Evolve, the national organization focused on making gun safety and responsibility the social norm, follows up its 2014 viral film success ‘Playthings’ with a print series that further illustrates the importance of keeping guns locked up when ever-so-curious children are at home. Four charmingly provocative ads feature kids playing with all manner of taboo household items – condoms, mom’s lacey lingerie, maxi pads, sex toys and tampons – with the simple reminder: ‘If they find it, they’ll play with it.’ That’s an embarrassing prospect if kids find a lacey bra, but it’s a terrifying one if they find an unlocked gun. The new initiative also includes out of home, digital and social elements.
NOAH Menschen für Tiere (NOAH People for Animals) is running a print advertising campaign raising awareness of rhinoceros slaughter. A rhino is shown with its two horns being whittled away to form miniature sculptures. “The fine art of exterminating an entire species. Rhinos have survived predators, climate change and disease for 50 million years. But it’s Asia’s soaring demand for rhino horn that will doom them: every 14 hours a rhino is killed. Help us save the last rhinos.” Although most of the market in rhinoceros horn in Asia is linked to medicinal use, there is a growing market in rhino horn sculpture.
Lexus used the 2015 Super Bowl game to run “Make Some Noise”, a commercial introducing the NX Turbo and hybrid. Set in a parking building, “Make Some Noise” brings together drivers and dancers, with a soundtrack inspired by NX-generated sounds, including the beep from the car unlocking, the sunroof opening and the engine revving. The voiceover: ““Go beyond utility: introducing the Lexus first-ever NX Turbo and Hybrid from Lexus. Be seen. Be heard. Make some noise.”
American Express has launched “The Journey Never Stops”, an advertising campaign run during television coverage of the 2015 Academy Awards. Aretha Franklin, Natalie Young, Nick Woodman and Mindy Kaling share their journeys to success and the road they traveled to get them there. We are all on journeys. The visionaries. The underdogs. The artists. The long shots. The homegrown heroes who make every day a little better. Amex has posted 30 second, 60 second and 90 second versions of each commercial on their YouTube channel, along with a two-minute Anthem collation of all four stories.
Apple has launched “Make A Film With iPad”, a commercial featuring excerpts from a speech by film director Martin Scorcese. Scorcese delivered the commencement speech to NYU Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014. In this commercial we’re shown student film directors from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts using iPads to write, produce, shoot, score and edit their films. Directors Juliet Chin, Miu Jun and Chester Milton, along with Park Pictures film directors Chris Wilcha and AG Rojas, used the iPad Air 2 and its iSight camera with 1080p 30fps video recording. Apple’s campaign, launched during the 2015 Academy Awards, includes an iPad Film page featuring iPad apps used in the script writing, production and post production.