Saatchi & Saatchi has launched a new campaign to raise the profile of increasing homelessness in major cities across Europe.
Called ‘Days of Hope’, the idea originates from Saatchi & Saatchi Berlin and focuses on the impact the cold January weather has on the many homeless people in Europe. Real people living on the streets are invited to a TV studio to present the weather in place of the regular weather-readers. When presenting the weather, the homeless person will allow the audience to take a closer look at their daily lives and make a request for donations to the charity.
The Saatchi & Saatchi Network collaborated to make this happen across many countries. The office in each participating country partnered with a charity that helps those living on the streets and persuaded a TV station to take part in the campaign.
Already launched in Romania and Russia, the campaign is being rolled out for Diakonie Frankfurt across Germany within the next few weeks. Switzerland will launch this week with Poland anticipated too. In Romania, the charity Samusocial is supported by Prima TV, in Russia, Spravedlivaya Pomosch is supported by TV Rain, in Serbia, Shelter is supported by TV Pvra, in Switzerland, SPS (Sozialwerke Pfarrer Sieber) is supported by TV Züri, in Poland, PCK (Polski Czerwony Krzyż) is supported by TVP INFO.
Oliver Kapusta, ECD of Saatchi & Saatchi Berlin, and creator of the idea said: “This idea is an excellent example of the power of creativity and of how the Saatchi & Saatchi family take an idea and makes it big across all borders. Originally created as a radio spot in Germany, ‘Days of Hope’ now takes place during primetime in potentially 5 countries. Who else is capable of this?”
John Pallant, Saatchi & Saatchi Regional Creative Director EMEA said: “This is a very simple, but surprising idea, which we are expecting to get a lot of attention, stimulate conversations around this important issue, and most important of all, increase donations.”
“Dumb Ways to Die”, is an integrated advertising campaign designed to curb the number of train-related deaths in Victoria. The campaign is centred around a three-minute animated music video, highlighting the many dumb ways there are to die, with being hit by a train – a very preventable death – among them. The video and iTunes single are accessible online at DumbWaysToDie.com, with animated gifs being released on Tumblr, on radio, in posters on small and large space outdoor and throughout the Metro Trains network, with the lyrics to the song on the art work.
The Idea: Safety PSAs are gloomy and tedious and largely ignored by young people hardwired to resist them—except when they’re irresistibly fun and impossible not to share with friends. McCann Australia managed just such an evolution of the genre with “Dumb Ways to Die” its animated train-safety spot for the Melbourne Metro. The three-minute music video shows adorable blobs making the stupidest decisions ever—messing with animals, sticking forks in toasters, eating superglue, etc.—leading to all sorts of gruesome, fatal accidents. The dumbest way to die, the ad suggests at the end, is by being careless around trains. “The idea for a song started from a very simple premise: What if we disguised a worthy safety message inside something that didn’t feel at all like a safety message?” said McCann executive creative director John Mescall. “So we thought about what the complete opposite of a serious safety message would be and came to the conclusion it was an insanely happy and cute song.” With more than 30 million YouTube views, it seems happy, cute and grisly was the way to go.
The Song: The song begins, “Set fire to your hair/Poke a stick at a grizzly bear/Eat medicine that’s out of date/Use your private parts as piranha bait,” before the chorus repeats the two lines, “Dumb ways to die/So many dumb ways to die.” Mescall wrote most of the lyrics in one night at the agency. “It then took a few weeks of finessing,” he said, “getting rid of a few lines that weren’t funny enough and replacing them with new ones.” The line “Sell both your kidneys on the Internet” was a late inclusion. “I’m glad it’s there. It’s my favorite,” he said.
Australian musician Ollie McGill from the band The Cat Empire wrote the music. “We basically gave him the lyrics and told him to set it to the catchiest nonadvertising type music he could,” said Mescall. McGill delivered something almost unbearably catchy. “The melody is easy to remember and sing along to, the lyrics are fun, bite-sized chunks of naughtiness, and the vocals have just the right amount of knowing innocence,” Mescall said. “It’s a song that you want to hate for living in your head, but you can’t bring yourself to hate it because it’s also so bloody likable.” The singer is Emily Lubitz of another Australian band, Tinpan Orange. (The song is credited to Tangerine Kitty, which is a mashup of the two band names.) “Emily brought a great combination of innocence, playfulness and vocal integrity,” Mescall said. “She brings a level of vocal quality you don’t normally get on a video about cartoon death.”
The Art Direction: Australian designer Julian Frost did the animation. “We gave him the most open brief we could: Just make it really funny and really awesome and do it to please yourself,” said Mescall. The visual reference points ranged from Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies to Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” (which showed men singing while being crucified) to “any number of hokey indie music-video flash mobs you see on YouTube,” said Mescall.
