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Smartbox Celebrates the Growing Value of Real Life Experiences This Christmas


Spot directed by Julien & Quentin through HAMLET takes us on a diverse range of experiences from the iconic to the daring

Smartbox Celebrates the Growing Value of Real Life Experiences This Christmas

The value of real-life experiences is growing and becoming increasingly precious. We have all the material possessions we need. Whatever we want, whenever we want it, so it’s no wonder more and more of us are choosing to gift experiences on occasions such as Christmas, and live life to the full.

Research has shown that despite living a concentrated digital life, younger audiences are rejecting needless and gratuitous material possessions in favour of genuine real life experiences adding richness to their life and creating unforgettable memories.  

Smartbox, the European leader in gift experiences, today launch ‘The Hesitation’ a pan-European multi-channel campaign running over the Christmas period - a time when we are collectively scratching our heads and wondering what to buy our loved ones.

Directed by Julien & Quentin through international production company HAMLET, the 60 second TV spot which is aimed at a younger audience than previous Smartbox campaigns takes us on a high energetic journey through a small selection of the hundreds of gift experiences available on Smartbox. The protagonist is deliberating on what experience to gift and imagines its recipient in a variety of experiences ranging from an underwater adventure scuba diving to thrill seeking skydiving to a more traditional massage, demonstrating that there really is something for everyone on the extensive experience gift platform.

‘The Hesitation’ will run on TV in France and Italy, Cinema in Belgium and Italy and Cinema and DOOH in Spain. It will also run across all media in Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.

Charles Tsakyrellis, chief marketing officer, Smartbox Group said, "At Smartbox, we celebrate the growing value of real-life experiences.  When we have everything we need and want at our fingertips, with a click of a button, the value of making memories and living life is increasing. With this new campaign, we wanted to show the vast range of experiences available and show that there really is something for everyone.”

All the transitions are made in camera, making it an exciting project to design and shoot. The desk that transforms into a massage table in the first scene was purpose built and is an example of the extensive set building the idea required.

Julien Martorell, one half of directing duo Julien & Quentin said, "When Charles came to us we understood straight away that he wanted a highly visual film. The simple idea of the script came from our experience of hesitating and giving gifts at the last minute at Christmas time. Something universal. It was a great opportunity to bring in a language of transition and scene sequencing that had a storyline reason."


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Hamlet, Mon, 14 Nov 2022 09:32:41 GMT