The launch ad in a new campaign for Sun Bingo. We won the account with this work. They wanted to highlight you could play Bingo anywhere and appeal to a new younger audience. So we took the micky out of the classic Grime track 'Are you gonna bang tho?' And used the music video premise to visit as many locations as possible. A small part of me died in that pitch room when I had to rap it to the clients. Turns out I'm a pretty good MC.
We relaunched Talk Talk, one of the largest Telecoms company here in the UK.
We spent 3 months casting to find our family. Then we let twenty-five cameras roll for two weeks in their house. No scripts. No direction. Just ous lot in a shed watching. We then came back to London and made the ads up from the ten thousand hours of footage. We even did one at Christmas.
The aim was to show it's the little moments in life that matter. Whether it's getting a text from a boy, a TV dinner or playing Candy Crush after a row. Highlighting Talk Talk as the enabler of all this lovely normalness that makes us human.
The campaign did well at British TV, Creative Circle, and Campaign Big. But for me, the best thing was that the brother and sister were asked to go onto Gogglebox because of the ad campaign. It normally works the other way around.
This stuff matters
Working from home.
Talk Talk Christmas
I've been CD on the Prince's Trust for 4 years:- Each year we've been awarded at the major award shows. Here’s a selection of the work we’ve made.
Princes Trust - CV Personal Statement-HD
Youth can do it.
In this campaign we decided not to just ‘talk the talk’ So we gave kids a chance. The script was written by Mia, a 16 year old girl who has grown up in care. We didn’t use actors. We used kids who’d been effected from the scenes they were playing. And the music was from inner-voices. An inner city choir for underprivileged children.
This was one of the first accounts we were given to run. We pitched this as an app as well as TV ad. Two years later someone else did the app and it mad a lot of cash. Bummer.
Freedom didn't have much cash so we made these posters, framed them and gave them out as signed pieces of art for landlords to hang in their pubs. And they did. So far it has picked up at every show.
This was supposed to be the start of a new campaign for Hovis. Stories of goodness was the idea. It did pretty well at all the award shows. We left the agency. Our ECD left the agency. The client left Hovis. And that was that.
Hovis was in serious trouble, so they went up for pitch. We won the business with this campaign and it ended up saving their whole business. It also won us our first Grand Prix, the campaign of the year and the public voted it Ad of the decade. Here are some proper facts.
I was CD on this account for two years. They do a lot of day to day stuff i’d never put on here, but my old ECD said it’ll toughen us up. It did.
Trident gun crime.
To deglamorize gun crime we got rappers Roll Deep, a grime collective normally associated with gun crime, to write a track that tells the story of ‘Badman’ a youth who ruins his life by getting involved with guns.
500 white labels of the track went out to pirate radio stations, influential DJs and record shops around London creating a buzz on the underground scene. We then made it available to download from websites including BBC one extra, Kiss 100 and choice FM.
Six weeks later we released the music video. The video played out on just about every major music station in the UK including a two-week slot MTV, and a one month billing MTV2, MTV base, Kiss Choice Chanel U and BBC One extra.
With only a 150k budget the results where better than we hoped for…
‘Badman’ launched on the same billing as Eminem and Madonna’s new releases. Nominated for a MOBO. It was voted MTV Music video of the year. Over 2 million hits on You tube. 8 YouTube awards including ‘Most Discussed Video’. At the time was one of the top 20 branded virals in the world. 47% of black Londoners recalled seeing the footage. Creating over 1.5 million pounds in free media. And It still being viewed and discussed today.
It also won lots of stuff and got nominated for a silver pencil.
I was CD on Virgin Money for two years. It's pretty hard work working with a bank and you do a lot of boring stuff but here are a few of the more interesting bits we managed to get through.
Virgin Money - Digital Postcards
To promote Virgin Money travel insurance we installed a green screen at Heathrow airport and let holiday goers star in there own digital postcards. These went straight on to their social feed. It was proper fun and worked a treat. Here are some of the films*
*No agency people make up this film.
We made a personalized film where marathon runners could send Steven Fry and ask for sponsorship. Here's a case study.
My first job at Saatchi's for Guinness Ireland. Shot with Daniel Wolf. Got us a pencil.
NHS Anti Smoking
In order to get mums and dads to quit smoking, we decided to give children from smoking households cameras and let them film the ad themselves, reafirming that kids really will do anything to get them to stop.
This was the first thing I got in the D&AD annual. Ahhh.
I was the lead creative on Visa Europe for two years while at Saatchi London.
The Met Police briefed us to design a leaflet to combat the rising levels of knife crime amongst London teenagers. We thought we could use the minimal budget of £55k to better effect. We created a demo for a fake computer game called ‘Knife City’. We then seeded it online in gaming forums and youth chat rooms to create hype. Then we distributed it online, in shops, on the cover of gaming magazines and at youth events across London. Altogether, ‘Knife City’ was viewed and downloaded over 250,000 times. It created numerous debates on blogs, chat rooms and forums worldwide and it was featured on BBC, ITN and Sky news and London newspapers. Copies of ‘Knife City’ have since been requested worldwide.