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CAA Marketing Crafts Back-to-School Music Video for Old Navy

In something of a different direction for the brand, CAA Marketing crafted a back-to-school music video for Old Navy.

“Unlimited” sees a girl facing her doubts and insecurities,  personified by a Grimace-like creature called a Womp Womp, on the first day of school with a motivational anthem. While the four-minute song, written by Tony-nominated songwriters Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, might prove something of an endurance test for most adults, it provides a positive message in a very relatable situation, and the target audience (elementary school aged kids, especially girls) typically can’t get enough of this type of thing. It seems that the video is catching on, too, with over four million views since being posted at the end of July. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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Muse, Questlove Shine Light on Creatives for Honda Fit

Muse Communications taps Questlove in their new spot for the Honda Fit highlighting creative professions.

The 30-second spot features a musician (well, two counting Questlove), an architect and a stylist as The Roots drummer delivers an inspirational speech about going out and finding “your fit.” While the copy can come across as a bit cheesy at times, Questlove‘s delivery is on and it matches the rest of the spot well. Maybe it’s just a matter of the celebrity talent involved, but this campaign extension feels like an improvement over RPA’s flat “Fit For You” spots featuring Nick Thune — even without the same kind of budget. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Great Guns Filmtracks Santigold for Pepsi

Production company Great Guns mixes molotov cocktails and soccer in their filmtrack for Santigold’s “Kicking Down Doors,” part of Pepsi’s Beats of the Beautiful Game visual album.

For Santigold’s filmtrack, director Andy Morahan was inspired by “The Christmas Truce,” a soccer-fueled temporary peace that took place between English and German forces on Christmas Day, 1915. “The English and German soldiers put down their guns and played some football in No Man’s Land,” explains Morahan. “I was thinking of a way to try and tell that story in a modern light. Obviously I didn’t have the budget for a war scene, but a riot was more reasonable as a severe stand-off between people. It’s showing football, and sport by extension, as this beacon for humanity.”

In the film, a riot breaks out, with molotov cocktail wielding forces squaring off against riot police. A group of boys falls asleep at the edge of the scene. When one of their balls makes its way into the heart of action, both sides throw down their arms and beginning playing an impromptu pickup game. It’s not a bad idea for a World Cup spot, but seems a bit stretched out as an over four minute music video — although you may feel differently if you actually enjoy the song.

Morahan filmed the scene in Kiev, which has seen its share of rioting in recent history, although he insists the location was chosen purely out of convenience. “I was in Prague and wanted to shoot it there but the budget wouldn’t fit, so we were only an hour flight from Kiev and I’d worked there before so knew some people there who could help me out,” he explains. “Really, it was just close by and it fit the budget.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

GlobalHue Utilizes Michael Jackson Song for Jeep

Michigan-based agency GlobalHue built their recent campaign for Jeep on the recently-released Michael Jackson single “Love Never Felt So Good.”

The series of three 30-second spots all make use of the posthumously released song, which was co-written by Paul Anka (the single version features Justin Timberlake). The Off The Wall-esque track is a breezy summer jam that makes a lot of sense in this context. Whether or not it was worth the fortune they must have paid in licensing fees is another conversation, but for obvious reasons Jeep is making a big summer push.

The spots themselves feel almost like little music videos that also happen to be selling Jeep, clearly crafted around the tune. There’s not a whole lot to the campaign other than people driving around and having fun, but GlobalHue and Jeep are banking on that and a hit posthumous Michael Jackson song being all they need. One of these spots, “Lovers of the Game,” features Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving in a celebration of hoops and summer. It’s pretty fun, and at one point Irving even sinks a shot while standing in a Jeep outside the court. “Summer Fans” meanwhile, is GlobalHue and Jeep’s World Cup themed entry, otherwise pretty much in the same vein as the other two ads. You can catch both “Summer Fans” and “Lovers of the Game,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

Martin Williams Launches Kill Kancer for Mary Beth Mueller

Minneapolis-based agency Martin Williams, fresh off rebranding Mall of America, has teamed up with Mary Beth Mueller (widow of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller) in a campaign launching Kill Kancer, “a nonprofit aimed to raise awareness for preventable types of cancer.”

Following her husband’s death approximately nine years ago, Mueller started The Karl Fund at the University of Minnesota “to support breakthrough cancer research.” Kill Kancer is an extension of The Karl Fund, “a nonprofit positioned to inform the younger generation to take proactive measures on preventing cancer.”

“Cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota and since I have been personally affected by the terrible disease, I’ve made it my life’s mission to support the fight. After much research, I found there is a lot information on diagnosing cancer but limited information about prevention,” explained Mueller. “Through Kill Kancer, I hope to give our younger generation information that is useful to them concerning prevention as well as an outlet to have open dialogue about the illness.”

The backbone of Martin Williams’ campaign is the Kill Kancer website the team designed providing cancer prevention information and a community portal where visitors can post content. At the center of the site (and the campaign) is the above video, directed by Dan Huiting. The video features appearances from Minneapolis-based artists such as Slug from Atmosphere, Ashley Dubose from NBC’s “The Voice,” street artist HOTTEA, and rapper/community activist and teacher Toki Wright. Martin Williams will also be hosting a benefit concert for Kill Kancer today at The Cedar Cultural Center, including performances by by Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, Silverback Colony, Communist Daughter, Willie Murphy & Special Guests, and Taj Raj. Irksome intentional misspelling of “Kancer” aside, this is an important campaign that differs from countless other cancer awareness campaigns by providing important information about preventative measures people can take to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Since most people don’t even realize there are cancer prevention methods, this is an invaluable cause that could do a lot of good.

“Pro Bono work is extremely important to us,” said Tom Moudry, CEO and chief creative officer, Martin Williams. “Working on Kill Kancer from the ground up has been an unforgettable experience, especially for someone who gave the Minneapolis music scene so much and was such a lovely guy.”

