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Adidas Originals Films Embody Detroit’s Creative Renaissance

The minimalist campaign was directed by IDENTITY’s Philip Andelman via Johannes Leonardo

Adidas Originals Films Embody Detroit’s Creative Renaissance

Adidas Originals and Johannes Leonardo recently tapped IDENTITY’s Philip Andelman to direct a contemporary campaign that captures the minimalist philosophy of Adidas Originals’ EQT line. The five-spot campaign expresses the creative spirit of Detroit, a forward-look city in the midst of an innovative rebirth, by featuring local artists and musicians. The campaign premiered on Instagram and is available to watch online here

“The whole theory of the EQT brand is that it’s rooted in stripped down, sparse essentialism,” said Director Andelman, “The first EQT line was born in Berlin in the early 90s, and when it was relaunched last year, Adidas Originals picked Detroit as EQT’s new home base. They’re like sister cities, raw and real, undergoing a rebirth and fostering thriving artistic communities. It’s always been a dream of mine to shoot in Detroit, and I really connected with the philosophy behind the EQT brand.”

Filmed on location, the campaign includes four 15-second spots that are mini portraits of local Detroit talent, including rapper Danny Brown, musician and creative Angel Haze, artist Tiff Massey and musician and producer Jay Daniel. The campaign embraces the undying spirit of Detroit, a city infused with soul, rising up from the ashes, as seen through the eyes of the featured artists. A longer 60-second spot culminates the creative philosophies of all four artists, shot in stripped-down locations throughout the city.

“The locations were breathtaking, haunting and beautiful. It’s easy to show ruins in Detroit, but we wanted to show a city ready to blossom and on the verge of a revival,” noted Andelman, “I worked closely with the DP, my friend Max Goldman, to select stark, empty locations that didn’t feel like ruins, and instead expressed a sense of hope that there’s a birth taking place in the city.”

The sparse locations are paired with a soft, echoed soundtrack, creating an empty canvas for an artistic renaissance in the city fueled by innovative growth and transformation.

Production Manager: Justin Townsend, Christian Wirth

Producer: John van Tuyll

Global Vice President: Alegra O’Hare (Brand Communications)

General Manager: Torben Schumacher

Clients (cont.): Ludovic Schuler, Aeneas Panayiotou

Clients: Jenny Pham, Silvia Calligher, Edi Borelli

Advertiser: Adidas Originals

Creative Agency

Strategist: Miné Cakmak

Social Creative: Hedwig Alghren (Senior), Will Nichols (The 88)

Senior Copywriter: Jeph Burton

Senior Business Affairs Manager: Ann Marie Turbitt

Senior Art Director: Hunter Hampton

Producer: Doug Moffitt

Head of Strategy: Mark Aronson

Head of Production: Adam Copeland (The 88)

Head of Integrated Production: Dana May

Group Account Director: Sam McCallum

Executive Producer: Maria Perez

Creative Directors: Wesley Phelan, Matthew Edwards

Creative Director: Ferdinando Verderi (Partner)

Creative Agency: Johannes Leonardo, The 88

Chief Creative Officer: Jan Jacobs, Leo Premutico, Harry Bee (The 88)

Assistant Account Executive: Sara Sharpe

Account Supervisor: Gulru Soylu

Account Director: Dom Dalton

Interactive / Digital Agency

Senior Account Manager: Tyler Murphy

Music and Sound

Sound Mix: Mr Bronx

Sound Engineer: Eric Hoffman, Juan Aboites (Social Films)

Executive Producer: Molly Burke (Mr Bronx), Greg Tiefenbrun (Duotone)

Audio Post Production: Duotone (Social Films)


Producer: Lauren Hafner Addison (Brand), Nick Curran (Social)

Executive Producer: Caryn Maclean

Editor: Marco Perez (Brand Films), John Wilson (Social)

Edit Company: Union Editorial (Brand Films), Loroto (Social)

Post Production / VFX

Grade: Company 3

Colour Producer: Alexandra Lubrano

Colourist: Tom Poole (Brand), Kath Raisch (Social)

Print / OOH

Print Producer: Adam Gong

Production Company

Production Company: IDENTITY

Producer: Josh Goldstien

Executive Producers: Joe Masi, Alana Hearn

DOP: Max Goldman

Director: Philip Andelman

Genre: Documentary , Fashion & Beauty , People