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Sapeurs (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People)

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Made of More
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Industry: Alcoholic drinks
Media:TV & Cinema
Market:United Kingdom
Language:English
Style: Minimalism
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Brief Explanation:
After years of war, peace has returned to Brazzaville and with it has re-emerged a group of extraordinary men: the Sapeurs, the Society of Elegant Persons of the Congo. They are working class everymen: taxi drivers, factory workers, cane cutters. However, they refuse to let their circumstances define them. Instead, they wear incredible suits and live by a simple philosophy: to defy circumstance and live with Joie de Vivre.

Filming the real Sapeurs, the ad celebrates these men who are “made of more”. While their incredible suits provide a rich visual tapestry, they merely reveal the strength of their character, and it is these inner qualities that prove a universal truth: all of us have a choice in life, we can let circumstance define us, or we can defy it.
These beacons of the human spirit remind us that we can always choose who we are.

Creative Execution:
Congo-Brazzaville is a war torn country emerging from a decades long civil war, so when the production requires “street casting in the Congo” you know it’s a challenge. Especially when experts warned we should be in and out in 48 hours.
But we wanted to be authentic and use real Sapuers. We sent a guerilla crew to live with the Sapeurs. After street casting, we shot our documentary, under the radar, with real Sapeurs on the streets of Brazzaville.
But we couldn’t shoot the TV spot there as it is technically a designated war zone. Overcoming the bureaucracy of international visas, and obtaining passports for our Sapeurs, we flew them to Durban. It not only matched Brazzaville’s unique landscape but also has the largest Congolese community.

With limited budget, we weren’t able to shoot in far-flung locations, but with great camera work, and creative locations, we were able to film everything within a 10km radius. In another challenge we set fire to a field for a one take shot precisely five minutes to sunset.
All of this had to be done in a five day shoot, using French Congolese translators, working with non-actors, who had never left Brazzaville, never been on a film set, and never had to repeat choreographed moves over and over – all with just two hand-held red cameras.
Everything took place in townships, which threw up two hijackings at gun point, strange location “negotiations”, scorpions, and AK47 toting security guards, making it a production made of more.
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Other credit:Dop Lighting Cameraman: Craig Alsop
Sound Engineer: Parv Thind, Dugal Macdiarmid
awards
D&AD 2015
Yellow Pencil Film Advertising Crafts
Direction for Film Advertising
D&AD 2015
Graphite Pencil Film Advertising Crafts
Cinematography for Film Advertising
D&AD 2015
Wood Pencil Film Advertising Crafts
Use of Music for Film Advertising
D&AD 2015
Wood Pencil Film Advertising Crafts
Casting for Film Advertising
D&AD 2015
Wood Pencil Film Advertising Crafts
Production Design for Film Advertising
D&AD 2015
Wood Pencil Film Advertising Crafts
Editing for Film Advertising
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2014
Silver Film
Alcoholic Drinks
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2014
Bronze Film Craft
Achivement in Production
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2014
Bronze Film Craft
Direction
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2014
Bronze Film Craft
Casting
Golden Award of Montreux 2014
Gold Medal Television/Cinema
Beverages
International ANDY Awards 2014
Bronze Television
New York Festival International Advertising Awards 2014
First Prize Branded Entertainment
Direction
New York Festival International Advertising Awards 2014
First Prize Branded Entertainment
Cinematography
New York Festival International Advertising Awards 2014
First Prize Branded Entertainment
Beverages: Alcoholic
New York Festival International Advertising Awards 2014
First Prize Film
Script/Copywriting
New York Festival International Advertising Awards 2014
First Prize Film
Beverages: Alcoholic
The Kinsale Shark Awards 2014
Silver Film
Best casting
The Kinsale Shark Awards 2014
Silver Film
Best direction
The Kinsale Shark Awards 2014
Silver Film
Best cinematography
The Kinsale Shark Awards 2014
Silver Film
Alcoholic drinks
The One Show 2014
Silver Pencil Video Craft
Direction
British Arrows 2014
Gold Alcoholic Drinks (90 second version)
British Arrows 2014
Silver Alcoholic Drinks (5 minute version)
British Arrows 2014
Silver Best over 60 and up to 90 second TV commercial
The Creative Circle Awards 2014
Silver Craft
Best Direction
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