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BBH NY Launches Campaign for PS4′s ‘Infamous: Second Son’

BBH New York continues its PS4 onslaught with a live-action spot at the center of their new campaign for Infamous: Second Son, the third game in the best-selling Infamous series and Sony PS4 exclusive (you might consider it Sony’s answer to TitanFall, which we reported on yesterday).

The entirely live-action (although there is some silent gameplay footage on the end screen before the Playstation logo), :75 spot “depicts a locked-down city of Seattle where the superhuman protagonist, Delsin Rowe, fights back against the oppressive Department of Unified Protection (DUP).” Rowe is depicted in the ad by a somewhat passable lookalike in his trademark red cap, trailed by the DUP. The new ad teases the kind of action players can expect from the game, while avoiding revealing anything about the story. It should draw interest from both fans of the series and newcomers.

BBH New York’s campaign rolls out with “TV advertising based on the short film,” as well as additional “complementary online advertising.” Gameplay developer Sucker Punch, meanwhile, has released a trailer showcasing gameplay features players can expect in the new game. Infamous: Second Son will be released on globally on March 21st. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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BBH NY ECD Ari Weiss Takes Us Behind the Cube for PS4′s ‘Perfect Day’

I don’t own a PS4, but I catch myself periodically humming the cover of Lou Reed‘s “Perfect Day” in BBH NY’s video game spot with the same title. For a brief refresher: the 60-second spot shows two gamers as iterations of the characters they’re competing with, such as medieval gladiators and race car drivers. If you watch enough TV, you’re bound to watch it. And it sticks with you, mainly because of the song, but compared to typical ad humor and action, this spot just marches to the beat of a different drummer.

One of those drummers – Ari Weiss, executive creative director of BBH NY – recently sat down with ADC for their Behind the Cube series to talk about the creative decisions that helped shape “Perfect Day.” Weiss talks about how the song actually guided the visuals, how the gamers were established as characters, and how editing set the spot’s unique pacing.

And on a somewhat-related note: ADC just announced they are launching an iPad app to show off their annual work developed in conjunction with Brazilian shop the goodfellas, ADC member/Google Creative Lab motion designer Monica Eunji Kim and U.K.-based creative director, Pete Rossi. It is the first time in the company’s 92-year history that the annual book will not be in print. ADC is also giving away free limited-edition iPad cases to the first 500 people who download the app.

BBH ECD Ari Weiss Talks UNICEF’s ‘Good Shirts’ in Latest ‘Behind the Cube’ Clip

ADC Behind The Cube: BBH’s Ari Weiss discusses “Good Shirts” from ADC Global Network on Vimeo.

Last week, we brought you news of ADC’s “Behind the Cube” video for Student Thesis Gold Cube winner Dani Wolf. This week, ADC has a new “Behind the Cube” installment, featuring BBH New York executive creative director Ari Weiss.

Weiss discusses UNICEF’s “Good Shirts” campaign — which sold t-shirts depicting an item of aid, priced at the amount it cost UNICEF to donate that item — and its unexpected success. As a driving force behind the campaign, Weiss believed “Good Shirts” would be the “conversation piece” of the campaign, building buzz and getting more people to donate. Instead, the idea really took off, and the t-shirts raised around half a million dollars — including the sale of a $300,000 shirt to an anonymous San Francisco buyer. It’s an interesting look at the process behind one of the more buzzworthy Gold Cube campaigns from last year, including a look at some of the excellent t-shirt designs, and an excellent reminder that sometimes even the creatives behind a campaign can be surprised by its results.

What Do Lou Reed and PS4 Have in Common? BBH NY Has the Answer

Sometimes, choosing the perfect song to set the mood can elevate a spot from good to great. That’s the case with BBH NY’s choice of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” in the latest ad that’s part of the ongoing “Greatness Awaits’ campaign for Playstation 4 (Sony also launched a new site to accompany the campaign here).

The song works as the perfect backdrop to the spot, conveying the feeling of a perfect day battling friends in a variety of games. Lou Reed’s classic song’s somber undertones fit perfectly with the onscreen mayhem, while the lyrics suggest that a day of slaughtering each other onscreen can in fact be a perfect day. I would have appreciated hearing the original version of the song, rather than having the actors in the spot sing it, but I guess BBH NY has decided it better underscores the theme of the effort to have the actors speaking the words directly. At any rate, the song choice is admirable and really makes the spot, which also does a pretty good job conveying the possibilities of the system without including any actual gameplay footage. It feels like a big step up from the earlier PS4 work, a more fully-realized conceptualization of the idea behind the campaign. Hopefully, the next time we see an ad for the system though, it will include some gameplay.

If you didn’t already really want a PS4 (you did) you do now. Or at least when it  hits shelves Nov. 15. Credits after the jump.

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Here’s a PlayStation Ad for Winning Stuff Seen in a Different PlayStation Ad

During the NBA Finals last month, PlayStation debuted a new mini-film from BBH NY titled “Greatness Awaits” which featured a wide array of game characters and a whimsical narrator talking sternly to the camera (much like in this 2009 spot BBH NY did for Johnnie Walker). With over 5 million YouTube plays, the big budget ad was hailed as a mild success, falling somewhere between “Hedgehog Reacts to Fart” and “One Direction Crash Barbie’s Party! 1D Dolls Party All Night! OMG !.::Original Video::.

