of bending while holding the pole suddenly looks just like a stripper pole dancing. The power of ring tone.

Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand
Bronze Lion

Unif Green Tea –  Worms (2004)

A man and a worm clash over the best tea leaves at the top of a plant.

Advertising Agency: BBDO Bangkok
Gold Lion

Ford Ranger OpenCab –  King Kong (2005)

A giant kingkong hand snatches a banana-laden truck. Playfully the monkey mistreats the truck. The kingkong”s dad arrives, telling junior it’s lunchtime. Junior ignores dad and continues
playing. Dad picks up the car, tossing it away and smacks junior’s ear. Super : In a man’s world you have to be tough.

Advertising Agency: JWT Bangkok
Gold Lion

Krungthai Bank –  Headman Villager Lee (2005)

Having a huge piece of log. Pooyai Lee, a Headman Villager gave his idea to the villagers to produce something, starting with a boat, table set, and a cutting board, and all were failed. Until he was left with the idea to make a toothpick. The morale: “without a thoughful plan, any huge capital can be blown away.”

Advertising Agency: Y&R, Bangkok
Bronze Lion

Scotch –  Date (2005)

A couple are in a restaurant.The girl looks depressed. She tells her boyfriend not to work so hard. She asks if he has some time for her. He put his hand on hers. Suddenly he taps his finger on her hand and moves it around like a computer mouse. Super : Scotch. Antidote for workaholics.

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mother Bangkok
Bronze Lion

Bangkok Insurance –  Tyre/Twister/Robbery (2006)

Bangkok insurance wants to communicate the message “Maximum care” and we created a series of TVCs based on that. The idea is to show that the chance of being lucky in certain accidents or situations is less than 1%. The executions play with people being unbelievably lucky in perilous moments.

Advertising Agency: Creative Juice/G1 TBWA, Bangkok
Gold Lion for the Campaign

Baby Face Foam –  Love Story Campaign (2006)

Decades ago before DVDs, the classic Thai selling method was free outdoor cinema that sold a product during a show. We brought that back… We created “The Love Story” series of 4 episodes that not only sells but also pokes fun a conventional ‘Beauty’ commercials.  Airing schedule: prime time on the two most popular channels in Thailand every Friday, Saturday & Sunday starting from June 24th.

Advertising Agency: Jeh United Bangkok
Gold Lion for the Campaign

The Thai Olympic Fibre Cement –  Shakespearean Gecko (2007)

Sharing the fate of Romeo and Juliet, one lizard sacrifices his life to be with his lover because of the cracked ceiling problem.

Advertising Agency: Publicis Thailand
Silver Lion

Bangkok Life Assurance –  Salesman (2007)

Bangkok life assurance creates brand awareness by focusing on their unique selling point:their salesmen’s sincerity. Consumers normally are disgusted by salesmen but with Bangkok insurance this perception will totally change.

Advertising Agency: Creative Juice/G1 TBWA
Silver Lion for the Campaign

Sylvania Light Bulb –  Pic-Nic (2008)

“Nothing to be scared of if there is light. The light is your true friend”.
This is a story about being scared of the dark. During a picnic in the daytime, a father introduces various kinds of Thai ghosts to his son. He has fun getting to know them. Once the light was off, everything became scary.  After the launch, this television commercial became the “Talk of the town” and has been requested for download by consumers from many websites.

Advertising Agency: Jeh United Bangkok
Gold Lion

D7 Coffee –  Wake up Thailand! (2008)

D7 coffee TVC series were created by tying the functional benefit of coffee with controversial issues in Thailand. D7 coffee stimulates not only the body but also the morality of the person.

Advertising Agency: Creative Juice/G1 TBWA
Silver Lion

Muang Thai Life Insurance –  Bridge (2010)

Shows a family walking along when the father received a phone call from his doctor. He finds out that he has liver cancer. With the family distraught and worrying about how they will support themselves, Muang Thai offers them the assurance they need.

Advertising Agency: JWT Bangkok
Silver Lion

Thai Life Insurance –  Silence of Love (2012)

This commercial asks the audience to stop and think about the immense value of the care that fathers provide to their children and the sacrifices they make in the name of unconditional love. The story is told through the eyes of a teenage girl who feels alienated because of her inferiority complex due to her father’s deafness. She refuses to accept her father’s love and turns to other sources. When met with disappointment she decides to commit suicide. However, her father discovers her in time and does whatever it takes to keep his daughter alive. As she recovers at the hospital she finally comes to the realization that, even though her father is not perfect, his love for her is perfect and that it was herself who overlooked all his parental acts of love. It’s past time to care for those who have cared for you. Thai Life insurance. Caring for Thai lives.