“Julian was keen to contrast the extreme situations described in the lyrics with the simplest animation possible. Otherwise it would become just too much.” After the spot blew up online, Frost wrote on his website: “Well, the Internet likes dead things waaay more than I expected. Hooray, my childish sense of humor pays off at last.”
The spot lives online, in short bursts on music TV, and may reach cinemas. The campaign is also running in radio, print and outdoor. The song is on iTunes, where it reached the top 10. The agency is also producing a book as well as a smartphone game that should be ready by Christmas.
Advertising Agency: McCann, Melbourne
Executive Creative Director: John Mescall
Creative Team: John Mescall, Pat Baron
Animation: Julian Frost
Digital Team: Huey Groves, Christian Stocker
Agency Leo Burnett did some research and found that anti-drink-driving advertising based around crashing and injury was no longer likely to effect the target demographic of young male drivers who don’t believe that driving after drinking a couple of beers is dangerous. The agency found that low-consumption male drink-drivers were more likely to be deterred by personal consequences of a drink-driving conviction.
The idea of this campaign was to play against the seasonal jollity of the Christmas period and to dramatize the experience of isolation, regret and stigmatization brought about by a drink-driving conviction. In December 2007 a real-life convicted drink-driver agreed to be placed inside a specially constructed upturned pint glass. He was thus trapped by his seemingly innocuous decision to get behind the wheel after having one pint too many. The subject was interviewed by national press and broadcast media in Paddington Station as he explained how being convicted of a drink-driving offence had ruined his life: he had lost his job, his girlfriend, his car and a lot of money. An actor then took over the role of the drink-driver up and down the country at locations specially chosen for their proximity to public car parks and areas with a high concentration of pubs and bars (particulary those used by football fans).
The campaign is thought to have contributed to a drop of 20% in breath test failures during the pre-Christmas period of 2007.
Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett London
Creative Directors: Tony Malcom, Guy Moore
Creatives: Phillip Deacon, Bertie Scrase
25 Advertising Ideas for 25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenPosted: November 26, 2012 | |
01 - Amnesty International
02 – BaF (Bundesverband autonomer Frauennotrufe)
03 – United Colors of Benetton
04 – Domestic Violence Vigilance (USA)
05 – Aware Helpline Singapore
06 – APAV (Victim Suport)
07 – Refuge.org.uk
08 – APAV (Victim Support)
09 – Florencia (Service for abused women)
10 – Citizens Against Spouse Abuse
11 – Amnesty International
12 – Amnesty International
13 – Women’s Aid Organisation
14 – The Youth, Women, Children and Family Chamber (Panama)
15 – Amnesty International
16 - Amnesty International
17 - Amnesty International
18 - NO (Combat Violence Against Women Helpline)
20 - Associazione Donne Insieme contro la Violenza
21 – Ni Puter Ni Soumises
22 - Mar’A (Against Domestic Violence)
23 - Amnesty International
24 - Solidaritè Femmes
25 - NSW (Women’s Refuge Movement)
United Colors of Benetton has launched “Unemployee of the Year”, a a contest created for young people all over the world, aiming to award 100 projects proposed and voted by the online community. The project, promoted by the UNHATE Foundation, aims to spread a positive message of hope and celebrate young people’s ingenuity, creativity, and their ability to create new smart ways of addressing the problem of unemployment.
For decades, Benetton, the Italian apparel retailer, has been known for provocative advertising that attracts publicity by stirring up discussion of contentious topics like politics, religion and the treatment of AIDS patients. For almost as long, critics have dismissed the ads as exploitative because they do not offer solutions to the problems or assistance to the causes that could use financial help.
Now, however, Benetton is going to put some money where its mouth is — 500,000 euros, to be exact, or about $650,000. A campaign that begins on Tuesday for the United Colors of Benetton brand, and is devoted to the problem of youth unemployment, includes a contest to find worthwhile projects suggested by unemployed young people, who will receive financing from a Benetton foundation.
Information about the contest, called Unemployee of the Year, will be available at unhatefoundation.org, the Web site of the Unhate Foundation, which is named after a campaign carrying the theme of “unhate” that Benetton ran last year.
The contest will be open to unemployed people, ages 18 to 30. They are being asked to submit to the Web site ideas for projects — nonprofit or not — that would improve lives in their communities. Visitors who register at the site will vote on their favorite proposals, and the Unhate Foundation will give the people behind 100 winning projects 5,000 euros each, totaling 500,000 euros. The money to be awarded the winners is a small sum compared with the estimated budget for the Unemployee of the Year campaign, which is 20 million euros, or about $26.2 million. But it is a major commitment compared with what Benetton has spent until now on the issues addressed by its ads.