Japanese Vitamin Water Spot Is So Much More New York Than You

Vitamin Water is obviously a CP&B client, but we have very little info for this slightly insane Japanese spot other than the fact that one Himanshu Kumar, aka “Heems” of Dat Racist, wrote the music and that DIESEL artistic director Nicola Formichetti may have provided something resembling creative.

Heems tweeted it out to the world yesterday before proclaiming himself the new, less recognizable Bill Murray. Not sure we agree…

Google translate isn’t helping much, but we’ll go with it anyway: how often do you see an ad repping the theater/restaurant you kept telling everyone you wanted to check out last year if only it weren’t a 65-minute subway ride away? We did glean this nugget from the translator:

“The flavor deployment bright colors, you can enjoy to choose what you like to suit lifestyle and mood, the condition of their own throughout the day.”

Accurate.

The key question: is this submission stranger than the 2012 CP&B spot after the jump?

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Wing Creates Spotify ‘Playlust’ to Promote Condom Use for Lifebeat

PlaylustIn a sign that the agency is expanding beyond their Hispanic roots, Wing has created “Playlust,” a series of commercial-free Spotify playlists promoting safe sex for non-profit AIDS prevention and education program Lifebeat. The program is part of a “Sex with no ads and no HIV” initiative aimed at young adults, which sees Wing handing out information and condoms at music venues in the New York area, along with directing folks over to “Playlust.” It’s a great way to offer a service (taking the commercials out of Spotify) people will value in order to draw attention to your cause.

“A few years ago, you might do a traditional ad campaign about using condoms,” explained Favio Ucedo, chief creative officer at Wing. “But there are too many pitches and messages aimed at Millennials. You have to add value.”

The program grew out of conversations at Wing about employees’ favorite songs for the bedroom. “We knew that people already made mix tapes (for atmosphere),” said copywriter Marc Duran. “In this case, we just did it for them.”

The playlists all have suggestive names, like “Don’t Expect Breakfast,” “My Roomate Isn’t Home” and “In The Morning It’s Going To Be Awkward.” Clearly, “Playlust” comes with a sense of humor. There’s even a one song playlist entitled “Even If You’re A 1 Minute Man.” Mostly these playlist are filled with the kinds of songs you’d expect for a campaign aimed at youngsters, with the likes of Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and Pharrell Williams, to name a few (surprisingly Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” does not make an appearance). I’m not sure what it says about me that the playlists I find most appealing are “Cougar’s Closet,” “Rock Me Tender” and “The Spooning After,” but there you have it. Stick around for a couple playlists after the jump. Read more

Leo Burnett Chicago Explores Studio of Thomas Bloch

Leo Burnett Chicago and music company Sizzer Amsterdam have released a behind-the-scenes documentary on the unusual, ethereal music Thomas Bloch provided for the agency’s recent Re/Max ad, “Dream With Your Eyes Open.”

To create his music Bloch relies on a series of unorthodox instruments, including the glass harmonica, christal baschet, and ondes martenot (most notably played by Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead). Bloch has worked as a musician, composer and producer with artists like Daft Punk, Gorillaz, and Tom Waits. In the mini-documentary Leo Burnett explores Bloch’s studio as Bloch explains the “infinite possibilities” of his instruments. Bloch’s music really brought the surreal “Dream With Your Eyes Open” spot together and the folks at Leo Burnett were clearly fascinated by the collaboration with Bloch and wanted to explore his world further.

“We wanted to create cinematic music with a contemporary, artful feel that would guide the emotional transitions between the gorgeous dream sequence, nightmarish crescendo and ultimately bring the resolution to reality,” said Chris Clark, senior music producer at Leo Burnett.

Stick around for credits and the Re/Max “Dream With Your Eyes Open” spot after the jump. Read more

Mr. President Brings Bacardi Bat to Life with ‘Bat Beats’

In case you missed it, newly formed creative agency Mr. President treated SXSW attendees to the creation of a live music track using the movements of 100,000 bats at Austin’s “Bat Mecca,” Congress Bridge, a means of bringing the brand’s iconic bat logo to life.

The track was created by “using a bespoke software app, which allows the user to interact with a series of composed sounds triggered by the bats movements. Capture of the bats movement was then “streamed into a digital grid, with each square triggering and affecting specific sounds, beats, pitches and tempos.” The software was designed by Immsersive represented by Partizan, one of the companies responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (the Paralympics closing ceremony was arguably the real grand finale). Music producer Craig Richards will release a remix of the track some time next month.

“Defying convention and expectation is part of the Bacardi rum DNA and continues to be today. The Bat Beats music experience is just that – a demonstration of the brand values that still alive and strong today,” says Kofi Amoo-Gottfried, Bacardi rum global communications director.

Stick around after the jump to hear the Bacardi “Bat Beats” track, along with credits. Read more

The ‘Brand Rapper’ Returns, Now Vows to Become Next Top LA Rapper

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We’ve covered the many adventures of Jason Pickar -aka the “Brand Rapper“–over the years, from his time landing on The Price is Right  to his offer to work during Christmas in 2012. Now, the former Deutsch LA copywriter (on Dr. Pepper among others) and current LA-based freelancer, who goes by the stage name, Chozinn, is trying to take things to the next level and conquer the City of Angels via his rhyming skills. Pickar is among the top four MCs vying for the title in the “Who’s Next” contest that’s being held by L.A. station Power 106.

The contest is essentially dependent on votes (less than a week left!), and while the signup process is a little tedious (email signup is recommended over Facebook/Twitter), those who know the man or just prefer his tune to the rest can check out his profile here to help base your decision. And so, the next page in the Pickar saga turns.

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