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mother Bangkok
Bronze Lion

 


Happy New Year Ads

Happy New Year from BRUSSELS AIRLINES

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Happy New Year from DISCO SUPERMARKETS

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Happy New Year from DURACELL

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Happy New Year from DUREX

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Happy New Year from TMB (Metro de Barcelona)

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Happy New Year from ALKA SELTZER

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Happy New Year from AUDI

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Happy New Year from AXE

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Happy New Year from BARILLA

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Happy New Year from YES Tablet

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Happy New Year from MIKADO

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Happy New Year from HONDA

 

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Happy New Year from BMW

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Happy New Year from O.B.

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180 Amsterdam for BMW Motorrad – Unstoppable GPS Drawing

“Advertising’s always been about using entertainment to push a product and nowadays there are so many more channels to engage with people” – Andy Fackrell, Executive Creative Director 180 Amsterdam

UNSTOPPABLE was created in 2008 by 180 Amsterdam to advertise BMW Motorrad motorcycles. The campaign emphasized the GPS device on the bikes by encouraging riders to use it to create “drawing” via the Google Maps website. Instructions for taking part were given on a website, which explained how users could begin by mapping out their drawings on the site.

Coordinates were then supplied, which, when trasfewrred to the bike’s GPS device, would instruct participants where to drive in order to create their drawing o the map. The website also offered a section where users could upload their journeys, photographs and film to share with others.

TV Campaign

One of four films from BMW’s new campaign about GPS drawing. See the rider write ‘unstoppable’ on a map of Montevideo, Uruguay. Featuring motorcycle globe rider Sebastian Klein and the new BMW F650GS

One of four films from BMW’s new campaign about GPS drawing. See the rider draw a sailboat in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay. Featuring professional motorcycle rider Dirk Thelen-Farber and the new BMW F800GS.

One of four films from BMW’s new campaign about GPS drawing. See the rider draw a bridge off-road north from Rocha, Uruguay. Featuring professional motorcycle rider Dirk Thelen-Farber and the new BMW F800GS

One of four films from BMW’s new campaign about GPS drawing. See the rider draw scissors on a map of Montevideo, Uruguay. Featuring motorcycle globe rider Sebastian Klein and the new BMW F650GS.


Mercedes-Benz – The Campaign Created By Nature

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has chosen an innovative approach to promoting the clean Euro 6 engine. The entire campaign is literally created by nature. That’s because it is vitally important that we switch to cleaner engines for the sake of nature. And who can convince you to switch better than nature itself. How have animals made the posters? Cut-outs of letters are put on canvas posters and then placed in nature so that rabbits, hedgehogs, boars and other animals can create the advertisements with their pawprints. They do this by leaving behind their muddy pawprints on the canvas posters. So this is how the cut-out letters are gradually filled in. The posters can be seen at car shows and in outdoor advertising together with a link to the making of.

Advertising Agency: N=5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art Director: Ed van Bennekom
Copywriter: Jasper Diks
Producer: Guy van der Hoop
Director: Danny van den Bersselaar
Production Company: Big Shot
Year: 2012


Lowe Roche for Pfaff Auto – The First Instant Direct Mail

With a camera, laptop, printer and Porsche, Lowe Roche created the first instant direct mail piece for Pfaff Auto, Toronto.

Usually, when someone sneaks up to a rich guy’s house and drives off with a Porsche, it’s a reason to call the police. This time, it might be a reason to call an auto dealership. In a clever spin on direct mail for Toronto’s Pfaff Automotive, Canadian agency Lowe Roche photographed one of the dealership’s Porsches in the driveways of affluent homes, then used each image to create an ad left at the home where it was shot. The headline: “It’s closer than you think.” The result, according to the agency’s case study video below, was a 32 percent response rate to a site where recipients could schedule a test drive. Direct mail is typically about hitting as many people as possible for as low a cost as possible, but this creative idea shows that for luxury brands, a smaller effort can sometimes go a long way.

