180 Amsterdam & Amstel Russia Champion Friendship and Beer in New Spot
Beer brand Amstel today goes back to its roots with Pass It On, a new 60-second TVC created for the Russian market by 180 Amsterdam.
The TVC represents the start of the Serious About Beer and Friendship campaign, celebrating the spirit of friendship, which has existed ever since the beer was created by two friends in 1870. It is the first major piece of work for Heineken Russia to be created by 180 Amsterdam since winning the business in a competitive pitch, in late 2015.
180 Amsterdam was tasked with repositioning the Amstel brand as a premium European beer whose drinkers are a little more mature in their life choices, their friendships and their choice of tipple.
Pass It On is set in a timeless European village, rich in characters, humanity and charm. It depicts a group of friends ordering an Amstel for their absent friend and passing it along to him, via a chain of assorted townspeople on foot, bike, car, truck and boat.
The film was shot by award-winning director Bjoern Ruehmann (Blink Productions) and will break across Russia from this month.
Al Moseley, President & CCO, 180 Amsterdam, commented: "This is the sort of project that 180 Amsterdam loves. Getting under the skin of our audience with extensive research into the importance of friendship within Russian culture and turning that into a beautiful and charming campaign that elevates the brand to a new level."
Jonnie Cahill, Marketing Director, Heineken Russia, added: “Amstel - being a brand that was founded by two friends - gave us the authority to speak to our consumer about such an relevant cultural theme. This campaign is an important step in really bringing the colourful and authentic history of Amstel to life”
Copywriter: Francesco Grandi
Art Director: Edward Ryder
Executive Creative Director: Dan Treichel and Dave Canning
Executive Producer: Bethany Papenbrock
Creative Agency: 180 Amsterdam
President: Al Moseley
Planners: Ben Armistead
Account Management: Jim O’Regan
Digital Production Company
Managing Director: Stephen Corlett
Music and Sound
Sound Design: Henning Knoepfel
Music Production: Soundtree
Composer: Luis Almau
Editor: Thomas Grove Carter
Edit Company: Trim, London
Producer: Jemma Daniel/Harriet Cawley
Post Production / VFX
Colour Producer: Lily Cleasby
Colourist: Toby Tomkins @ Cheat
Producer: Serena Noorani
Post Production House: Electric Theatre Collective
Executive Producer: Ben Sharpe
DOP: Justin Brown
Director: Björn Rühmen
Production Designer: Steve Summersgill
Production Company: Blink
Producer: Patrick Craig