Wieden+Kennedy unleashed a viral tsunami when they released Nike’s Write the Future ad for the upcoming world cup. So, it was only a matter of time before Adidas counter-attacked with Sid Lee, probably one of the most creative agencies ever to come out of the province of Quebec.
Going in a totally other way, Sid Lee partnered with Partizan and The Mill, two huge players in the production and post-production domain, to create a remix of the Star Wars’ bar scene. The ad, or should I call it a short-film, features Beckham, Daft Punk, Noel Gallagher, Snoop Dogg and bunch of other celebrities. The compositing of the original Star Wars images with the images they recreated is really a thing of beauty. The lighting is perfectly similar and the color grading makes the fusion of the footage seemless. The script and scenario are funny and fresh and make you want to look at this ad over and over.
One thing I have to point out, is that The Mill was in charge of post-production on both this, AND Nike’s Write the Future. I don’t know how they managed to do that, but there must have been a lot of coffee and Red Bull drank at their offices in the last months. Huge props to them.
So, the battle is on between Adidas and Nike, who’ll get the most views by the end of the world cup…