Let’s take a look at how this year’s Big Game ads used music to drive the story, support the message, and connect with viewers.
Acclaimed director, Goh Iromoto, talks about his concepting process, scoring the emotional spot, and how directing the cathartic commercial enabled a proper goodbye.
When it comes to advertising during Sunday’s big game, a captivating story always wins. Here’s how the CBS Sports team accomplished this with their NFL AFC Championship spot using “Across The Sea.”
Unlike so many other aspects of filmmaking, what happens in the editing room is as close to magic as you can get. Close to magic, because how exactly do you explain what it is that makes a person want to keep watching something? For Chris Franklin, this magic happens when he’s living and breathing the narrative.
Just like a good book, film or poem, a good ad requires repeat viewing. On the first watch of LaCoste’s incredible “Crocodile Inside” spot, you’ll follow the story and the spectacle, and maybe even look up the stunning song (It’s “Hymne à l’amour” by Edith Piaf). You may get a few chills or even notice the Buster Keaton-inspired moment.
Ian Pons Jewell isn’t someone to mince words. As you’ll see right from the beginning of our conversation, he’ll say exactly what’s on his mind, which also says a lot about his creative work. There’s not much in the way of compromise. He’s directed surrealist music videos and short films, and translated that style into commercials that are equally as surreal, for brands ranging from Nike and Audi to Apple and Xbox.
Ego is a strange thing in advertising, or any creative field for that matter. In one way, it seems to be essential, but in other ways (like collaborating) it’s the stick in the gears. The small thing that’ll break down the entire process, and maybe the whole agency, in the end. For Danny Hunt, Creative Director at Lucky Generals and formerly at The & Partnership, Saatchi & Saatchi, and more, he’s found the right place for it.
It’s easy to think of an ad’s soundtrack as something that enhances the emotional moments or simply fills out the rest of the edit, and sometimes that’s true. But, there are also times when the script is flipped, when music becomes the starting point, not the finish line.
There’s a myth that being a business person and a creative person are mutually exclusive, that they exist in different universes with parallel paths. According to Squarespace’s VP of Creative Ben Hughes, it’s the intersection between these paths where the real magic happens: