The X7, BMW’s first standard seven-seater, is the German automaker’s biggest model ever. It’s only fitting that it launches alongside an ambitious epic poem.
Behold the Legend of Ol’ McLanden. A fictitious folktale read by Chris Pine that takes us through the heroics of an unknown hero who conquers everyday obstacles, although these hurdles are blown up to mythical proportions.
And as McLanden’s ordinary day becomes legendary at every turn, it becomes clear that not every hero has what it takes to battle the bulls of the bank, beat Roy the Destoyer, and outrace the Rogues of Razorback Ridge.
Then again, not every hero is sitting behind the wheel of the largest BMW ever created. Journey with McLanden and the epic X7, as they make everyday legendary.
Released: February 2019
Our first campaign for BMW, “Summer On,” explores Einstein’s relativity theory, which states that time isn’t absolute, but a function of speed. Therefore, the faster one moves, the slower one senses the passing of time. When brought to a brand level, the spot brings to life how a second inside a BMW is different than a second outside a BMW. The voiceover explains how the miracle of summer happens, and the math behind it: Only 93 days. Or 8 million seconds.
Released: June 2018
How do you transport the all-new BMW X5 from the factory in South Carolina to the stage of the LA auto show? You drive.
While every other car maker transports their brand-new models to auto shows in carriers, we took a different route and drove the all-new BMW X5 for nearly 3,000 miles across 11 states, taking as few detours as possible. The 10-day journey started at the BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and headed west directly to the LA Auto Show. When we finally got there, BMW’s CEO, Bernhard Kuhnt, drove the dirty vehicle onto the stage—a move that surprised an audience used to seeing only the shiniest cars.
During the trip we challenged the X5 with all sorts of obstacles and real events, including an unexpected way to cross the Mississippi River, a real-life demolition derby in Tennessee, cornfields, ranches, public events and a high school football game in Texas. To ensure the authenticity of the journey, we captured every scene in real locations found along the way, including all the people and animals shown. No actors were ever cast. The result is the ultimate portrait of the X5’s capabilities and a beautiful picture of America’s heartland.
Released: December 2018