The goal is “a new generation of Benetton, a Benetton 2.0,” Alessandro Benetton, who in April became chairman of the Benetton Group, said in a phone interview last week. The difference now is that when Benetton seeks to “talk about contemporary social issues,” Mr. Benetton said, the campaign “needs to have a practical response to the problems we’re raising. Not by ourselves are we going to change the world,” he added. “But we want to set an example.” Mr. Benetton said he hoped people would be surprised to see the company spending money to promote “values in which we believe. And I hope it’s something many other companies are doing,” he added.
The campaign is being created by Fabrica, the internal Benetton agency, in collaboration with the Amsterdam office of 72andSunny, an agency owned by MDC Partners.
The campaign includes a commercial in which young people in countries around the world are shown trying hard to find jobs. Some take part in a demonstration, holding banners with uplifting messages like “Dignity.”
“That is meant to counter the widespread complaints directed at jobless youth” Mr. Benetton said, “charging them with being “lazy” or being “anarchists,” or that it is somehow “their own fault” they are unemployed.”
There are also print ads in the campaign, which present portrait-style photographs of well-dressed unemployed young men and women. The subjects of the print ads are identified with phrases like “Angel, 29, non-industrial engineer from Spain,” “Valentina, 30, non-lawyer from Italy” and “Eno, 28, non-actor from the U.S.”
Advertising Agency: Fabrica/72andSunny
1 – YEO VALLEY ORGANIC – Boyband
In a follow-up to last year’s rapping farmers ad, Yeo Valley launched a tv spot during the first ad break of The X Factor live show. The one-off, two-minute music video features a farming-inspired boy band called The Churned, singing a ballad entitled Forever. The ad was shot on location in Blagdon, in the heart of rural Somerset. The launch tied in with a Facebook karaoke competition, where users could sing along to the Yeo Valley track. The winner appeared in a 30-second version of the ad, which ran during the X Factor final on 11 December.
Advertising Agency: BBH London
2 – CARLTON DRAUGHT – Big Ad
An epic send-up of big budget ads, featuring a cast of thousands. Song lyrics: “It’s a big ad / very big ad/ it’s a big ad we’re in./ It’s a big ad/ my God it’s big/ can’t believe how big it is/ it’s a big ad for Carlton Draught / It’s just so freaking huge! / It’s a big ad/ expensive ad! / This ad better sell some bloooooody beer!!!
Advertising Agency: George Patterson Y&R, Melbourne
3 – PUMA – Hardchorus
We open on a small group of hardcore soccer fans, also known as hooligans, standing in a classic British pub. Suddenly, one of them starts singing the first words of “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden. Another hooligan joins in, and as the camera pulls out, we see that the whole pub is packed with hooligans. They all sing together with the power of an entire stadium of fans during a soccer game, turning the cheesy love song into something big, beautiful and romantic. After the last chorus, a super appears: “It’s match day. It’s Valentine’s Day. Let your better half know how you feel. Dedicate and send this song at pumahardchorus.com”. Followed by Puma’s “Love = football” next to the Puma logo.
Advertising Agency: Droga5
Gold Lion for the Campaign
4 – NORTE BEER – It’s Good to Have Friends
Beer means friendship, and this campaings presents in funny way the different kind of friends we all have.
Advertising Agency: Del Campo/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi, Buenos Aires
Silver Lion for the Campaign
5 – T-MOBILE – Welcome Back
On October 27th 2010, thousands of unsuspecting passengers arriving at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 were given a welcome home to remember. People were greeted by a 300 strong choir and vocal orchestra singing a medley of songs, completely a cappella, to welcome them back into the country.
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Satchi, London
6 – COCA-COLA – Hilltop
Advertising Agency: McCann Erikson
7 – HEINEKEN – Singer
A blues singer can’t sing the blues – his life is too contented. A sip of lager soon changes that. Heineken refreshes his blueness.
Advertising Agency: Lowe Haward- Spink, UK
8 – HONDA – Impossible Dream
A man travels on an incredible journey using some of Honda’s landmark products whilst miming to the Andy Williams song ‘The Impossible Dream’. His journey comes to an abrupt end when he leaps off a giant waterfall in a Honda Powerboat into the mist below. Surely, this is the end of his dream? However as Andy Williams reaches the crescendo of the song, our hero returns in a Honda Hot Air Balloon to finish off the song in style. Garrison Keillor – the voice of Honda – sums it all up with ‘I couldn’t have put it better myself’.
