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Nightmarish PSAs Depict Horrors of Human Trafficking

A group of New York ad professionals and filmmakers–minus the aid of any agency–including Point Blank Productions director Kim Dempster collaborated on “#StopTheNightmare,” a series of PSAs for Freedom For All, a non-profit created by former Ford Models CEO Katie Ford to end slavery.

“#StopTheNightmare” includes three, 30-second PSAs dealing with the horrors of human trafficking and sex slavery, each ending with the number for a hotline viewers can call to report or get confidential help. The spots highlight the surreal, nightmarish aspects of human trafficking, leaving viewers with the impression of the horrors faced by victims of human trafficking. “Indebted” is probably the most effective of these, showing a man who trades his passport for a card that says “labor.”

Through the nightmarish scenario that follows we learn that he faces this fate for the rest of his life. “Sex Slavery” uses similarly nightmarish imagery to implicate the horrors of a life in the sex trade. “Hidden in Plain Sight,” while not as emotionally affecting, delivers the important message (especially for those who fail to realize the scope of this global problem) that there are over 27 million people being trafficked around the world today. Taken as a whole, “#StopTheNightmare” is an effective, well-conceived statement, and a distinct departure from PSAs utilizing voiceover to educate viewers, opting instead to deliver a visual message about the nightmarish nature of the problem.

“The more I learned about modern-day slavery, all I could say was, ‘this is a nightmare,’ and that was the basis of our visual narrative — the nightmare of what people dream the first night they realize they have been forced into bondage,” explains Dempster.

Dempster enlisted the help of colleagues Lisa Kwon (Kwoni Productions) and Hooligan senior editor Peter Mostert to produce the PSAs, which included a four-month post-production process that included ” photo-real CG environments created by VFX companies Republic and Piranha.” Stick around for credits and the “Sex Slavery” PSA after the jump.

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Steak ‘n Shake Deals May Bring Out Your Gluttonous Side

Call it a restaurant, diner or whatever you will, but as we’ve said before, Steak ‘n Shake was a late-night blessing during those hazy days of college. Though it’s been 10 years or so since our last visit to one of their locations (plus, we can’t even find one close by anymore), we’re not sure if these new ads from KBS+P have us ready to wax nostalgic just yet. Still, it’s hard to complain, if you’re starvin like marvin, about $3.99 all-you-can-eat pancakes as promoted in the ad called “Tear” above.

Besides, there’s only so far you can go when promoting a restaurant chain’s deals and we think these executions are somewhat of an improvement over what Zimmerman put forth during their time with Steak ‘n Shake. KBS+P, if you recall, took over the account in March. See two more deal-promoting spots and credits after the jump.

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