Friday, March 26, 2010

Burger King TVCs - Have it your way

It's been a while since I've posted some TVC's on my blog. Wait no more. My latest offering, 3 spots for Burger King that bring an emotional and pretty funny spin on "Have It Your Way". The spots are about two Saudi friends on holiday in the States. They're having burgers with two typical American girls and we follow their conversations. The spots were shot and produced in Beirut by Zoe and Directed by Chadi Younes.

Creative Director: Vincent Raffray
Art Director: Vincent Raffray
Copywriter: Dario De Albequerque
Director: Chadi Younes

Burger King - Open Late Print

We were asked to communicate that Burger King stays open until the wee hours of the morning. Thomas and Kris came up with the following campaign showing the villains of the night that we know all to well, enjoying their favourite meal after a umm night out. The ads were shot in South Africa and Dubai by French photographer Ben Dauchez and retouched by Thomas himself. A job well done! The series comprises of four ads which will run in press and outdoor.

Creative Director: Vincent Raffray
Art Director: Thomas Derouault
Copywriter: Kris Richardson
Photographer: Ben Dauchez

Monday, February 16, 2009

Burger King Ambient Stamp

Creative Director: Vincent Raffray
Art Director: Thomas Derouault
Copywriter: Kris Richardson

Good Stuff For Your Ears

We’ve always been great admires of the guys at BKP and we use them regularly for the production of our radio ads. We were recently ask to come up with some ads for them and in true Tonic style, we created the following campaign. Art Directed by Thomas Derouault and photographed by French photographer Ben Dauchez this campaign simply cannot be ignored.

Instead of using models, we used BKP's target audience - normal agency folk like you and I, not that there's anything normal about these people :) The following three ads are running in print and the last three will be used as posters.

Creative Director: Vincent Raffray
Art Director: Thomas Derouault
Copywriter: Kris Richardson
Photographers: Ben Dauchez and Thomas Derouault

Burger King Chocolate Soufflé

We’ve used illustrations in the past for Burger King with our BK Joe campaign and it worked wonders. There’s a lot of freedom with illustrations that you don’t necessarily have with traditional photography and here is another example. These illustrations were beautifully created by Renata Giovannoni and the stories written by Kris Richardson. Full of fun, full of drama and perfect for the product on offer – the deliciously indulgent Burger King Chocolate SoufflĂ©.

Kid's Park Zoo Campaign

These ads are for the Kids Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi created by the Rio Brothers Valerio and Dario. These simple executions show us that you can keep costs down and still create a memorable campaign that kids will love and remember.

Creative Director: Vincent Raffray
Art Diretctor: Valerio Barragli
Copywriter: Dario De Albuquerque

Monday, September 8, 2008

Burger King Joe Campaign

We recently won the Burger King Account. A lot of people have been wondering what we'll be doing for them - wonder no more. Here are some of the first bits of creative done on this really great account with a lot of awesome work to follow.

These will roll out in Print, as Posters and Tray Liners.

Creative Director - Vincent Raffray
Art Director - Diya Ajit
Copywriter - Kris Richardson

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ambient Media - Al Noor Association for the Blind

We take a lot of things for granted especially our sense of sight. For those people that are visually impaired, there are some wonderful organisations like the Al Noor Association for the Blind that are willing to lend a hand.

Our goal was to raise as much awareness as possible for the Al Noor Association for the Blind. Sleeping masks with a message that said, “What if you could never take these off” were placed in Business Class sections of selected airlines. Sleeping masks, which are handed out during most flights, represent a perfect opportunity to communicate with an affluent target audience. When these masks are placed over the eyes, you can just imagine what life must be like for a visually impaired person. A simple idea with a very powerful message.

