Unfortunately, the IT department is often overlooked and regarded as unnecessary overhead, but HP set out to change that with the new film, Chain Reaction. The short film invites viewers to escape their couches, kitchen counters and makeshift home offices and follow one unlikely hero, the IT manager, on a globe-trotting adventure that’s reminiscent of simpler times, when work and travel were one in the same. The heist film follows the chain reaction of events that occur when a new IT manager, Wendy Weber, joins a company and helps the unlikely cast of characters pull off the deal of the decade.
Released: November 2020
In 2020, working from home became the new norm. And the ability to stay connected virtually allowed us to pull off what was previously unimaginable.
And pulling off the unimaginable takes center stage in our holiday campaign for client Xfinity. Titled “The Greatest Gift,” this short film starring Steve Carell and directed by MJZ’s Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya and Disney’s forthcoming Cruella)—finds Santa Claus summoning his merry band of North Pole elves. Given the rough year 2020 has been, a sleep addled, stress-eating Santa says the usual toys and gifts just aren’t going to cut it. The elves will have to come up with something bigger and better. After an initial panic, the elves soon realize there’s one thing everyone truly needs in this most unusual year: a little more togetherness.
Released: November 2020
Fear can make you see crazy things. Like a gun. That’s a sad truth for black Americans, who are three times more likely than white people to be killed by police. To raise awareness of this issue and to offer a solution, we partnered with Courageous Conversation Global Foundation, to launch the “Not a Gun” campaign.
Inspired by real cases, the 360-campaign includes an outdoor and print portion that re-imagines products such as candy bars and cell phones in the hands of people of color, re-labeling them to say “Not a Gun.”
In addition, we produced a film that follows a black man ordering a candy bar, just like his white counterparts. But instead of being handed candy, he’s handed a gun. The film highlights the disturbing issue of unconscious bias against people of color in situations where firearms are presumed to be present.
The work all leads to NotAGun.org, where people can sign a petition calling for more de-escalation training in police departments, as well calling for them to take unconscious-bias training administered by CCGF.
Please visit NotAGun.org to help everyone get home safe.
Released: February 2020
This year, Doritos® introduced new Flamin’ Hot Limón. The bold heat of Flamin’ Hot, now with a twist. To announce the news, we transformed world famous recording artist Post Malone into his new alter ego – Post Limon – the ultimate brand spokesperson for the new flavor.
The spot, directed by Terence Neale, launches during the Grammy Awards and features Post’s chart-topping track “Wow” off his latest album Hollywood is Bleeding. We tapped real characters from Post’s entourage to star alongside him, including his longtime tattoo artist Kyle Hediger, who may or may not add some new triangular artwork to Post’s face. For the launch, Post Malone even changed his name to Post Limon across his social accounts. Without further ado, Doritos Flamin’ Hot Limon presents: #PostLimon.
Released: January 2020