Advertising can be fun. Honest. Look at these ads.
It’s the summer time and the weather is – well, variable, to be honest. But people are going on holiday and stuff, so there’s that to be thankful for. Also, the commercials this time of year have a jaunty optimism to them that says “don’t worry, everything is gonna be just fine (as long as you buy our product.)” This month’s best ads come from some good-time products, so why argue? Just buy the bikes, games consoles, booze and energy drinks and go on a summer bender of reckless fun.
Halfords – Tour de Britain
This film plumbs the depths of a home truth we may never have thought about – that there are lots of amusingly reductive stereotypes associated with cyclists. Jumping on the Tour de France while it’s inspiring people to get biking, it serves as a little reminder that Halfords sell bikes if you fancy getting one. Not a particularly pioneering idea, but a fun, sunny one, worthy of Mother’s reputation for provoking smiles. With The Glue Society bringing a good dose of epic to it, it’ll probably sell some bikes.
Title: Greatness Awaits
Production Company: MJZ
Director: Rupert Sanders
Production Company Producer: Laurie Boccaccio
Director of Photography: Greig Fraser
Ad Agency: BBH
Creative Director: Nate Able
Copywriter: Rick Herrera
Agency Producer: Jennifer Moore Bell
Editing Company: Work Post
Editor: Neil Smith
Music Company: Woodwork Music
Sound Company: Trinitite
VFX Company: The Mill
PlayStation – Greatness Awaits
Speaking of epic, it would have been impossible to make this ad without mentioning the word. It’s a tried and tested idea – PlayStation have been celebrating the godlike powers video games give you for yonks now, and why not? It’s the reason a lot of gamers game. It’s the sort of spot people enjoy making – a grandiose script, lush production design, fantastical creatures and space ships to keep the VFX wizards at The Mill busy. As a result, it’s fun to watch.
Brand: Southern Comfort
Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks
Director: Tim Godsall
Production Company Producer: Rick Jarjoura
Director of Photography: Darko Suvak
Ad Agency: Wieden + Kennedy
Creative Director: Jimm Lasser
Creatives: Nick Kaplan, Jeff Dryer
Agency Producer: Orlee Tatarka
Editing Company: Mackenzie Cutler
Editor: Gavin Cutler
Music Company: Good Ear Music Supervision
Sound Company: Sonic Union
VFX Company: The Mill
Southern Comfort – Shampoo
Here’s another aging eccentric to serve as champion for this unorthodox tipple. He might not be quite as instantly lovable as his beach-strolling predecessor, but this chap has that effortless oddball charisma that Southern Comfort are all about these days. It would be easy to ruin this idea with bad casting or a tiny slip up in direction, although Tim Godsall helming certainly alleviates some of these worries. A great follow-up to last year’s iconic commercial.
Title: Moments of Truth
Production Company: Rogue
Director: Sam Brown
Production Company Producer: James Howland
Director of Photography: Tom Townend
Ad Agency: St Luke’s
Creative Directors: Julian Vizard, Al Young
Art Director: Kamlan Man
Copywriter: Al Young
Agency Producer: Ben Catford
Editing Company: Marshall Street Editors
Editor: Tim Thornton-Allen
Sound Company: GCRS
VFX Company: MPC
Strongbow – Moments of Truth
O Fortuna must get brainstormed all the time as an ad soundtrack. It probably gets dismissed as too hackneyed most of the time – it’s musical shorthand for the ominous and daunting. But it’s the perfect accompaniment for this surrealist extravaganza, and the sound design works in complete harmony with the visuals. A fun script, well envisioned and fantastical. With Sam Brown behind the camera and MPC providing impressive VFX it fits into Strongbow’s legacy of filmic TV ads just fine.
V – Silence the Troll
Do you know what rule 34 is? You do? You filthy internet people disgust us. For those purer of mind, the rule says that if something exists on the internet, there’s some kind of porn related to it. The people who know that will love this film, because they have likely spent a lot of time on message boards and comment threads and are therefore familiar with the troll species. It’s a fun piece and the online campaign around it is a good laugh.