Advertising Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, London
9 – COCA-COLA – Choir
Here’s Coca-Cola celebrating along with Santo its 125th year, and once again, we are guilty of naivety. We believe that, even today, the world is not far from the world that we dream of. In fact we are so naïve about thinking this way, that we decided to carry out an investigation to evaluate just how justified our reasons to believe in a better world were. We are proud to present to you “Choir”, created by Santo for Coca-Cola Latin America and their new communications platform: “REASONS TO BELIEVE IN A BETTER WORLD”.
Advertising Agency: Santo, Buenos Aires
10 – T-MOBILE – Singalong
When T-Mobile invited the British public to be part of their next event, people turned up to Trafalgar Square, not knowing what they were letting themselves in for. Thousands of microphones were handed out as it was revealed they’d all be singing karaoke together. After a number of songs, and with a surprise guest appearance from Pink, the event culminated with everyone singing the timeless classic, ‘Hey Jude’
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Satchi, London
11 – NIKE FREE RUN – I Would Run to You
Love makes people do crazy things. Like run across the country. See how strong running reunites a long distance couple.
Advertising Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland
12 – NIKE – Pretty
As Maria Sharapova marches to her tennis match, she passes people who sing I Feel Pretty. She slams a ball cross to court, putting an end to the singing.
Advertising Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland
13 – BASF – Dear John
The ad, set in army camp, features a soldier receiving a letter which goes to the tune of “Dear John”, the country song written by Lewis Talley, Fuzzy Owen and Billy Barton and made popular by Jean Shepard during the Korean war. As the song finishes the sergeant adapts the classic line from Humphrey Bogart, “Play it again John”.
Advertising Agency: Colenso BBDO, NZ
14 – REXONA – Sensitive Armpits
A tough lumberjack is chopping down a tree. As he rearranges his cap, we notice at the same time he does that his underarm begins to song a sweet song. The corny melody is really annoying him. At this point, we see different cliché images of rough and tough men all undergoing the same situation. Finally, one of them applies the New Rexona Men Sensitive and succeeds in shutting up the underarm voice. A male voice in off says: New Rexona Men Sensitive. Even the most insensitive guy can have sensitive underarms.
Advertising Agency: Ponce Buenos Aires
15 – STARBUCKS – Glen
Glen jumpstarts his day by drinking a Starbucks DoubleShot. As he opens the can, Survivor appears in his apartment. They follow Glen through his full morning routine, singing a personalized version of “Eye of the Tiger.”
Advertising Agency: Fallon, New York
16 – GOOGLE – Demo Slam: Realtime Karaoke
Google is more than just a search bar. However, most of us don’t use, let alone, are aware of its many features. We needed to find a way to share all this free technology with the world. To educate everyone about all of Google’s innovations; we decided to change the way people learnt about it. We got precisely the people who didn’t use this free tech, to explain to the others why they should. Because, only they would be able to explain it in a way that would be fun to watch, and understood by all. By bringing in just a little bit of courage, creativity and fun; each of them pushed the role of technology in our lives and inspired the rest to use it in ways never imagined before.
Transforming something few were aware of to something the whole world cared about; we were able to re-define the role of technology in everyone’s life. From celebrities, scientists, soccer moms, teens to even sports personalities; everyone came forward to find new ways in which technology could make their world a little better.
Advertising Agency: Johannes Leonardo, NY
Gold Lion for the Campaign
17 – DISCOVERY CHANNEL – I Love the World
We developed a new brand idea for Discovery Channel: Discovery is the
World’s Biggest Fan of the World. We wanted to celebrate all that is epic, beautiful, inspiring, fun and just plain crazy in the world. Fellow fans—from spacewalking Astronauts to Alaskan fishermen to Zulu warriors to Stephen Hawking to Discovery hosts like Mike Rowe and Bear Grylls—sing along to an old campfire song re-written to express how each of them loves the world. In other words, to tell people why Discovery Channel thinks “The World is Just Awesome.”
Advertising Agency: 72ndSunny, USA
18 – MATCH.COM – Piano
This is a film for the online dating service, Match.com, which features a couple finding each other as they examine musical instruments. He strums a guitar and she plays a keyboard. Together they make beautiful music, and it’s clearly the start of something special.
Advertising Agency: Mother, London
19 – WILKINSON – Mow the Lawn
Girls in a front yard sing about mowing the lawn in order to promote Wilkinson/Schick Quattro razors for women.
Advertising Agency: JWT, New York
20 – AMERICAN LEGACY FOUNDATION/TRUTH – Singing Cowboy
We saddled up a horse, found a modern day cowboy that happened to have a hole in his neck due to a tobacco-related laryngectomy, and sent him to Manhattan to sing.
Advertising Agency: Arnold/Crispin Porter + Bogusky, USA
21 – ARNET BROABAND – Numa Numa
The ad shows some of the funny stuff you can find on the Internet.