This piece was Art Directed by Diya Ajit.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bic - Not just pens

In true Tonic style and simplicity, I bring you our latest campaign – Bic. What a great brand and what a great client. If you say Bic to someone, immediately you think pens. After this campaign, people will know that Bic are more than just stationery. Carefully illustrated by Satwik Saraswati and Art Directed by Diya Ajit and Peter Walker, these ads give new meaning to simplicity. I love them!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Only human by Bafco

Finally a new campaign for 2008 worth posting. Been so busy working on property clients that I’m about to lose my mind (maybe I already have). Anyway, Bafco have always given us creative leeway and this year was no exception. This was a campaign that we wrote and rewrote because we never knew where to draw the line. Here are the first four ads, there might be more depending on how well they are received. All pics were shot by Peter Walker and the styling, props and locations were provided by Nadia Marto from Production Planning Solutions in Dubai (+97150 429 4087)

This is Elliot. He still lives with his mother. This is his car. This is his best friend. His idea of fun. How he spends most of his evenings. And this is his job. The only thing that stops Elliot from putting a bullet through his middle-aged balding head is coming to work everyday where he can be more productive in his ergonomically designed office chair and feel like a real player.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Copywriters Wanted

Out of desperation comes inspiration. I really needed to get some portfolios from writers (a scarce commodity in this region). I had a few ideas in my head, but this one just seems to get people every time.

Borrowed from a wordplay I found online, I thought it made the perfect recruitment ad for Tonic.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Trends Magazine

We’re often asked to do barter deals with some of our suppliers. Obviously budgets are small, but sometimes you can do some cool work. This spot for Trends Magazine had to be dead simple – some people have said too simple, but I think it works well and it will get noticed.

The print ad was shot by Tommy Morris and the TV spot was digitally done by Modelcraft.

Excuse the low res of the TVC.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Magic Energy Drink

Although these three spots turned out ok, they were never meant to see the light of day. Originally, the scripts were a safe backup for our ‘big, really cool, Cannes Gold idea’. But the advertising gods were not looking down on us that day and the spot was canceled at the last minute.

Anyway, our backups were produced by Commercials in Istanbul, Directed by Olaf van Gerwen and Art Directed by Diya Ajit. The titles were done by Greg Meeks from Flic, South Africa and the music and sound design were done by MassiveMusic, Amsterdam. I think they turned out really nicely and they’ll do the job. Shooting in Istanbul was a great experience. The crew and production were great, but they fell a little short in their post. Maybe our crap budget had something to do with it.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Self Promo

Ok, ok… the visual is not that fresh, but it’s still edible. Personally I only remember seeing the logo used for a Mac repair shop where the bite in the apple had been replaced. So I did think this was a little different, besides, we were desperately in need of a Designer at the time and the ad had to go out. The Medium we used was online and the ad was posted on Within days, I had over 300 respondents and a couple of e-mails saying that we had copied some IBM ad – which I have to say, never ran either. In the end, the ad has worked and we managed to do an ad for Tonic without a Tonic logo – something that will help me the next time a client wants to make his logo bigger.

Friday, June 22, 2007

DP World Print

Again, this idea had Pete and I scratching our heads on whether to shoot and retouch or just use the power of the PC to render the image. After some discussion, we decided to render the image so that we could have more control over the results. The ad speaks for itself and communicates exactly what DP World does. Client happy. Vince happy.

Floating in a sea of stills

I was afraid of this brief when it first landed on our desk, but after meeting the client, I can honestly say that they have been a pleasure to work with. We developed an interesting TV spot for them. Shot on location in Dubai, Amsterdam and Antwerp, the spot was directed by Stillking’s Wolfberg and the post was done in Prague.

The film is made up completely of stills. We shot more than 50,000 images using three photographers. Ok, we only ended up using a fraction of that, but the results are pretty interesting. We also treated the spot with a random blur that made the ships and containers look like little toys. All in all, it was an incredibly enjoyable trip and I’m very happy with the results.

Hooked on Tetris

After a lot of hard work and a lot of pitches, I finally have the time to update the blog. We’ve been busy on a few projects, one of them being Bafco. Our second campaign for this client has been a learning curve for both Pete and I. We had a great idea for, but it was a little tricky to execute it properly. Finally we decided to put our faith in computer generated illustrations. Many factors contributed to this decision like having the leeway to move things around, change colours etc. The results are great and I think the idea comes through strongly.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Something different for the Pharmaceutical Catagory

Often advertising done for this category is crap and boring showing happy children and mothers. The idea for "Scary Vegtables" came directly from my four-year old daughter. When I asked her why she didn't want to eat her veggies, she said they were scary and there you have it - straight from the err... her mouth. A big thanks also goes out to Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for beleiving in the idea.

