Ad Nut
Apr 29, 2021

BTS dances on MC Escher stairs for Smart Communications

A video for the Philippines telco carries a message about perseverance know what? