Canadian born and LA-based director Matt Bissonnette (yes, double s, double n, double t) has joined Smarthouse. According to Smarthouse’s press release Matt studied English and Film in Montreal and then earned a Law degree. After only two weeks he retired from legal practice to work in movies. Bissonnette has written and directed three feature films; Looking For Leonard (2002), Who Loves The Sun (2006), and Passenger Side (2010). He was recently tipped by The Independent as “One of ten young American moviemakers to watch.” According to Smarthouse “his work is noted for its classic yet inventive visual style; riveting honest humorous performances; original blend of drama and comedy; smart witty dialogue, and strong mix of music and images.” Since Smarthouse has told us to be a production company that is inspired by film, Bissonnette seems a fantastic win for its roster. But there’s even more than film. Bissonnette is multi-disciplinary; he also writes novels and is a visual artist, with installments of his ongoing video project Your Home Movies, featured at Canada Gallery in New York City. His first commercial work was made in the fall of 2013 for Amsterdam Worldwide; “Both of You” for Sony Viao 2 in 1. Very promising. We look forward to seeing more of him!
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This new Sony Vaio 2-in-1 could be quite revolutionary; it merges the laptop and the tablet. Though the mechanics look a bit wobbly – and thus make it vulnerable for Apple to make something smoother – the commercial perfectly explains why you’d want to have those two devices merged: it’s all about work & play – we all have two (brain) halves to deal with those two activities. What better way to show this than using twins: one half wants to write a book, while the other wants to make a time-lapse movie of his growing beard – as we all know by now, you need a beard to be creative. The film was created by Amsterdam Worldwide, directed by Matthew Bissonnette (Frontier Films, Toronto), shot by Matthew Bissonnette, post produced by Darlings, and sound by Audentity.
We hadn’t heard from Amsterdam Worldwide for a while, so we’re glad the agency has won the international Warsteiner account, after a competitive pitch against several unnamed agencies. Warsteiner, brewed in the small town of Warstein, is one of Germany’s leading beers – to be precise, in Germany it is the #3 premium lager and the #1 privately owned exported beer. Amsterdam WW’s task is to develop a new communication platform that will help refresh the brand in Germany and its established European markets, and to drive the brand in emerging markets. Well, guys, ‘prost’ on that one.
In advertising mobile is still not a very dominant medium – only since this year it was introduced in Cannes as a new award category. And that’s surprising, since a mobile phone is the device to unlock SoLoMo (Social Mobile Local), a mix that easily has the potential to add relevance to a brand. Here’s an example, by Olmeca Tequila and its agency Amsterdam Worldwide; the ‘NightTag’ app – click picture to enlarge. What it does is combining a photo upload, geo-tagging and, last but not least, music recognition – through Facebook. Basically it thus adds another layer to Facebook; music. Making social sharing a richer experience. A nice step in the right direction of SoLoMo.
‘Go Forth’ is Levi’s new brand proposition. It supports positive change in the world and celebrates today’s “pioneers who are taking action to build a better future”. In this dramatic mini-documentary, created by Wieden+Kennedy and directed by Sanne van Hecke, we see Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (aka “Vhils”) nonchalantly wearing a pair of baggy Levi’s and creating a series of street murals that capture the faces of some ‘Berliners’ who embody the ‘Go Forth’ spirit. This branded content made us think of both the Sartorialist film for Intel (by Amsterdam Worldwide) and the mobile printer film for Océ (by Lemon Scented Tea) – though the latter was a fictional documentary. We’re spotting a trend here, in which everyday people are portrayed as heroes. That is, they all do something special and this is enlarged in a documentary-like piece of long(er) form content. It merges real life with the smooth exaggerative qualities of an ad agency and thus subtly incorporates brands into society. It makes (or at least should make) these brands more authentic, credible, and sympathetic.
Good news for 180 Amsterdam; ASICS appointed the agency for its global communications around the London Olympic Games 2012 – after a competitive pitch that started last summer. 180 will also work with ASICS to launch key product ranges through 2011 and 2012. ASICS asked 180 to give emotional meaning to its ethos ‘Sound Mind Sound Body’ (Anima Sana In Corpore Sano) – an inspiring assignment when combining it with the idea behind the Olympics. 180′s big advantage in the pitch was its extensive experience on the Adidas account – 180’s founding client who left the agency in 2010. Next to 180 ASICS also works with Vitro in San Diego. Together with Vitro ASICS very recently developed a global campaign around the proposition ‘Sports releases more than just sweat’ – namely negative energy. It seems ASICS is working hard to capture some market share from Nike and Adidas.