Advertising Agency: Santo, Buenos Aires
22 – EVIAN – Voices
A man in a lift, a jogger, a secretary by the photocopier, a man in his car, an elderly lady…in all these scenes from everyday life, we see people singing with their childish voices.
Advertising Agency: BETC Euro RSCG, Paris
23 – NIKE WOMEN – Surgery
A group of women run away from a plastic surgery clinic dancing a choreography to a reggaetón tune.
Advertising Agency: Madre, Buenos Aires
24 – DIESEL – Anthem
Sing-a -ong Diesel Island national anthem. Why is your country fucked up?
Advertising Agency: Santo, Buenos Aires
Silver Lion for the Campaign
25 – PROCTER & GAMBLE – You’ll Never Walk Alone
This 60-second commercial shows a lifetime of moms by their children’s sides doing the daily, sometimes mundane, things that help their children grow up to be Olympians. All the while, they sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel. The ad builds from a child’s birth and culminates with the Olympics and a proud mom seeing all her hard work pay off. We then cut to a card that says, “Thank you, Mom,” followed by a series of product brand images that ends on the P&G logo with the voice-over, “P&G. Proud sponsor of Moms.”
Advertising Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland
Bronze Lion for the Campaign
26 – BURGER KING – Americas Favorite/More Mayo/More Cheese
Introducing the Whopperettes.
The Whopperettes return with a story about extra cheese.
The Whopperettes return with a story about mayo.
Advertising Agency: Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Silver Lion for the Campaign
27 – CADBURY DAIRY MILK – Night Runner
Fallon and Cadbury keep Great Britain pumped for the Olympics with a new spot that re-creates “The Final Countdown” — but adds multiple voices singing from the towers and buildings while a runner makes his way, presumably, to the Olympic Gold. An accompanying interactive feature encourages Britons to upload videos of them singing similarly inspirational songs to help team GB to victory.
Advertising Agency: Fallon London
28 – LOTTO LOTTERY – Ballroom Blitz
A taxi driver refuses to let passengers into his cab. Instead, he walks over to the queue and starts to sing for them. The man who joins in is chosen as the lucky passenger.
Advertising Agency: New Deal DDB, Norway
29 – CADBURY DAIRY MILK – Simply the Best
Part of Cadbury’s “Keep Team GB Pumped” campaign for London 2012 Olympics, swimmer Rebecca Adlington is serenaded by royal guards, dinner ladies and butchers with Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best.”
Advertising Agency: Hypernaked, London
30 – AMP ENERGY DRINK – Walk of no Shame
AMP wanted to introduce three new products with specific energy functions, designed to help our target, people who live their lives to the fullest. We also needed to increase brand awareness and embed ourselves into their daily life. We wanted to be the most relevant, unlike our hyper-masculine energy competitors. “Walk of No Shame” was an ode to the infamous walk that young people take “the night after” going out. With the look and sound of a mini-musical, AMP showed how one can take a “walk of no shame” as it gets you back on your feet.
Advertising Agency: BBDO New York
31 – LABATT BLUE BEER – Big Song
A young man tries to make up to his girlfriend by singing her a song around a campfire – “Out of the Blue”, and it turns into a huge sing-a-long.
Advertising Agency: Ammirati Puris, Canada
32 – PEPSI – Pepsi Generation
Advertising Agency: BBDO, USA
People with Down Syndrome can be part of society and actively contribute to its development. The Coordown organization campaigns for the integration of people with Down Syndrome in society and, in particular, the work enviroment. On the 21st of March, on World Down Syndrome Day, we promoted this in an exceptional way.
“We are very proud to participate in this project. We were struck by the innovative style of this project, communicating the importance and the normality of diversity through the tool that permeates our daily lives and that captures our attention in every moment of the day: advertising. We are proud to contribute to the dissemination of this message, which contains the values central to the Toyota philosophy which always put the person first, clients on one side and the employees on the other side, as a vital resource. People with their talent and passion, variety and diversity that make our company a great company.” - Lorenzo Matthias – Public Relations General Manager at Toyota Motor Italy.
On that day, alternative versions of the commercials of some of the most well known national and international brands (Illy Coffee, Averna Liqueur, Cartasi Credit card, Toyota, Pampers) were broadcast on tv. During filming, we had shot alternative scenes in which the original actor was substituted by an actor with Down Syndrome. These alternative versions appeared 334 times that day.
The same happened with print campaigns (by Enel, Carrefour, Toyota) scheduled on the main national Italian newspapers.
And in the same vein, on the 21st of March, people with Down Syndrome appeared in some of the most famous Italian television programmes, replacing the usual stars.
The operation attracted the attention of all the national media, including tv, newspapers, magazines, radios, social media and blogs and, on the following days it opened a debate all around the country.
