Amazon forgoes the loud, epic tone of its recent Alexa promos, opting for a quieter, more contemplative mood in new work from Droga5 London and veteran director Lance Acord.
A :60 set to the Flamingos' 1958 version of "I Only Have Eyes for You" shows a couple falling in love at their high school prom in the Eisenhower era. Cut to modern times, seven decades hence, and they're still dancing to the same song, played on a tablet by Alexa.
That may sound like a sweet, simple notion—and indeed, it is—but there's more going on here than first meets the eye.
Watch closely, and you'll notice the woman looks briefly lost before her partner asks Alexa to play the tune again. Does she have Alzheimer's or another neurological condition? "Prom" lets viewers decide, but Droga5 says the inference is intentional.
Some might not pick up on the subtext. But it's there amid the spot's muted hues and smooth, romantic melody, a testament to the power of music and technology to unlock doors that might otherwise shut forever.
Those cinematic ads worked fine as well, but "Prom" puts a fresh, touching spin on Alexa's capabilities. It reminds us of the voice assistant's potential to touch lives in ways that can seem almost magical.
CLIENT | Amazon
CAMPAIGN | “Prom”
AGENCY | Droga5 London
SENIOR PRODUCER | Josh Sanders
SENIOR ASSISTANT PRODUCER | Manon Rees
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR | Max Levine
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER | David Kolbusz
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Shelley Smoller
CREATIVES | Ethan Bennett, Liam Crerar
PRODUCTION COMPANY | Park Pictures
DIRECTOR | Lance Acord
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Lance Acord
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | Caroline Kousidonis, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Stephen Brierley, Sophie Hubble, Scott Howard
PRODUCTION DESIGNER | James Chinlund
EDITING COMPANY | Trim
EDITOR | Paul Hardcastle
VFX COMPANY | Time Based Arts
VFX PRODUCER | Sian Jenkins, Sean Ewins
COLORIST | Daniel de Vue
COLOR COMPANY | Primary