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The Macallan Makes the Call in the Whisky Brand’s First Ever Global Campaign

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J . Walter Thompson London and RSA’s Juriaan Booij launch an acrophobia-inducing spot

The Macallan Makes the Call in the Whisky Brand’s First Ever Global Campaign
J. Walter Thompson London has created a new long-term brand campaign for the world’s most precious single malt scotch whisky brand, The Macallan. ‘Make The Call’ launches on 19th November 2018 with an integrated global media plan featuring a hero 90-second film.

Focusing on key markets including the USA, Mexico, Taiwan, China, and UK, the digital-first campaign also includes TV and cinema. ‘Make The Call’ offers encouragement to a new generation of luxury consumers, who are faced with increasingly complex and often daunting life decisions. The hero film is a fantastical visual metaphor that brings the campaign idea to life.

J. Walter Thompson creative director Paul Rizzello says: “The pressure of a big decision often makes us hesitate just when success is within reach. We’re so afraid of getting it wrong, we end up avoiding those decisions altogether. This story is about someone who decides to go for it. He makes the call.”

The film was directed by Juriaan Booij out of RSA Films and shot by John Mathieson, the twice Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind Gladiator and X-Men. The visual effects by Absolute Post Production have pioneered new techniques from the first use of motion capture in a wind tunnel, to 3D cloudscapes created using VR headsets.

J. Walter Thompson executive creative director Lucas Peon adds: “One of the most refreshing things about this campaign is that it avoids the category clichés of heather, leather and weather.. To get the attention of people who wouldn’t necessarily drink single malt, you have to do something more provocative and authentic.”

The Macallan parent company, Edrington , appointed J. Walter Thompson as its first global creative agency for The Macallan in June 2018 following a competitive pitch. Creative and strategic work has been led by J. Walter Thompson London, with support from network offices including Moscow and Shanghai, and sister agency Hudson Rouge in New York.

Paul Condron, global brand controller at The Macallan, comments: “The ‘Make The Call’ campaign announces a new chapter in the history of this remarkable brand. J Walter Thompson have absolutely done that history justice by creating a film of the highest quality and craft.”
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Brand: The Macallan

Media Agency

Media Agency: Zenith


Sound Company: Grand Central Recording Studios

Sound Engineer: Munzie Thind

Producer: Molly Butcher

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: J. Walter Thompson London

Executive Creative Director: Lucas Peon

Creative Director: Paul Rizzello

Creatives: Katia Schutz, Stefan Foster

Planner: Adrian Langford, Neil Godber

Account Management: David Clyde, Fiona McGinley, James O’Reardon

Senior Broadcast Producer: Doug Wade

Assistant Producer: Greg Nicholls

Creative Producer: James Aubin

Photographer: Jason Pietra / Absolute Post

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Absolute Post Producton

VFX Supervisor: Ben Robards

Head of CG: James Coore

Creative Director: James Coore, Matt Turner

Executive Producer: Sally Heath

Chief Creative Officer: David Smith

Production Company

Production Company: RSA Films

Director: Juriaan Booij

Producer: Lisa Joseph


Editor: Tom Boucher

Edit Company: Absolute Post Producton

Genres: Visual VFX, People, Action, Scenic

Categories: Spirits, Alcoholic Beverages

Wunderman Thompson London, Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:51:50 GMT