Hotspur and Argyle

The Post Office’s Star Studded Christmas Campaign by David Kerr

Robert Webb stars as the larger-than-life ‘Minister of Christmas’ in David Kerr’s new campaign for the post office. Accompanied by the insouciant ‘Doobie’, his mini-me dachshund sidekick, the minister sets about helping Pixie Lott, Jim Carter, Amanda Holden and Gino D’Acampo get their Christmas preparation under control in a hive of jolly yuletide activity. Staff from across the Post Office’s 11,500 branch network also appear in the ads which highlight an extended range of services now on offer.

Dubbed ‘Get Christmas all Wrapped Up’, the campaign was created by FCB Inferno (CD Colin Mitchell, Copywriter Ali Dickinson and Art Director Jack Walker) and marks the first time the Post Office has advertised on TV at Christmas in five years.

Philipp Blaubach was DP and production design was by Jonathan Lee.

The Playroom’s Adam Spivey edited, post was done at Unit and colourist was Aubrey Woodiwiss at Electric Theatre. The campaign was produced by Victoria Lynn at Hotspur & Argyle and Mandy Boyter took charge for FCB Inferno.

Click the image above to see the first of the campaign’s three spots.

 

 

Isaac The Bull Sacked in Theo Delaney’s Quotezone Spot

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A one ton Gloucester bull called Isaac co-stars in Theo Delaney’s new Quotezone commercial for agency Red Brick Road. Isaac plays the part of Bill, the hapless bovine employee who is reluctantly ‘let go’ by his boss – played by Matthew Houlihan – because Quotezone is all about price comparison ‘without the… you know’. Shot in sunny Barnet, Isaac was provided by legendary animal coordinator Trevor Smith who advised no sudden movements or noises around the beast. In the event the shoot passed without incident apart from a moment of panic from a camera assistant (we won’t name him) who tried to escape through a plate glass partition when Isaac looked at him funny. Red Brick Road creatives were Matt Davis, Richard Megson and Tom Skinner and agency producer was James Tracy. Victoria Lynn produced for H&A, production designer was Toby Stevens and the spot was lit by Ben Butler and edited by Rebecca Luff of Tenthree.

Madly Hot Edward John Drake Signs For Hotspur & Argyle

 

We are beyond excited to announce the signing of wunderkind director Edward John Drake.

Currently taking the world of music videos by storm, uber music site 405 describes him as having ‘mad heat’ adding: ‘With genre-defining artists like Klangkarussell, the Stanton Warriors and Kat Krazy paying generously for his time, he’s become the go-to guy in electronic music for brave characters and thought provoking themes’.

His latest music promo for Austrian electro duo Klangkarussell is an extraordinary nine-minute single-shot Steadicam affair that follows a protagonist through a South London council estate as he encounters a series of strange and unsettling characters.

Australian by birth and splitting his time between Los Angeles and London, Edward brings a lateral and fearless approach to his work as you might expect of a 23 year old who is the former assistant of iconic filmmaker Mark Romanek and he is straining at the leash to apply his abundant gifts and energy to commercials.

Find out more in this 405 interview and view the Klangkarussell video here.

Blackpool is back and this time it’s personal

This whistle-stop tour of contemporary Blackpool conducted by seven year old tour guide Oliver Nelson is Theo Delaney’s personal paean to Britain’s greatest seaside town. Featuring a host of attractions and an astoundingly assured performance by its young star, the film aims to reinvigorate the nation’s love of the Las Vegas of Lancashire. Scripted by TBWA Manchester’s Becci Tyrrell and Adam Richardson – who recently cleaned up at the Roses Awards – the commercial benefits from cinematography by Danny Cohen (The Kings Speech, Les Miserables etc) and editing by Scott Crane of The Quarry. TBWA’s producer was Rose Bulow and Victoria Lynn took charge for Hotspur & Argyle.

David Kerr’s Duelling Dildos Deliver Serious Message

If you have an important message on a sensitive issue, say it with dildos. That’s the lesson learned from the story of David Kerr’s PSA for Evolve Inc which campaigns for greater responsibility among American gun owners. The film shows a couple of kids sword fighting with marital aids discovered in the family home while their embarrassed mothers look on. Evolve’s co-founder Rebecca Bond explains:  “Our PSA is humorous, but the message is serious. Parents need to take ownership of safety in the house. If you don’t want kids to play with it, put it away – it’s up to you to keep your stuff locked up. We’re using humor to cut through political correctness and deliver a simple message. Americans can have a serious conversation about firearm safety that doesn’t devolve into a political abyss.”  The film’s naturalistic performances are deftly handled to deliver maximum humour and resonance and at the time of writing it had achieved two and a half million youtube views in less than a week.  Shot in Los Angles with Hotspur & Argyle’s US partner company Private School Entertainment the idea came out of McCanns New York.

Fantasista Film, Show and Competition!

This beautiful film celebrating great goals from World Cups down the years is the work of the inimitable Richard Swarbrick and has been made to mark a special pop up fantasista exhibition hosted by our friends at The Assembly Rooms from Monday 23 June. The inaugural exhibition from fantasista, the football artists group, took place a year ago in Waterloo and this new compact show, specially mounted to coincide with events in Brazil, features work from Quiet British Accent, Dave Merrell, Ezequiel Suranyi, Haarala Hamilton and the aforementioned Mr Swarbrick.

The football obsessives here at Hotspur & Argyle are so excited by all this that they’ve decided to lay down this simple competition-challenge for fellow devotees of the beautiful game: can you name all the scorers in the film? If you can, drop us an email to worldcup@hotspurandargyle.co.uk. All the correct entries received by the closing date of July 14 (aka World Cup Final Day) will be placed in a hat and one lucky winner will receive a signed, one-off, super high quality Richard Swarbrick print. Listen carefully and you’ll find a couple of the answers in the soundtrack – as for the rest, good luck!

World Cup Fever

World Cup fever grips Hotspur & Argyle not least because of our contributions to the half time match breaks. Ogilvy’s emotive Coca Cola spot combines excerpts from previous football executions with new original footage from director Theo Delaney.

TBWA\Chiat\Day’s star studded Adidas spot directed by City Of God helmsman Fernando Meirelles features the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Daniel Alves and music by Kanye West. We’re proud to say that the British leg of its epic shoot was a Hotspur & Argyle production.

Rune Milton’s geek finds inner peace for Global Connect

Cult status surely beckons for Rune Milton’s new campaign for Global Connect – the cloud solutions company – and the head of IT who finds a kind of sublime inner peace by outsourcing all his technical problems. The campaign’s gentle pace and hyper-geek styling provide the perfect context for its hero’s antics, which include compiling mix tapes for the office disco and taking afternoon power naps with the chief exec. The three commercials were written by Rune and creative director Lars Busekist, Rune edited the films himself and the DP was regular collaborator Jacob Møller.

Click on the above image to view all three films.

Blind launch Sting’s Broadway musical ‘The Last Ship’

A new Broadway Musical from Sting, The Last Ship, is to be launched with this elegant animated film from Blind. Presented with an open brief – akin to one for a music video – Blind’s objective was to tell a beautiful visual story that is emotionally tethered to the musical. After reading the play’s script, they developed a narrative about the father son relationship spanning multiple generations. The red ship is the visual thread connecting each scene and neatly linking back to the production’s logo.
The agency was SpotCo with creative from Stacey Lieberman Prince and Darren Cox and the agency producer was Tom Coppola. Music, unmistakably, came from Sting.

 

Click here to view the film.