Is Michael K Williams being typecast? Are you? The Atlantic invites audiences to question their assumptions in a short film starring an actor known for the nuanced complexity of the characters he portrays. The film is the centerpiece of Question Your Answers, a new campaign from American magazine The Atlantic, built on The Atlantic’s 160-year legacy and the idea of of questioning conventional wisdom. In the two-and-a-half-minute film, “Typecast,” we see Michael K Williams, known for such roles as Omar Little in The Wire and Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire, wondering aloud if he’s being typecast. But we soon discover that he’s not alone: He’s debating this complicated question with four versions of himself, all representing different aspects of who he’s been and who he is today.
F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi have released a new series of stop motion animations as the centre-piece of this year’s “Every Pixel Counts” campaign, promoting the D&AD Next Awards. The Every Pixel Counts campaign spotlights the work of previous Next Award winners and the attention to detail of their creative process. Animations will be shared across all social channels over the coming weeks before entries close on 22 February. The animations were created using over 500 acrylic pieces, which were carefully lit and photographed frame by frame. It took seven days in the studio, more than 840 photos were taken, and for the animation and composition, each pixel in each frame of the film was individually separated, treated and coloured.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is running “When You Least Expect It”, a controversial integrated brand campaign that continues to reinforce the message of the sudden and unexpected devastation of heart disease: ‘Heart disease can kill when you least expect it”. The provocative element of the campaign is a commercial set in a wedding, in which the maid of honour collapses and dies. The BHF Unexpected campaign brings together a broad spectrum of media to deliver the unexpected. Real time native content was provided for a takeover of The Sun’s key editorial locations including the sports page and TV listings. Unexpected ‘lifestyle’ media including coffee cups, taxis, cinema tickets and mirror clings. The BHF Unexpected campaign seeks to act the same way that heart disease behaves in real life, with content that disrupts routines, draws the viewer in with its unexpected nature. Tailored, custom long form copy is designed to draw attention with a relevant and irreverent message, bespoke to the media. In doing so the campaign also tackles the indiscriminate nature of heart disease by delivering what feels like a direct, one to one conversation with whoever is interacting with it, but at a national audience level.
German supermarket brand Edeka is running “Eatkarus”, the story of a boy (Joseph Harmon) who dreams of flying and discovers the significance of food choices. The Edeka Eatkarus commercial was inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus, whose escape from the labyrinth of Crete was made possible with wings of feathers and wax. The story of Eatkarus shows the boy raised in an environment of obesity fuelled by gray splodge. His discovery of a bird through the window sparks a dream of flying. In the mountains he discovers the bird’s secret. “Iss wie der, der du sein willst”, is translated in English as “Eat like the one you want to be”. Edeka’s action site, edeka.de/issso, provides daily tips for diet, a body mass index calculator, and the Eatkarus film.
AirBnB’s 2017 Super Bowl commercial, “We Accept”, is a continuation of a larger advertising campaign promoting the accommodation brand’s commitment to non-discrimination. The campaign, launched in November 2016, began with a commercial featuring the faces (and eyes) of AirBnB employees. The footage was recut for a 30 second Super Bowl commercial in the week leading up to the big game, coinciding with President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration to the USA. Viewers are invited to explore the significance of opening their heart and home to a stranger who looks different than you, thinks differently, has a completely foreign lifestyle, or a birthplace from another part of the globe. Airbnb is asking everyone on their platform to accept a community commitment to inclusivity. Each host and guest is asked to agree to the Airbnb Community Commitment, which says, “I agree to treat everyone in the Airbnb community — regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age — with respect, and without judgment or bias.”