We generated the equivalent of nearly 5 ½ Million euros worth of coverage and we reached around 18 million people, a third of the italian population. And, most important of all, in the week following the communication event, enquiries to CoorDown from companies interested in integrating people with Downs Syndrome into their organizations went up 600%.
“We are proud of taking part in such an innovative communication event, because we firmly believe in it – declared Sergio Silvestre, CoorDown National Coordinator. We are thankful to Saatchi & Saatchi and to all the other partners for the precious help and the sensitiveness they showed. Regarding the theme of inclusion, unfortunately there is still a lot to do, especially in workplaces and schools, starting from people’s prejudices. The winning idea is sending normality as a message. People with Down syndrome have the right to express their capability and to have the same opportunity as anybody else. But too often they are considered different and incapable of having an independent lifestyle. This campaign is an exceptional example, and we hope it will be the example to follow, every day.”
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Italy
Executive Creative Director: Agostino Toscana
Creative Directors: Agostino Toscana, Alessandro Orlandi, Luca Lorenzini, Luca Pannese
Art Director: Luca Pannese
Copywriter: Luca Lorenzini
Supporting Creative Team: Antonio Gigliotti, Micaela Trani, Nico Marchesi, Riccardo Catagnano, Davide Vismara, Sonia Cosentino, Anselmo Tumpic, Elena Cicala, Fabio D’alessandro, Manuel Musilli, Antonio Di Battista, Tommaso Zago, Eliana Frosali, Antonio Tardio, Daniele Barone, Emanuele Quadri, Giulio Frittaion, Marco Dispenza, Massimo Paternoster, Alberta Schiatti, Raffaele Bellezza
Production Company: Akita, Made, Mercurio, Catsound, Sing Sing, Networks, Castadiva Pictures, Myavalon, Band, Top Digital, Disc 2 Disc, Flippermusic
Directors: Luca Maroni, Bosi e Sironi, Nadia De Paoli, Xavier Mairesse, Jose Pratt, Leone Pompucci,
Photographers: Davide Bodini, Mecanique Generale, Matteo Cremonini, Platinum, Boudwjin Smit, Lorenzo Scolari,
Post Production: Balalò, Rebelicon, Matteo Tranchellini
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
Stolenchildwood.net (against sexual abuse of children)
Olay (anti-ageing cream)
Santa Cruz Zoo
Benedict Language School
Suncream for kids
La Vache Qui Rit (mini cheese)
Lucky Dog (pencil)
Winston Tennis Racquets
Istituto Movere (against child obesity)
On October 10 2010, the fourth European Day Against the Death Penalty, Amnesty International France launched a commercial to mobilise support amongst decision-makers and the general public for its campaign against the death penalty.
The film, created for Amnesty International France by advertising agency TBWA Paris, used life-like wax figures to depict four different methods of execution: firing squad, hanging, beheading and the electric chair. In each scenario, the wax figures melt then crumple – powerfully illustrating the campaign’s strap line: ‘Death to the Death Penalty’.
In a chiaroscuro mood, a firing squad is pointing guns to a prisoner. Characters made out candle wax start to melt down. Then, a hangman is just about to knock down the stool of the prisoner but the rope of the Gallows starts melting down and the scene dissolves. The sword of an executioner and the executioner himself melt down. And eventually, an electric chair meets the same fate. As a reveal, the sentence shaped in candle wax “Death to the death penalty” followed by the very own Amnesty candle logo explain us that Amnesty has put a death spell on the death penalty, that it’s own flame is burning down executioners.
French broadcasters agreed to show the ad at no cost to Amnesty International during an initial run of 30 ad slots. The commercial was then shown in independent cinemas across France for a further four weeks and the creative idea featuring wax figures was also used in accompanying print ads - including posters in Paris – and also direct mail.
The ‘Death to the Death Penalty’ campaign generated significant media coverage and interest both in France and further afield. The commercial was viewed more than 400,000 times online with 30,000 views via the Amnesty International France web site. The advertising has since been used by Amnesty international in more than a dozen other countries – an unusual step as the organisation usually commissions then implements its marketing campaigns locally, market by market.
“We were amazed that support for the work among Amnesty International activists was unanimous – which for us is extremely rare,” says Sylvie Haurat, Communications Director of Amnesty International France.
Although 96 countries have formally abolished it and many more have not used it in years, 58 nations still actively practice the death penalty. Campaigns for all countries to end capital punishment are ongoing, however, and at a General Assembly meeting in November 2010 the United Nations renewed its call for a moratorium on the death penalty. Ahead of this Amnesty International France, part of global human rights organisation Amnesty International, decided to run a publicity campaign about the issue. France was one of the first countries to formally abolish the death penalty. Amnesty International France wanted to remind the French public that 58 countries were yet to follow their country’s lead, and it hoped France would step up its influence to persuade governments yet to abolish the death penalty to do so.
