The Best Work You May Never See: DDB Canada Gives Filmmaking Power To The People For VW Joyride


Robert Goldrich
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019


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While most car companies use exotic backgrounds, slick camerawork and elaborate CGI to prove their car’s driving dynamics, Volkswagen Canada knows it doesn’t require all that to demonstrate the high-end performance of the All-New 2019 Jetta GLI. Instead, VW took the opposite approach.  The automaker empowered the locals of a small Canadian city, including VW fans, skateboarders, and even a dog to capture the performance of the Jetta GLI as it flies through their streets, using their phone cameras, point-and-shoots, drones and GoPros to record footage for its latest advertising campaign.

The attention-grabbing, stunt-filled film, “Power to the People,” edits multiple shots from the same angles taken by nearly 100 people to tell the story of Nascar driver Maryeve Dufault returning to her hometown of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, for an adrenaline-charged joyride in the Jetta GLI.

Developed in partnership by DDB Canada and performance driving and content crew Hoonigan Media Machine, director Brian Scotto, who helmed Ken Block’s Gymkhana series, armed locals with a how-to of optimal camera angles and techniques; but also, with the creative freedom to capture the unexpected and to experiment. The content was then woven together to tell a high-performance story of the car from the people’s perspective.

“VW has always been the people’s car, so it was only natural to enlist them to tell our story,” said Brent Choi, CEO and chief creative officer, DDB Canada.  “That said, this isn’t your every day crowd-sourced film.”

Campaign creative includes a 90, 30 and 15-second versions of the film, in both English and French, which appear in cinemas and online. A YouTube masthead digital and social advertising, and in-cinema games round out the campaign.  


Client Volkswagen Agency DDB Canada Brent Choi, chief creative officer; Erin Kawalecki, VP, creative director; Eric Grimes, copywriter; Carla Rimando, art director; Sumit Anjwani, Shaya Omidvar, Julia Morris, producers; Kristian Visconti, strategy; Steph Joudrey, social media strategy. Production Hoonigan Media Machine Brian Scotto, director; Pierre Wikberg, DP; Gil Marsden, exec producer; Sebastien Poussard, line producer; Melissa Broker, production designer; The people of Sorel-Tracy, QC, camerapersons. Postproduction Hoonigan Media Machine Keegan Wilcox, editor; Jerimiah Morey, colorist. Audio Hoonigan Media Machine Barry Neely, sound mix; Randy Torres, sound design. VFX/Animation Hoonigan Media Machine

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