“Slow Motion Dog” Ad. Now, THAT is creative… But…

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We (creative people) and you (all the others) often don’t have the same idea on WHAT is creative.

You can say you are but who can really define creativity right? When I mean creative, it’s for me, far, very far from the “average” ads done for the mass consumers and 50 years old housewives. (not that they don’t deserve ads too…).

A Creative Ad is an ad that touch the target of the product (or service) to buy. Touch because it’s relevant, because it’s so funny that you would want to make YOURSELF the buzz around you (and become the ambassador of the brand… ; ), because it’s shocking, whatever, it has to move you, in a good way. Very rarely it has to make you think. But that’s an other debate.

A creative ad, you would like to be part of it; in showing it to people, it’s a bit like you did it yourself, or, at least, you show and tell WHO you are, this person that really love this ad. Follow me…?

Then, for the best of us, we will remember this brand, its values. (at least the ones they want you to believe). And hopefully, BUY it in the supermarket for our puppydoggytinypet!

Bravo Pedigree…

Slow Motion Dog Treat Commercial Beguiles Internet [Randomly Viral].

Article from MashableBrenna EHRLICH

For some reason, a Pedigree commercial featuring dogs leaping through the air in super slow motion has taken the Internet by storm, appearing on multiple video-sharing sites and racking up the YouTube views.

According to Creativity Online, the video was shot with a Phantom camera at 1,000 frames per second, which explains the underwater-like quality of this viral commercial. Director Bob Purman explains the spot thusly:

“The ‘Catch’ spot was to be a series of shots of dogs looking with anticipation as a piece of dog food is flying through the air towards them. We shot close-ups of the dogs at 1000 fps. The result was really wonderfully anthropomorphic. The super slow motion really captured this intense sense of desire in the dogs’ eyes. To me it was equal parts awe inspiring and hilarious to see so rich a palate of personality in a dog’s facial expressions. A few days after the shoot I started to get emails from Mark, Steph and the editor Chris Parkins with the different iterations of the spots cut to different music selections, all of them interesting for different reasons. But then they put footage from the two spots together to form this new greater whole that really exploits the dynamics of the dogs’ athleticism and their emotive personality in slowed time.”

Well, that’s all very inspiring and poignant and whatnot, but the reason behind why this vid has become so popular is quite simple, really. In fact, it can be boiled down to a rudimentary mathematical equation (get out your notebooks, kids):

Cute dog + Silly activity/article of clothing/amusing prop = Viral Gold


From CREATIVITY-ONLINE:

Playing catch the Phantom camera way

Director Bob Purman used a Phantom camera at 1,000 fps to capture these expressive canines in action.

The director was initially charged with shooting two spots, a “Catch” and a “Jump” execution. The director says: “The ‘Catch’ spot was to be a series of shots of dogs looking with anticipation as a piece of dog food is flying through the air towards them. We shot close-ups of the dogs at 1000 fps. The result was really wonderfully anthropomorphic. The super slow motion really captured this intense sense of desire in the dogs’ eyes. To me it was equal parts awe inspiring and hilarious to see so rich a palate of personality in a dog’s facial expressions. A few days after the shoot I started to get emails from Mark, Steph and the editor Chris Parkins with the different iterations of the spots cut to different music selections, all of them interesting for different reasons. But then they put footage from the two spots together to form this new greater whole that really exploits the dynamics of the dogs’ athleticism and their emotive personality in slowed time.”

Full Credits

Agency:
TBWA, Toronto
Client:
Pedigree
Creative Director:
Mark Biernacki
Copywriter:
Mark Biernacki
Creative Director:
Steph Mackie
Art Director:
Steph Mackie
Producer:
Margaret John
Sound:
Joey Serlin
Editor:
Chris Parkins
Flame Artist:
Mike Bishop
Director:
Bob Purman
Director of Photography:
Bob Purman
Production Company:
Imported Artists Film Company

Date Feb 22, 2010

Category TVC



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Is this Plagiarism?

See the same shot here: http://www.joelapompe.net/2010/02/24/dogs-slow-motion-pedigree-catch/

As one comment say: “plagiarism is the new creativity pass it on“…


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Well, what David OGILVY was saying?

Here are some quotes… ; )

  • “If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.”
  • “The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”

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