As Sir Peter Blake often said, if it's not hard, it's not worth doing. And there's no doubt trying to get a bunch of young kids to stick to a script is fairly difficult. But one of the major pay-offs of working with children is that you might get to release an out-takes video, like this very entertaining behind-the-scenes number for Z's latest campaign by Assignment Group and Exposure's Kevin Denholm.
Who's it for: Ford by JWT and Flying Fish
Why we like it: As JWT's creative director Cleve Cameron says, it's 'the ad as content thing' and creating a music video means people might actually want to watch it. 'Tis a good way to connect the brand to X Factor NZ—and, with the obligatory car porn in a host of appealing Kiwi landscapes, to New Zealanders.
Who's it for: h2go by Colenso BBDO and Flying Fish
Why we like it: While bottled water is one of the most ridiculous products ever invented and shouldn't really exist in New Zealand, credit to the brand, which has just launched its designer bottles, for laying a few easter eggs around the Auckland streets (and, given the prevalence of flying fish in the ad, for using the appropriate production company).
Who's it for: McDonald's by DDB NZ and Flying Fish.
Why we like it: A trifecta for Flying Fish and a quinella for the X Factor sponsors with this all-singing, all-dancing and all-eating number for McDonald's.