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Commercial Treatment - McDonald's McBites

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A pitch I put together for Omri Cohen, a wickedly talented director. I wrote the treatment, pulled visuals and designed the presentation. He landed the gig, and it turned out pretty great.

Creative by DDB Chicago
Produced by Green Dot Films

Published in: Marketing

Commercial Treatment - McDonald's McBites

  1. 1. ! McDOnaLd’S ThE BigGEsT! ! ! ! ! ! TrEaTmENt By ! ! woRdS, viSUalS, laYOut sCotT@sCotTkENeAlLy.Com ScOTt KEneALlY
  2. 2. ! ! First of all, thanks for bringing me into the mix. I really dig the spot. It’s the kind of idea that will instantly catch on because everyone knows and loves optical illusions. The perspective trick is one of the best of the bunch, and I can see people buying the Chicken McBite just so they play these games with their friends. So nice work with the creative. That said, I’d now like to describe the elements of my approach… ! INtRo
  3. 3. 
 ! Although this spot is marked by that cool perspective trick, this is about much so more than that a visual gag. It’s about capturing the promise of youth: the simple thrill of a road trip… the dynamic between BFFs… the first tastes of freedom. This touch of humanity is what will set this campaign apart, which is why I’d really like to capture a series of great lifestyle shots of these kids messing around and having fun. Ultimately, the piece should feel like a documentary, but with a rich, cinematic vibe. Our camera will be handheld throughout, giving the shots energy and life. It won’t be shaky or anything, but it will have just enough movement to make us feel like we’re along for the ride. I’d also like to give the spot a distinct look, and would like to treat the entire film with a Hipstamatic-style filter. ! LOok + FEel
  4. 4. ! OPtiCAl iLlUSiOnS ! Throughout our spot, we’ll see our hero framing the Chicken McBite against various elements in the scene: roadside attractions, statues, signs, etc. The goal, of course, is to utilize foreground and background elements, and play with perspectives so that the Chicken McBite looks larger-than-life.
  5. 5. ! LAnDmaRkS I envision featuring our perspective trick in 5 or 6 different vignettes. Given the reality of our one-day shoot and budget, let's plan on some cool roadside attractions that can work within our day.  Here are a few great ones that are doable: Cabazon Dinosaurs, Palm Springs Aerial Tram, San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, and the Santa Monica Pier.
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  7. 7. ! I think it’s important that we don’t rely solely on famous landmarks. We should mix it up and pepper the spot with several practical vignettes. We don’t need to drive 100 miles to pull any of the following. We can shoot them between our big roadside attractions. Not just because of budgetary considerations, but to keep things fresh. Here are a few possibilities… ! McBIte FAce! We’re parked on the side of the road. Maybe we’re at a spectacular scenic overlook. Or even just a rest stop. Either way, we’re out of the car, stretching our legs, enjoying the terra firma. In our POV, a Chicken McBite is strategically set up so as to obscure the head of one of our friends. Not just his face, but his entire head. It looks like he’s a walking McBite. It’s a funny image, and then just as we’re registering it, we toss the food towards his mouth. We reveal our friend’s real face, as he concentrates on catching it. Score! It lands perfectly in his mouth. He reacts triumphantly.
  8. 8. ! SEmi-TrUCk! Outside the car window, a big rig barrels down the freeway. But it’s not carrying your everyday load. Thanks to a clever play on perspective, it looks as if this flatbed is carrying oversized McBites. ChICkeN cAR! There’s this great art car in Venice Beach that would be fun to utilize. We could drive alongside it, holding the McBite just in front of the chicken’s beak. It will look as if the chicken is chasing after it.
  9. 9. ! ThE Sun ! Yes, the most basic of all optical illusions. We’ll hold up a McBite so that it looks as big as, if not bigger than the sun. There are a lot possibilities for this shot, but I’d like to do it when the sun is hanging low in the horizon. Maybe it’s over the Pacific Ocean, or a stretch of desert. Either way, we can create a very stylish shot, with lens flares and streaks of light. In fact, it would be interesting to see the McBite in silhouette at first, blocking the sun. And the moment we move it, the McBite could reveal itself in all its crispy, golden glory. INfLatABleS ! Inflatable figures are another easy option. They're quirky and odd, simple to set up, and very cost- effective. They will provide a massive attraction on the side of any road. And we can exploit this versatility to capture perfectly composed shots. (NOTE: We'll also search for existing inflatables on our scout.)
  10. 10. ! ! Even if we had the luxury of crisscrossing the country and capturing every roadside attraction we wanted, I’d still want to balance the spot with a series of spontaneous, lifestyle shots of road tripping friends. We’ll film them joking around, singing, skipping rocks and whatnot. And we’ll also film them looking out into the landscape, lost in thought, taking it all in. The idea is to let a range of moments and emotions run their course, and capture it all. Not only will these shots help to stretch the budget, but they will lend the spot a real humanity. After all… the things we remember most about the road trips of our youth aren’t necessarily the big attractions, but the magic that unfolds on the dull stretches of freeway in between. LIfeStYlE ShoTs
  11. 11. ! CAsTinG In order to create that mood and feeling and humanity that sets this apart… we’ll need a keen eye for casting. We’re not just looking for hip and attractive models that look the part. Those types are a dime a dozen. Rather, we’re looking for kids that possess that certain look… faces filled with character AND a playful, easygoing spirit. These are the kinds of kids who laugh freely and can make the best of any situation. They all have a great sense of style, and the only thing they relish more than their individuality, is their enviable group dynamic. They love one-upping one another and making each other laugh. Which is why, of course, the Chicken McBite/optical illusion trick goes over so well. They are young and fun and living right smack in the moment. They’re still at the age where life is a playa of infinite possibility… when “reality” and “responsibility” are just words in quotes. They are all of us, at some priceless point in our lives. !
  12. 12. ! We never want to feel like we’re looking at actors. In fact, their performances shouldn’t even feel like performances at all. Rather, they should feel like real moments in a real road trip with best friends. Great casting will go a long way towards creating this kind of free-flowing group dynamic. However, I find that facilitating a great vibe on set is just as important. Even the most lighthearted actors can stiffen up on a staid set. And with this in mind, I’ll blast cool music, crack jokes, and encourage them to let loose and be themselves. I want these kids to feel totally comfortable, almost to the point where they forget about the camera altogether. Again, the goal is to create a work environment that doesn’t feel like work at all. PErForMAnCe
  13. 13. ! ThE RidEEvery car has its own unique quirks: the loose visor, jammed lock, hypersensitive brake pedal. These are the kinds of idiosyncrasies that personify the ride, and imprint it in our memories. That make it a character. And I’d love to flavor our spot with something like that. (A great example of how a quirk can help color a story is the black hole in the floor of the car in “Wristcutters.”) ! With that said, I think the car should be something along the lines of a vintage station wagon or sedan. Nothing so expensive as to be out of reach, but cool enough to be an enviable element of any road trip. It should have some dings and wear and tear. And inside, it should be styled with the detritus of a spontaneous road trip. There should be enough loose papers, crinkled magazines and crumpled coffee cups to let us know they’ve been on the road for a few days. Again, it’s all about making the car a character, and we’ll stylize it so it feels like an integral part of the story.
  14. 14. WrAP up! Thanks again for thinking of me. I enjoyed talking to you and love the creative. I’m excited by the chance to bring it all to life. Let’s talk soon in the further development of this idea. ! Cheers! ! !

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