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Lexus' Future Facing Film Envisions an Electric World

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The&Partnership, director Jaron Albertin and MPC showcase Lexus' pioneering spirit in the latest film
Lexus' Future Facing Film Envisions an Electric World

Lexus International today unveiled a global campaign titled ‘Lexus Electrified,’ which was created with The&Partnership as well as award-winning director Jaron Albertin and creative production studio MPC. The global campaign envisions an electrified world in a series of future-facing films and social assets. We follow Lexus’s revolutionary all-electric concept car, the LF-30, through bold, modern environments, to then reveal the current Lexus Electrified range, demonstrating that the innovative thinking behind the LF-30 also prevails in the brand’s electrified vehicles today.  

Lexus launched the world’s first premium hybrid electric SUV in 2005; there are now 1.9m Lexus electrified  vehicles on the road. The brand’s pioneering spirit is brought to life in the campaign by the LF-30 concept car, which embodies the intuitive luxury that the marque is known for. Lexus’ leadership of the current electrified landscape today is demonstrated by showing UX, RX, NX and ES, which along with LS, LC, IS and LM display the  global line-up of exciting Lexus Electrified vehicles available today.  

Brian Bolain, global head of brand management and global marketing, Lexus International said: “This future facing campaign reinforces our position as a visionary leader in electrification. It reflects the pioneering and  innovative ethos of Lexus, that has been crafting seamless performance through electrification for over 15 years.” 

The social-first campaign includes a series of short social films and carousels that highlight key areas of innovation for Lexus. All assets contain the overarching message that with Lexus, you don’t have to imagine an electrified future; the Lexus signature human-centred approach to technology has been poured into every Lexus Electrified vehicle for years.  

Lexus International, The &Partnership London, MPC and Smuggler faced the inevitable and universal  challenges of producing and delivering a campaign during Covid. However, MPC’s industry-leading technology and innovation meant that the process was smooth and often in real-time. The result is captivating work that delivers in all respects.  

Dominic Alderson, VFX supervisor, MPC said: “With Covid conditions constantly changing the world's working  practices in 2020, we had to work out how to shoot a full car commercial with next to no shooting, and no car. We had begun to explore virtual production with a core team already, so we took that experience and applied  it to Lexus, doing a full virtual shoot inside eight different CG environments over five days - all using standard  shooting techniques, call sheets included! With Jaron Albertin directing remotely through a live session, we were able to build out over 35 shots with 20 to 30 camera options per shot. All of this was then compiled to build our edit. It was exciting to marry the creative vision of Jaron's artistic film direction alongside our incredibly technical toolset in a way that we hadn't really explored before.” 

Jaron Albertin, director said: “The virtual shoot really opened my eyes to what is possible; there was a real feeling of discovery in this process, and it was a lot of fun. The project itself encapsulated the ethos of Lexus by pushing creativity with new technology. The concept was a textural and sensory one; a chance to see feel and  touch what tomorrow could look like by using the LF-30 as a reflection into this near future.” 

The full campaign, spanning films, social carousels, digital banners and imagery, will be promoted on VOD, social media, in online display and live on Lexus websites. With assets tailored to individual markets’ needs, the campaign delivers on an international scale.  


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Client 

Client: Lexus International 

General Manager, Lexus Global Branding: Brian Bolain 

Brand Management Division: Seji Takimoto, Hiroo Togashi, Yukina Iizuka, Ema Yukiko 

Agency 

Campaign Title: ‘Imagine That’  

Car Models: LF30, ES, NX, RX, UX 

Creative Agency: The&Partnership 

Executive Creative Director: Micky Tudor  

Executive Creative Director: Yan Elliott 

Creative Director: Adam Fish 

Creative: Tom Loveless & Matt Wood 

Senior Producer: Rick Carter 

Head of Integrated Production: Charles Crisp 

Creative Producer: Angus Lees 

Business Director: Benedict Pringle 

Senior Account Director: Nathan Brocklesby  

Senior Account Manager: Hannah Gray 

Planning Partner: Oliver Egan 

Planner: Sam Smith 

Production

Production Company: Smuggler 

Director: Jaron Albertin 

Producer: Nick Fewtrell 

Managing Director: Fergus Brown 

Director of Photography: Ismail Shallis 

Post Production 

Post Production: MPC 

CG Creative Director: Carsten Keller 

CG Supervisor: Dominic Alderson 

2D Creative Director: Marcus Dryden 

2D Supervisor: Johan Alfort 

VFX Producer: Jaz Rongokea 

Colourist: Matthieu Toullet 

Editing

Editor House: Trim

Editor: Dominic Leung 

Editor’s Assistant: Magdalena Plugowska 

Editor’s Producer: Noreen Khan 

Sound 

Sound Design: Factory 

Sound Engineer: Phil Bollard 

Senior Audio Producer: Lucy Spong 

Music 

Music Composition and Soundscape: James William Blades 

Represented by: Daniel Balk 

Vocals by: Madge 

Composition Title: Pulse & Beat Electrified

Genres: Action, Dialogue

Categories: Automotive, Cars

The&Partnership, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:25:51 GMT