Advertising Agency: Lowe Roche, Toronto, Canada
Creative Directors: Dave Douglass, Pete Breton
Art Director: JP Gravina
Copywriter: Simon Craig
Video Production: Motion Pantry
Director / Cameraman / Editor: Dean Vargas
Year: 2012


Dads in Ads: the evolution

SUBARU

Subaru got an Emmy nom for this 2010 ad featuring a dad giving driving tips to his baby girl.

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HANES

A father dipped his son’s feet in paste in a harebrained scheme to make form-fitting socks in this 2009 Hanes ad.

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JOHN HANCOCK

John Hancock’s mid’-80s spot featuring a dad and his newborn daughter was one of the decade’s great tearjerkers.

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SONY CYBERSHOT

Dad was literally a horse’s ass in this over-the-top 2007 Sony spot.

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VOLKSWAGEN POLO

A new wave of sensitive-dad ads includes this misty-eyed VW number: this TV ad for the Volkswagen Polo shows the evolving relationship of a protective father and his daughter, from the moment he first brings her home from the hospital to the day she finally leaves home, when he hands her the keys to a shiny new Polo — ensuring she “stays in safe hands”. You can trust the small but tough Volkswagen Polo to protect your loved ones and keep you.

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VERIZON

Dad goes overboard with the sprinkles in this cartoony 2009 Verizon ad.

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WEETABIX

Hands-on dads are all the rage, as seen in this 2012 spot from Weetabix.

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HUGGIES

Huggies revised it’s “Dad Test” campaign this year after fathers complained that it made them look foolish

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VERIZON

Verizon took heat in 2004 for a spot in which a father fails spectaculary at helping his daughter with her homework.

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GOOGLE CHROME

Google started airing this commercial before Father’s Day of last year. The  ad, called “Dear Sophie” follows a dad over the years as he creates a digital scrapbook for his daughter with Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, Google Maps and more.

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NINTENDO/The Legend od Zelda

The man who brought you one of our favorite dads, Mrs. Doubtfire, is at it again. This time, Robin Williams is playing opposite his real-life daughter, Zelda. It’s all too fitting that this father-daughter pair would be repping this installment in the Zelda series; after all, Williams named his daughter after the legendary warrior princess.

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AT&T

2011. This spot shows what’s possible with AT&T, the only network that lets your iPhone talk and surf at the same time. We open on a new dad clumsily trying to change his baby’s diaper. His friend calls and asks if he caught the game the night before; he immediately replies ‘yeah’, though it is obvious that he missed it. Not wanting to sound out of the loop, he uses his iPhone to pull up a video recap of the game. They talk football, with the dad able to watch highlights on his phone and talk them up to his friend at the same time. He seems to forget what he’s supposed to be doing when his wife enters and flashes him a look. He quickly hangs up and attempts to focus on the task at hand. The spot closes with the line, “Only AT&T’s network lets your iPhone talk and surf at the same time.”

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BGH Air Conditioners

2012. The campaign explains that, with the arrival of the Summer heat, comes the arrival of dads wearing nothing but briefs. This commercial offers a solution to this problem. Created by Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi for BGH air conditioners.

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ROCKSMITH UBISOFT

First, they walk. Then they talk. Evidently, the only thing left for a baby to learn is how to shred on Rocksmith. Was your dad cool enough to get you on a Fender in your onesie? Here’s a worthy addition to the pantheon of babies doing grown-up stuff in advertising—this Ubisoft video with a baby rocking out with the company’s Rocksmith videogame.

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McDONALD’S

2010. McDonald’s is launching its first television advertising campaign targeting gay men. The fast food giant’s commercial – with the slogan ‘Come as you are’ – is to be aired on television in France. It features a teenager sitting in a McDonald’s restaurant gazing at a photo of his gay lover in a class photo, then phoning to say he ‘misses him’. The youth’s father then returns to the table with a tray of burgers, and says: ‘It’s a shame you’re in an all boys college. You would have had all the girls chasing you.’ The gay son then gives a knowing smile as they tuck in to their fast food. McDonald’s said the ad was intended to show that it welcomed people from all walks of life. A YouTube version of the advert with subtitles has so far been viewed more than 220,000 times in countries including Britain and the U.S., where it has not been screened.

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L’EQUIPE

In the bathroom, a woman is teaching her son how to shave property, as a father would while he is watching L’Equipe TV.

Men like sport. And as L’Equipe is like a bible for people who are found of sport, a man can spend unknown is in his room as he doesn’t recognise his father when this one is not reading L’Equipe..


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