While Donald Trump was clinging onto the doors of the White House and screaming as they dragged him out; somebody, somewhere, was opening a packet of crisps. A universal snack, there’s an incomparable, simple pleasure that comes from a crisp. Capable of momentarily helping you forget about the troubles of the world, we tried to bring this feeling to life in our latest ad for Seabrook crisps.

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In 1945 Charles Brook (aka C. Brook, aka Seabrook) did some experimenting with a deep fat fryer in their fish and chip shop, and introduced the nation’s first crinkle cut crisps. Now an iconic British picnic staple, our task was to produce a stand-out TV spot which reflected the personality of the Seabrook brand.


We went down the avenue of Wes Anderson symmetry, using a combination of great casting, location scouting and production design to capture the Seabrook quirkiness. Director Richard Oliver took every meticulous detail and fed it into our production machine, creating 2 x 30” commercials that cover the key Seabrook flavours.

 

Set up and result bus stop sceneSetup and result Office scene

 

Having a pandemic hit during the middle of pre-production was something we had to deal with; we’re proud to say that we took this on face first (wearing masks), we led the way with newly implemented COVID guidelines and how to safely shoot in one of the weirdest summers we’ve ever seen.

 

Art director Pete Rodwell helped to create Wes Anderson-style backdrops across 5 Manchester locations, each dedicated to one of the flavours. Taken into post production, offline and online was done in-house by our Head of Post Mike Nixon, with a gorgeous grade by Dan Moran. Both adverts will air this month.

 

Anna in the office sceneNathan in the office scene

 

Crew & Agency

Client: Seabrook Crisps

Agency: Principles Agency

Director: Richard Oliver

Producer: Hollie Newton

Production Manager: Lindsay Cowan

Production Coordinator: Nathan Miah

Production Assistant: Anna Boase

1st Assistant Director: Stevie Fylan

2nd AD: Ben Eve

D.O.P: Shaun Atherton 

Focus Puller: Sim Bala

Cam Assistant: Adam Sheldon

VT Operator: Duncan Lees

DIT: Lauchlan Scott

Gaffer: Nathan Matthews

Art Director: Pete Rodwell 

Stylist: Steven Spencer

Make Up: Lou McCann

Post

Offline + Online: Mike Nixon at The Gate Films

Grade: Dan Moran

Sound Design: SNK Studios

 

Like what you see? Think we could bring your idea to the screen, then contact us below.

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