Amnesty International France is one of 72 national ‘sections’ of Amnesty International, the organisation that campaigns for internationally-recognised human rights for all. Typically, it runs campaigns around three or four different human rights-related issues each year with advertising created and then implemented locally, market by market. Budgets are always very tight so much if not all of the creative development and production work involved is done for free with media space either provided pro bono or at a reduced cost.
“We are very demanding client,” Sylvie Haurat says. “Not only do we have very little budget, we are extremely demanding when it comes to our concerns about ethics. And with the cross section of activists working for us, who all have strong opinions, it can be difficult to find campaign ideas on which everyone can agree.”
In early 2009 Amnesty International France approached TBWA-Paris to develop the death penalty campaign. The organisation had worked with the agency for almost a decade on an ad hoc basis – a relationship that had already produced a number of highly successful campaigns – and the brief was clear.
“Amnesty International already has a worldwide initiative called ‘Count Down for a World Free from Capital Punishment’,” explains Anne-Laure Brunner, TBWA-Paris’ Account Director and Director of New Business. “They gave us the historical background and the Count Down context. They made it clear we needed to mobilise support and to do so by being positive about how close they now are to realising their goal. And they told us to make sure that nothing we produced was directly critical of any particular, individual country.”
A significant feature of the brief – and the TBWA-Paris creative team’s starting point – was how different the death penalty brief was to others for previous Amnesty International campaigns. Unlike most of the other issues Amnesty International campaigns on, the death penalty is a fight that’s close to being won. Because of this, Amnesty International France wanted to do something different to most of our other campaigns – to be more positive. “It was about raising awareness,” says Sylvie Haurat. “And we wanted it to be a message that would appeal to everyone.”
The agency team’s initial discussions focused on different ways to present the death penalty as outdated and irrelevant – building on insight into the varied and often conflicting ways in which it is used in different countries, and the fact that there is little evidence to suggest capital punishment effectively dissuades others from repeating the same crime. The creative team were concerned that imagery such as an electric chair overgrown by nature might lack impact, however. Attention then turned to Amnesty International’s logo, which features the image of a candle signifying hope out of darkness. Their idea was to use figures of executioners made of wax melting.
“The thought of using wax figures came to us quite quickly because the Amnesty International logo stands for light and hope, and because the melting wax would simply show the time was right to make the death penalty simply melt away,” says TBWA-Paris Art Director Philippe Taroux. “We felt this was a positive way to get the message across – with only a final push in the campaign needed to bring it to its end, it was important to be engaging rather than shocking which people might have felt was alienating.”
Though the creative solution was found early executing it would take almost another 18 months, however. “If you don’t have the money to spend you need time,” Taroux adds. “We began by researching how we could film melting, life-size figures for TV. We approached production collective Pleix who we have worked with many times before to see if we could build and film the figures for real then melt them in post-production. But then we realised how difficult it would be to shoot what we wanted for real.”
Early tests showed it would be too difficult to film melting wax without it looking like stop-motion animation. The logistics involved combined with the limited budget available, meanwhile, meant a more cost effective way to do it was needed that look as realistic as shooting it for real.
“We then began working with post-production company Digital District to find a way to create figures using CG that looked life-size and realistic that we could then melt convincingly,” Taroux continues. “It was really hard as nothing like this had been done before and only in the last week could we be sure what we had was good enough. We ended up pushing the software to the limit on what turned out to be one of the most complicated ads I’ve ever done.”
So, the figures were sculpted in CG then melted using special software. Facial scans were also used to create extra details on the faces. An important balancing act, however, was ensuring that while realistic the figures did not too closely resemble any particular nationality, Brunner points out: “While we wanted the executioners to be realistic they couldn’t look too like one nationality.”
Creating the texture of the wax was relatively easy compared to simulating realistic melting. CG software is highly effective for quick water splashes but less suitable for melting more viscous substances very slowly. “Everything had to be really precise – which is always the case to get the best out of 3D,” Taroux adds. “We drew lot of storyboards to know exactly what we wanted in each shot working closely with the director. We then focused closely on the special effects. Editing was about making sure each of the four ‘stories’ had equal weight.”
Music choice was another important consideration. “The images were critical, but as important was creating the right ‘climate’ through the sound to provide an emotional dimension,” Taroux explains. The track eventually chosen after months of research was a stirring piece of music called ‘Everyday’ by Carly Comando. “We did not want anything that would over-dramatise the subject. The music was chose had to keep the human dimension – to be stirring and hopeful.”
Amnesty International France was closely involved throughout the extended development and production process.