How to give a boring ingredient brand like Intel – the ‘second generation core processors’ – a face? When you’ve watched this short documentary (too long to be called a commercial), created by Amsterdam Worldwide (AW) and directed by Tyler Manson, you know how. AW chose to visualize the lives of influential bloggers in a series of profile films. A smart angle, since the majority of bloggers still has some sort of independent, maven status, which makes you believe that Intel is used by the people that can be trusted for their advice. And this is the life of Scott Schumann from the renowned fashion blog The Sartorialist (read: the tailor). We are very impressed with the quality of this piece of content. It’s smoothly directed, has some strong copy (probably inspired by Schumann’s view on the “shrinking world”), and is even quite interesting to watch. You’d almost forget Intel is trying to sell you some product here. In fact, we were a bit disappointed with the anti-climax at the end; all of a sudden the film changes into an ad, asking you to share your life on some corporate website – you almost feel tricked into it. Maybe they could have done without it – especially since there’s already a commercial that invites you to share your life – a little corporate, but also very skillfully made.
Amsterdam won two Grand Prix in Film and Design at Eurobest in Hamburg, last Wednesday. Wieden+Kennedy was awarded the prestigious award for its epic Nike ‘Write the future’ commercial – alledgedly the most expensive commercial ever made. And for the same film it won bronze in Film Craft. Amsterdam Worldwide earned a Grand Prix in the category Design for the Onitsuka Tiger ‘Tansu sneaker’. Other than that Amsterdam did not do extremely well, we have to admit. In interactive Pool Worldwide won silver for its brilliant StarWars branded TomTom viral. In the same category 180 Amsterdam won bronze for Adidas’ Match Tracker and NRG3 won bronze for an interactive banner for the EA game Need for Speed Shift. N=5 was awarded silver in the category Media with a ‘Live interactive billboad’ – an aggression awareness campaign. BSUR got bronze in Film for MINI’s Flow, Publics won bronze in Print for KIKA, and JWT bronze in Promo and Outdoor with the MINI Christmas box.
Dutch Fashion brand G-Star appointed Nothing Amsterdam to run its international account. Joris Aperghis, CMO G-Star said Nothing understands the brand and the challenges that lay ahead to help it with its international growth. G-Star was founded in 1989 (originally called Gap Star). Today the brand has over a 1000 employees and 250 shops in 69 countries. This is G-Star’s first agency, which is quite surprising given the fact that already for quite a while the brand has launched international ad campaigns – most recently with photographer Anton Corbijn.
Amsterdam Worldwide hired ‘Director of Strategy’ Uli Kurtenbach to support the agency with (among other brands) the brand new tequila account Olmeca and to help it develop new products and services – which sounds interesting and a bit vague at the same time. Kurtenbach lives in Amsterdam already for 14 years. He worked at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam (together with his new agency’s ECD, Richard Gorodecky), 2008 (today SSSS & Orchestra), and most recently at Naked, where he was managing partner.
Delta Lloyd ends it relation with Lowe & Draftfcb. There will be a pitch, but the insurer hasn’t decided which agencies will be joining it. In 2006 Delta Lloyd ended its contract with TBWA\Neboko, the agency that invented the pay-off ‘…zeker Delta Lloyd’. Lowe & Draftfcb kept the pay-off but completely changed the tone of voice from humorous to serious. The first series of commercials Lowe created for Delta Lloyd were the best within its kind.
Amsterdam Worldwide has won the global Olmeca tequila account. Pernod Ricard took the brand away from M&C Saatchi (London) and forwarded it to Amsterdam Worldwide without a pitch. It wouldn’t surprise us if the agency’s multi-awarded work for ArArAt helped the smooth transition. Though in Holland tequila is not very popular – we had never heard of the brand – it is the fastest growing spirits category globally over the past 5 years. And Olmeca is one of the biggest brands within this growing category.