V&A Explores the Transformative Power of Creativity

The creative, by Adam&eveDDB, argues that it is creativity that makes us human

By Creative Salon

Today, the V&A launches a campaign created by adam&eveDDB to champion the belief that creativity is what makes us human. The campaign promotes the V&A’s permanent collection and encourages the public to explore the abundance of events and content both online and within the museum itself beyond the exhibitions.

The two-minute film directed by Georgia Hudson through Park Pictures tells the story of a mannequin encountering incredible art, design and performance inside the museum’s iconic South Kensington site; from fashion and jewellery to photography and sculpture, it’s the boundless creativity within the museum walls that brings our hero to life.

As the mannequin, dancer and lead choreographer Max Cookward (BBC Young Dancer 2019, Contemporary Finalist) journeys through the galleries to a haunting soundtrack from artists including FredWave, they meet other dancers along the way and gather energy and momentum as they move together through the empty museum. The film ends with the line: “Creativity – it’s what makes us human.”

The campaign is set to run across various channels including social, YouTube, Broadcaster Video on Demand and cinema.

Georgia's filmmaking is known for interrogating themes of identity, self-expression, and youth culture. Her credits include Nike, Beats by Dre, BBC, P!nk and Loyle Carner. Working with Georgia as Director of Photography was Oscar-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey.

Sophie Rouse, Head of Integrated Marketing and Insights at the V&A, said: “Our new campaign is a pure embodiment of the V&A's mission to champion design and creativity in all its forms, for everyone.This magical story is made up of a rich tapestry of creative expression - with original choreography, dance and music performance woven around the breadth of human creativity in the V&A's Collection from the Ardabil Carpet, to Michelangelo’s David and William Morris' wallpaper to contemporary works by Virgil Abloh, Christian Louboutin, Grayson Perry and Dilara Findikoglu. The V&A offers boundless opportunities for creative inspiration, joy, and adventure; as we emerge from the pandemic and look forward to the launch of three new V&A venues in London in the next three years, we want to take this experience to more people than ever before."

Mark Shanley, Creative Director, adam&eveDDB said: “There are not many brands for whom it makes sense to create art rather than advertising. But we truly agree with the V&A’s central belief that creativity is what makes us human. So we haven’t created an ad for the V&A, instead we’ve partnered with artists to create a piece of art that celebrates creativity and humanity."

A 90-second version of the film will run in cinema and a 2 minute on the V&A’s own channels, with 20-second and six-second versions running on BVOD, YouTube and social media. For this campaign the media will be handled by PHD.

The film's composer FredWave will be performing a set alongside some of the dancers from the film at the V&A's Friday Late: Freedom of Movement on April 28th, an after-hours event featuring performances, workshops, installations and music from London's emerging artists and designers.

Film Credits

Advertising Agency: adam&eveDDB, UK

Chief Creative Officer: Richard Brim

Creative Director: Mark Shanley

Copywriter: Edward Usher

Art director: Xander Hart

Agency producer: Kreepa Naisbitt / Sally Patterson

Planning Director: Claire Strickett

Planner: Cristina Artiz

Project Manager: Sam McGeorge

CEO: Mat Goff

Managing Partner: Tom White

Account Director: Charlie Poole / Rob Jones /Alex Murray

Account Manager: Foula Schanche

Business Affairs: Layla Husted

Legal Counsel: Trine Odin

Media agency: PHD

Media planner: Lauren Port / Ellie Connett

Production company: Park Pictures

Executive Producer: Fran Thompson

Producer: Kelly Brown

Production Manager: Fred Deedes

Director: Georgia Hudson

D.O.P: Seamus McGarvey

Editing Company: Trim

Editor: Paul O’Reilly / Helena Teixeira

VFX Shoot Supervisor: Matt Shires & Will Robinson

VFX Lead Supervisor: Matt Shires

2D Artists: Matt Shires, Will Robinson

3D Artists: Bethan Williams, Guillaume Heussler, Federico Vanone, Sam Osborne, Mike


Post Production: Time Based Arts

VFX Producer: Sian Jenkins

Production Assistant: Angie Broomfield

Colourist: Lewis Crossfield

Audio Post Production: Neil Johnson

Audio Post Producer: Jai Durban

Music title: JOY

Music Supervisor/Licensing Manager: Connor Gaffe Williams

Composer: FredWave

Master controlled by: FredWave

100% published by: FredWave

Lead Choreographer: Max Cookward

Assistant Choreographer: Magnus Westwell

Lead Dancer: Max Cookward

Dancers: Tania Dimbelolo / Pierre Bardot / Emma Belabed / Iona McGuire


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