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13 November 2018

Ballsy van ad.

by Jason Stone


VW Vans: “Check-Up” - 30s

At last week's Ciclope Festival in Berlin, Richard Brim spoke about the value of a WTF? moment in advertising. (Incidentally, if you weren't there, DAVID heartily recommends you track down this talk as soon as it's hoisted on to the Ciclope website.)

This film for VW's vans out of Brim's agency adam&eveDDB has a really powerful WTF? moment. Wherever you think this might be leading as a mechanic runs through a checklist of what's what, not many of you will anticipate that the van's owner is so impressed by this exhibition of thoroughness that he's going to expose his nether regions in hope of a similarly rigorous examination.

Men are notoriously reticent about investigating lumps which appear where they shouldn't and this is a neat way of pressing home the importance of getting an expert to take a look if there's even the slightest possibility that it's warranted.

Jim Gilchrist's light touch provides a perfect balance and ensures that the WTF? moment is maximised. And, importantly, that the health message is perfectly measured against the idea that VW's mechanical examination is reassuringly thorough.


Creative Agency: adam&eveDDB Ⓟ Ⓦ
CCO: Richard Brim
Creative Director: Matt Woolner / Steve Wioland
Creative: Will Blackburn / Lily Scarlett
Managing Partner: Sam LeCoeur
Account Manager: Charlotte Ellison
Business Team: Matthew Harris
Planner: Matt Walters / John Blight
Agency Producer: Hannah Needham
Film Production: Outsider Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Jim Gilchrist Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Tex Travi
Cinematographer: Luke Scott Ⓦ (Vision Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Editor: Ben Campbell Ⓦ @ Cut+Run Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Amie Kingsnorth / David Keegan @ nineteentwenty
VFX: Chrys Aldred
Colourist: Duncan Russell @ Freefolk Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Munzie Thind Ⓦ @ Grand Central Ⓟ Ⓦ

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