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St Luke’s launches "spread your wings" film for South Western Railway

Animated characters Sandy and Wes flock to London for South Western Railway

By Creative Salon

South Western Railway (SWR) is launching a multi-media campaign, in new work by creative agency St Luke’s.

The campaign reminds leisure travellers that they should spread their wings and embrace all that London and the South West have to offer: connecting friends and family with great value for money ticketing options and lowest prices guaranteed when booking direct with SWR.

The new TV ad “Sandy & Wes Flock to London” hits screens on 13th November and is part of a wider media push on OOH, Social, Display and Radio. The campaign will run through to the end of December 2022 with media planned and bought by the7stars.

Featuring Sandy the West Country Seagull representing the very best of the coast and Wes the loveable pigeon from Peckham, showcasing the best of London; the new campaign continues the “Spread your wings” creative positioning.

In the 30-second ad, regular train travellers Sandy (execu-bird) and Wes (the young business-pigeon), pick up their conversation as they meet on the SWR train to London excitedly sharing details of the activities and experiences they are planning. This time, Sandy is meeting some “gull-friends” at the top of the Shard for a Sea-Breeze cocktail; while Wes will take advantage of free activities “swanning along the South Bank” photographing art and London sights. As usual there is plenty of bird-inspired word play.

Calli Ward, Head of Marketing for South Western Railway says: “Frequent travellers on SWR trains have told us they love to meet friends and go to restaurants, theatre, cinema and art galleries. Our new campaign highlights how easy it is to take a trip to London from the South West and our Avian Ambassadors demonstrate, not only the unbeatable value of travelling with SWR, but also the vast choice of entertainment and culture available in London.”

Richard Denney, ECD St. Luke’s adds: “The lovable Wes and Sandy continue to spread their wings and enjoy the benefits of SWR, only this time we get a glimpse of what they get up to out of office hours and as expected, once again they have a real hoot.”

In its own recent research South Western Railway found that 71% of respondents felt more positive about travelling with SWR after seeing the brand’s first TVC which introduced the avian ambassadors Sandy and Wes, in February this year.

Creative Credits

South Western Railways “Spread Your Wings”

Advertiser South Western Railway (SWR)

Client Calli Ward – Head of Marketing Manager

Ian Humphreys – Senior Marketing Manager

Stephanie Stockman – Campaigns Manager

Campaign Title “Sandy & Wes Flock to London”/Spread Your Wings

Creative Agency St Luke’s

Executive Creative Director Richard Denney

Creative Team (TV) Darren Keff & Phillip Meyler

Creatives (OOH, Social, Display & Radio) Leah Winson & Rhianna Travers

TV Producer Jenny Busby

Creative Producer Anna-Marie Mennecier, Dee Antoniou

Chief Strategy Officer Dan Hulse

Agency Planner Joanna Barnett

Business Director Leanne Silman

Account Director Vicci Goulder

Senior Account Manager Naomi Hollowday

Production Company: Nexus Studios

Directors: Smith & Foulkes

Executive Producer: Mike Bell

Producer: Belinda Isaacs

Production Manager: Edith Chappey

CG Supervisor: Dave Hunt

Environment Designers: Milan Baulard, Helen Castelow

Prop Designer: Andreea Tocilescu

Toolkit Designer: Callum Strachan

Lead Rigger: Niko Rossi

Rigger: Nayla Nassar

3D Animators: Ricardo David, Clément Fassler

3D Generalists: James Drummond, Fabien Glasse

Toolkit 3D Generalist: Eder de Souza

Matte Painters: Umeshu Lovers, Guitty Mojabi

Lead Lighter: Carl Kenyon

Lighter: Matilde Vinther

Lead Compositor: Sacha Danjou

Compositors: Sander Saks, Heather Costa

Assistant Editor: Andrea Zantiras

PR & Marketing: Valentina Tarelli, Nancy Edmondson, Isobel Wise, Steph Anjo

Post House: Nineteentwenty

Sound: Factory

Sound Engineer: Josh Campbell

Music: Native

Designer: Ben Gilbey & Vanisha Mistry

Media Agency: the7stars


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