Jim Beam Parallels

Jim Beam‘s “Parallels” commercial, launched in 2011, is picking up awards for cinematography. The black and white film follows Willem Dafoe in vignettes reflecting on choices and their consequences, finishing with the brand’s bold choice in 1976 to leave Wisconsin for an acting career in New York. The Jim Beam Parallels commercial won a Yellow Pencil at the D&AD Awards and a Gold at the Awards International ANDY Awards, both for cinematography.

Willem Dafoe in Jim Beam Parallels commercial

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Jim Beam Parallels Credits

The Parallels ad was developed at StrawberryFrog, New York, by executive creative director Kevin McKeon, creative director Jason Koxvald, copywriters Josh Greenspan and Todd Beeby, producer Sherri Levy.

Filming was shot by director Dante Ariola via MJZ Los Angeles with director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, executive producers David Zander, Jeff Scruton, and producer Natalie Hill.

Editor was Adam Pertofsky at Rock Paper Scissors with assistant editor Neil Meiklejohn.

Post production and VFX were produced at The Mill, New York, by executive producer Jo Arghiris, VFX producers Zu Al-Kidiri and Adrienne Britzman, shoot supervisor Dan Williams, 2D lead artists Corey Brown, 3D lead artists Wyatt Savarese and Gong Myung Lee, 3D artists Dan Williams, 3D artists Hassan Taimur and Tim Kim, assist team Rosalind Paradis, Albert Cook, Melissa Graff, Randall Krueger, Brendan O’Neil, Brian Houlihan, Patrick Mahoney, and colourist Fergus McCall.

Music was produced at Human Worldwide.