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W+K Portland Unleashes The Beasts with New Dodge Spot

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RSA's Henrik Hansen captures the visceral energy of Dodge's new cars

W+K Portland Unleashes The Beasts with New Dodge Spot

Few new vehicles have generated as much excitement and anticipation as the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat – the fastest, most powerful muscle cars ever – and now Dodge is capturing the energy of these two vehicles, as well as the brand’s flagship supercar, Dodge Viper GTS, in two new spots debuting on the large- and small-screen, beginning July 3.

The 90-second “Predators” spot begins airing in select movie theaters across the country July 3. Both the 30- and 90-second “Predators” ads will run on major entertainment and sports cable networks beginning the week of July 5 – including A&E, Bravo, Discovery, Velocity, TBS, TNT and National Geographic. In addition, the 30-second “Predators” spot will air on a giant screen at Times Square onMonday, July 6, and during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game broadcast on Fox on Tuesday, July 14.

“The Challenger and Charger Hellcats and Dodge Viper are halo vehicles – theymake bold statements about the attitude and personality of the full Dodge lineup,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global. “The high-energy driving and aggressively shot images in ‘Predators,’ matched with a haunting soundtrack, leave little doubt in anyone’s mind that Dodge is America’s mainstream performance brand.”

“We don’t build Hellcats or Vipers for high volume, we build them as brand positioning statements,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands, FCA US LLC. “These vehicles may be a small percentage of our overall sales but they send a very strong message about the brand personality and attitude.” 

“Predators” is about how these three cars are modern beasts that trigger a deep, visceral feeling. While everyone is inside sleeping, the roads become a wide open playground. The90-second spot opens on dark roads and empty streets as the voiceover says, "We don’t have to worry about predators like our ancestors did. No sabre-tooth tigers stalking from the brush … no dire wolves circulating the camp.” Set to the music of the classic '80s song, “In the Air Tonight,” the sinister quality of the city bleeds into a visually arresting landscape as we see the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Challenger SRT Hellcat and Viper GTS racing through the landscape at night, when they have the freedom to drive as the vehicles were meant to be driven.

The voiceover continues, “There are no more monsters to fear, so we have to build our own.” Viewers see a “707 Horsepower” super over images of the Charger and Challenger and “Top Track Speed of 206 MPH” over the Dodge Viper. The spot closes with Hellcat, Dodge and Viper logos.

The spots were filmed in Miami over three nights and every image in the commercial was shot, including the alligator that morphs into the front of the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The boat scene was captured from a helicopter, drones were used in production and, instead of the usual pursuit vehicle to shoot car to car, a camera was mounted to another Hellcat, as nothing else could keep up with the speed.

The ads were created in partnership with Portland, Ore.-based independent advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy.

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Post Production / VFX

Flame: Andy McKenna / Steve Wolf / Jesper Nybroe

Post Production Company: A52

Producer: Heather Johann

VFX Supervisor: Heather Johann


Edit Company: Rock Paper Scissors

Editor: Biff Butler

Executive Producer: Angela Dorian

Producer: Ashley Bartell

Production Company

Director: Henrik Hansen

DOP: Benoit Debie

Executive Producer: Marjie Abrahams

Production Company: RSA

Line Producer: Linsa Masse

Creative Agency

Account Managers: Gillian Merrill / Derek Roth

Art Director: Danielle Delph

Business Affairs: Cindy Lewellen

Copywriter: Mike Egan

Creative Agency: W+K Portland

Executive Creative Director: Joe Staples / Susan Hoffman / Mark Fitzloff

Media Planner: Alex Barwick

Strategy: (Planner) Cat Wilson / Sarah Biedak

TV Producer: Melanie Fedunok

Head of Production: Ben Grylewicz


Executive Producer: Patty Brebner

Producer: Lauren Pullano

Sound Design: Tai Vare

Sound Mix: Noah Woodburn @ Joint

Genres: Dialogue

Categories: Automotive, Cars, Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:38:02 GMT