To the untrained eye, it would appear that the spot’s success was owed to its subtle nods to some of PlayStation’s biggest titles paired with the sort of over-the-top visual effects that gamers subsist upon. However, any true gamer knows that the ad’s success is owed predominantly to the elaborate costuming employed, causing PlayStation to make a second ad in order to offer the costumes as prizes of some sort. Yes, it’s an ad for an ad, or “Adception” if you will.

Anyway, gamers can bid of the costumes from the spot using trophy points or something that they earn by being good at video games. Then everyone will play dress-up and have a great time. Learn more at bidforgreatness.com and view credits after the jump.

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Friday Odds and Ends

-Fresh off of a logo overhaul, Wendy’s CMO Craig Bahner proclaims that Chipotle and Five Guys are among the “new standard” when it comes to “fast casual dining.”

-Speaking of overhauls, USA Today wants to make the ad experience of its digital component “less Internet-like.” link

-BBH ECD Ari Weiss discusses the well-received Axe “Susan Glenn” campaign. link

-Coca-Cola reportedly is interesting in investing in Spotify. link

-LinkedIn unveiled a global study of the “20 most desired employers” with the obvious big dogs at the top and Ogilvy at #18. link

-We don’t know what to make of the video above, which landed in our tips box a little while ago, but try and make it through the whole two minutes. Sorry to start your weekend this way. link

-While we’re on the holiday theme, we guess, Canadian audio production studio Apollo has launched a holiday pop-up store filled with original, seasonal tunes. Guess it’s never too early. link

 

And Finally, Your ADC Advertising/Integrated Juries

We promise to keep this short, but since you were all clamoring for it, we might as well give you the rundown of the Advertising and Integrated juries for the 91st Annual ADC Awards. You have already received notice that Natalie Lam and 72andSunny’s John Boiler were jury chairs for Interactive and Advertising, respectively, but after the jump, you can check out the full jury roster for the latter category as well as Integrated. We’re sure there are some names you might recognize (Ian & Scott–ok, we’ve now been told that the former of the dynamic duo is not able to participate, Faris, etc.)

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Would You Pay $300K for a T-Shirt?

Sounds like a preposterous question, doesn’t it? But yet it’s the basis of a new campaign from BBH New York and Threadless for UNICEF that aims to aid humanitarian efforts in the crisis-ridden Horn of Africa, which includes nations like Somalia and Ethiopia. Yes, the price that’s listed for the aid item that’s desperately needed in the region is the price you pay for the cotton T, the most expensive of which costs $300,000 and represents how much one cargo flight demands to provide assistance in the Horn.

Says BBH NY ECD Ari Weiss, who joined the agency from 180LA back in March, “We’re literally letting people wear their donation as a source of pride and as a means to spread the word. If friends get a little competitive over who’s being more altruistic, all the better.” Other items on the T-shirt list include one representing basic family water kits ($125.55) as well as one for an emergency tent ($1,939.36). We believe this is way more worthwhile than donating to the Human Fund. Go here to see the full list and take part.

Boost Mobile Turns Whiny Tweet into Ad

Your blood pressure probably has yet to drop since Kraft and CP+B turned tweets about Mac and Cheese into advertisements. That date, March 28, will go down in history books alongside events like the Spanish Armada, the Liberation of France and the Day that Music Died. Holy Cheeseasaurus Rex.

Well, 180LA and Boost Mobile (of “Where you at?” fame) are doing it again…but with a twist. Instead of turning complimentary/stupid tweets into advertising gold, Boost is using tweets of people complaining as the basis of its campaign. Who doesn’t love it when people complain over social networks? As 180 LA tells us, “The campaign is not just about ‘taking a tweet and making a spot.’ It’s about Boost taking the anger and frustration that people are hurling at the wireless industry on the web and making it the voice of a marketing campaign.”

“Working Man” is one of three television spots to air for the campaign, with a full launch scheduled for May 16. By the way, that awesome song in the background is Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar,” which was most famously used as the theme song for HBO’s terrible, vapid but somehow very enjoyable series How to Make it in America. Credits after the jump.

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Ari Weiss Heads to the East Coast

It only seems like yesterday that 180 LA creative director Ari Weiss was discussing “shrinkage” in relation to the agency’s campaign for Boost Mobile. My, how things change so quickly. Weiss has now packed his bags and is headed back to the East Coast to assume an executive creative director role at BBH New York. Though the agency’s still without CCO, it’s boosting its ECD team as Weiss becomes the fifth in the roster, joining Jon Pearce, Mike Shackle, Calle Sjoenell and Pelle Sjoenell.

As for background, Weiss began his career at now-defunct Cliff Freeman & Partners before moving on to BBDO, then heading to the West Coast to take on creative roles W+K, Goodby and eventually 180. Now at BBH, Weiss will serve as ECD on Axe.

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