Ford Goes Night Swimming In New Campaign

The spot by AMV BBDO for Ford Ranger is shot in a lake in Romania by Adam Berg of Smuggler

By Creative Salon

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and Ford Europe have released ‘Night Swimming’, a pan-European campaign for the Ranger pickup truck that showcases the vehicle's features via underwater scenes of people swimming in the night.

Directed by Adam Berg in Romania, the spot tricks the viewer into assuming that they are seeing people wading in a pool-light lit body of water. Only later is it revealed that in fact the entire scene was driven by the headlights of Ranger pickups, demonstrating their 800mm wading depth at the same time.

Peter Zillig, director of marketing at Ford of Europe, said: “Ford Ranger is the number one selling pickup truck in Europe because, as a product, it stands head and shoulders above competitors. Our strategy was to create a campaign that would outperform typical pickup truck advertising. The outcome is a stunning demonstration of the Ranger’s class-leading wading depth, just one of the capabilities that make it the pickup”.

Martin Loraine, writer and deputy ECD at AMV BBDO, added: “The convention for pickups is to show rough terrain and tough loads, but Ranger has the best wading depth in the category. Showing it driving through deep water felt right creatively but also makes it stand apart from other pickups.”

The campaign includes a film in long and short formats for TV, VOD, YouTube and social media as well as digital and social ads, digital OOH and print.


Client: Ford of Europe

Brand: Ford Ranger

Campaign title: Night Swimming

Client name: Peter Zillig, Director of Marketing

Client name: Richard Beard, Marketing and Communications Manager

Client name: Pushi Jaswant, Brand Content Manager

Creative Agency: AMV BBDO

CCO: Alex Grieve

ECDs: Nadja Lossgott, Nicholas Hulley

Writer and Deputy ECD: Martin Loraine

Strategy Partner: Stephen Wallace

Senior Strategist: Katherine Oulds

Managing Partner: Tom Shattock

Business Director: Roberto Ghidini

Business Director: Kate Harris

Account Director: Jean-Luc Gentilli

Senior Film Producer: Romila Sanassy

Senior Art Producer: Rhiannon Nicol

Senior Project Manager: Sammy Kennard

Senior Creative Artworker: Steve Hopkins 

Production Company: Smuggler

Director: Adam Berg

Production Company Producer: Ben Croker

Sound Design: Matt Collinge @ Phaze Audio

Sound Engineer: James Benn @ Bark Soho

Sound Studio: Bark Soho

Sound Studio Executive Producer: Cliff Wilson

Music Supervision: Jak Melvin @ Eclectic

Music Artist and Track Name: Oh Land ‘Wolf and I’

Music Labels: Master: SONY RECORDS, Publisher: SONY ATV

Post-Production: Nineteen Twenty

Post-Production Flame Lead: Ludo Fealy

Post-Production Producer: Scott Griffin

Editor: Paul Hardcastle @ Trim

Editor Producer: Noreen Khan @ Trim

Media agency:  Mindshare

Activation agency: GTB


Photographer: Benedict Redgrove

Photography Agent & Production: Emma Phillips

Visual Artists Retouching: Ink


Senior Project Manager, RAPP: Dean Kelly and Donna Valenzano

Motion Design Lead, RAPP: Rob Dewell

Motion Designer, RAPP: Gabor Eszenyi

Creative (Digital), RAPP: Alex Sims

Copywriter (Digital), RAPP: Rachel Stafford


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