The campaign was shot by Tommy Morris here in Dubai. We had a scary potato, but we burried it literally and it's now a healthy potato bush growing in my garden.

Nando's "Ramadan Kareem"

I was asked by Campaign Middle East to write an article on advertising during Ramadan. I criticized the lack of creativity when it comes to this Holy Month and I had to back up my words with action. We came up with this idea in the first week of Ramadan last year and after just seven days the spot was sold, produced and running in countries around the Middle East and South Africa. I've never turned a TV ad around so quickly and thanks to the team at Nando's and Filworks, we were able to make it happen before the end of Ramadan.

We also launched the ad virally and the spot created so much interest, that I was receiving calls from Europe, the States as well as from countries around the Middle East. People started posting the ads on their blogs, on YouTube and other advertising websites. Heated debates were born and at the end of the day, the feedback was incredibly positive.

The spot was directed by Peter Walker and myself and apart from appearing on the Shots reel and on Luerzer’s Archive, it went on to win a Gold at the 2007 Epica Awards.

Sony Quotes

Here's another Sony campaign, this time for surround sound headphones. The concept was easy enough to produce, but maybe a little harder to get. For those of you that are scratching your heads right now, the idea is simple - we chose characters that don't usually speak and had them tell us clearly what they thought about Sony's new headphones. The sound quality is so good, you can actually understand what they're saying. Hey, maybe it would have been better as a TV ad.

Become The Beat

Satisfied with the "Kick" spot, Sony briefed us with two more commercials for the African markets. One of the products was for a Hi-Fi. It was quite a technical spot to produce, but in the end we were pleasantly surprised. This spot was extremely well received by the target market.

The spot was produced by Velocity South Africa and was directed by a talented young director named Jeana Theron.

Suicidal Office Furniture

What a client. They came to us and said, "go forth and create". That's exactly what we did. They had a very small media budget so the ads had to be impactful. We decided to kill off a few pieces of office furniture and leave behind a few suicide notes.

This campaign was shot by Clive Stewart in some of the most dodgiest office buildings in Johannesburg. We had some laughs.


Between jobs I try and get a little pro-active and this is where Wonderbra comes in. Playing on the fact that all magazine that come into the UAE are censored with a black marker, we thought that this device would work great on a print ad. The ad was shot in our old office and I think Pete had a great time art directing this one.

Wonderbra "Censored" has done very well for us in terms of PR and awards. It has been showcased on Luerzer's Archive and many other websites and advertising Blogs around the world. It recently won a Gold at the 2006 Epica Awards in Europe and it was also a finalist at the inaugural World Press Awards.

I like the fact that this is an ad that could only have come from this region.

A kick-ass TVC for Sony

After proving ourselves in print, Sony allowed us to pitch for a Wega TVC that was to run in Africa and the Middle East during the Soccer World Cup. This was the first time that I was presenting a TV concept to Sony. I presented one idea to them and got very little response. I thought we had lost the pitch. Two weeks later they said yes.

Shot in South Africa, the Sony "Kick" spot was directed by Adrean De Sa Garces of Velocity. The spot has appeared on Shots and has won top spot on Shoot online and Boards. It also went on to win a Bronze at the 2007 Epica Awards.

One for the Judges

I felt the need to follow up the Sony "Paperclip" with two ads that I thought would do well. Unfortunately the whole world decided to do "Thin TV" type ads and these two became part of the mix. At least they both made it into Luerzers Archive.

Sony "MicroVault"

This neat little campaign done for Sony allowed us to be the first Middle East agency to be recognised in the prestigious D&AD Annual in London. It also picked up a finalist at The One Show and won the Grand Prix at the Middle East Campaign Awards. Unfortunately the judges at Cannes decided it was not even worth a finalist. Hey you win some and you don't. It's still one of my favourite campaigns and it's definitely one for the books.