VW Taps Into Car Owners' Nostalgia in a Moving Spot About a Beetle

Touching Film Kicks Off Social Campaign With Hashtag #yourVW

Published On
Nov 09, 2016

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Volkswagen manages to tug at the heartstrings with a new brand campaign that taps into one man's childhood memories of his father and the VW Beetle he drove.

Created by Adam&Eve/DDB and directed by Amanda Blue at Tantrum, the spot features Barry Openshaw, whose father owned a gold-sprayed Beetle, and mixes old photographs and archive film with newy shot footage. (Post production house Envy scanned Barry's old photos in high resolution so that they could be woven into the film, and colorist, Vicki Matich, worked closely with Amanda Blue to lend the film and photos a suitably nostalgic feel.) In the film, Barry recalls his happy memories of his father, who today is suffering from dementia, and there's a final reveal in which he's surprised by VW's efforts to recreate one of his favorite childhood snapshots.

The film is running online, and is kicking off a social campaign that encourages people to share photographs of themselves with their VW cars with the hashtag #yourVW.


Nov 09, 2016
Agency :
Adam & Eve/DDB
Brand :
Client :
Agency Producer :
Nic Akinnibosun
Chief Creative Officer :
Ben Priest
Executive Creative Director :
Ben Tollet
Executive Creative Director :
Richard Brim
Creative Director :
Matt Woolner
Creative Director :
Steve Wioland
Account Director :
Loella Bowles
Account Manager :
William Menko
Business Manager :
Mike Stern
Creative Planner :
Nick Hirst
Creative Planner :
Mattijs Devroedt
Creative Planner :
Alistair Owen
TV Producer :
Louise Richardson
Production Assistant :
Nic Akinnibosun
Cinematographer :
Ian Murray
Artist Representation :
Editor :
Nik Hindson
Editorial Company :
The Assembly Rooms
Post Production Company :
Colorist :
Vicki Matich
Flame Artist :
Kieran Baxter
Producer :
Philip Archer
Sound Design :
Sound Designer :
Sound Designer :
David Williams
Media Planner :
Victoria Tait
Media Planner :
Megan Kennedy
Production Company :
Director :
Amanda Blue
Executive Producer :
Stuart Wrigglesworth

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