Vodafone Encourages Cinemagoers to Switch off with Trailer-Esque Ads

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The three films from DDB NZ and Goodoil will be running in Event Cinemas from now through September
Vodafone Encourages Cinemagoers to Switch off with Trailer-Esque Ads

There’s nothing worse than your phone going off mid-movie and feeling the glare of an entire theatre on the back of your neck. To encourage moviegoers to switch off their phones before their films, Vodafone NZ, DDB and Goodoil have enlisted the help of the actors on-screen, and created a series of 20-second cinema spots disguised as big blockbuster trailers.

In each spot, directed by Goodoil’s Michelle Savill, the hero of the film is rudely interrupted in the middle of their defining moment by an incoming phone-call.

Mixed in 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, each call appears to originate from a back corner of the theatre, confusing and frustrating everyone, including the heroes on screen, who promptly admonish the unseen offender.

Says Damon Stapleton, chief creative officer, DDB New Zealand: “Hopefully our not-so-subtle guilt trips will make people think twice. We’ve all been there, and it sucks.”

Says Nileema Allerston, Vodafone: “I think the team have done an incredible job delivering an important message in a super fresh, contextual way. I’m looking forward to phone-free movies.”

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Client

Advertiser: Vodafone NZ

Production Company

Director: Michelle Savill

DOP: Maria Innes Manchego

Executive Producer: Mark Foster

Grade: Blockhead

Offline Editor: Tim Mauger

Online Editor: Blockhead

Production Company: Goodoil Films

Sound Design: Jon Cooper – The Coopers

Creative Agency

Art Director: Stan Lee

Business Partner: Natalie Pierpoint

Chief Creative Officer: Damon Stapleton

Copywriter: Aiken Hutcheon

Creative Agency: DDB New Zealand

Creative Director: Freddie Coltart; Matthew Williams

Executive Producer: Judy Thompson

Lead Business Partner: Karla Fisher

Senior Business Partner: Helen Darwin

Senior TV Producer: Charlotte Glennon

Genres: Comedy, People, Dialogue

Categories: Utilities, Mobile Network

DDB New Zealand, 1 year ago