“This meant a number of lengthy discussions among our executive committee – about the storyboards, for example,” says Sylvie Haurat. “Because one scene they suggested would show an executioner’s face melting. We had lots of discussions about the ethics of whether Amnesty International could be seen to melt an executioner. This might seem bizarre to an outsider but as I say, we are very demanding. But the idea was strong. And the scene with the melting face is still there.”
The finished film featured four different vignettes, each depicting a different form of execution: beheading by sword, a practice still used in some Middle East countries; firing squad, still used in China; hanging, used in parts of Asia; and electrocution, practise still used in parts of the US. Each vignette was carefully lit and shot against a simple black background with the audience’s viewpoint guided around the different figures and their equipment as the wax models began to melt.
Though the commercial took almost 18 months to produce the client was closely involved throughout the project. “We have a close relationship and so a strong degree of trust,” says Brunner. “There was much talking around the brief and first concepts as nothing had been done like this before. Then there was more talking around the realisation. Ultimately, however, it all turned out well and no modifications by the client to any of our work at all were made.”
Amnesty International France’s ‘Death to the Death Penalty’ campaign launched on October 10 2010, the fourth European Day Against the Death Penalty. With an extremely limited budget, the campaign needed unpaid media coverage to extend its reach. So ahead of launch, the agency produced CDs and press releases about the campaign to distribute to the media along with scaled down wax models of an electric chair. This generated editorial coverage on four major TV shows and in numerous magazines. The commercial was then shown in French independent cinemas over the next four months.
The ‘Death to the Death Penalty’ film went on to have a significant and far-reaching impact. It generated a large amount of interest at home and abroad and, in the months that followed, the French-produced advertising was used by Amnesty International sections in more than a dozen other countries – a highly unusual move for an organisation where individual markets usually produce and use they own campaign materials, locally.
In the months since, the campaign has won more than two dozen advertising industry awards including a D&AD Yellow Pencil in the Animation category in 2011.
“The campaign’s success is down to the emotional power of the subject and the way it was presented which touched people without over-dramatising,” Brunner believes. “The film is positive and motivating. The technology behind it makes it look real. And the use of wax makes a direct link to the Amnesty candle. It is a perfect combination of pictures, music and message.”
Sylvie Haurat adds: “The strength of the campaign lay in the quality of the creative concept and its symbolic resonance. The length of time it took to make did cause us problems – we had hoped to run the campaign in October 2009 but it wasn’t ready until a year later. But pro bono work is never straight forward. And we were amazed that support for the work among Amnesty International activists was unanimous – which for us is extremely rare.”
Advertising Agency: TBWA/Paris
Executive Creative Directors: Eric Holden, Rémi Noël
Copy Writer: Benoît Leroux
Art Director: Philippe Taroux
Production Company: Warm & Fuzzy
Composting: Philippe Aubry, Dan Elhadad, Jimmy Cavé, Guillaume Nadaud, Guillaume Martin
Music: Artist/Song Title: Carly Comando – Everyday
The death penalty is one of the most contested actions across the globe. Marcel Paris created a campaign for Abolotion.fr that encourages to people to take a stand against the death penalty, quite literally. At the National Library of France, two screens face one another. On one screen, stands a soldier and on the other stands a victim of the death penalty. In between, a sticker on the floor serves as the “take a stand” platform for passersby.
The association, Together Against the Death Penalty, was facing an efficiency problem with petitions in the street. Many people, even pro-abolition, hesitated to sign because they believed it wouldn’t be acted upon. How can we make people aware that they can make a difference ?
To confront bystanders to the reality of the death penalty, we installed two screens broadcasting a video of an imminent execution. A sticker invited passers-by to stand between the screens. When they did so, the film changed: the soldier lowered his rifle and the convicted person lifted up his head again. Our goal was to encourage people to sign a petition for the worldwide abolishment of the death penalty. They could do it through a simple QR code.
A symbolic place: The Francois Mitterrand National Library, named after the president who abolished the death penalty in France 30 years ago.
Awareness: Confronting passers-by with a realistic implementation can make them aware of a very real and current problem.
A call to action: By giving people a strong experience (ending the performance by physically intervening) and encouraging them to concretely take a stand by signing a petition against the death penalty.
- More than 8,000 signatures collected within a month.
- 3 out of 10 people shared the petition on Facebook.
- 15% more new Facebook fans (during the following month).
- 18% more awareness thanks to blogs, newspapers and magazines.
- The petition is still available on abolition.fr and grows in numbers everyday.
Advertising Agency: Marcel, Paris, France
Art Director: Souen Le Van
Copywriter: Martin Rocaboy
Executive Creative Director: Veronique Sels, Anne De Maupeou, Sebastien Vacherot
Director/Film: Guillaume Couret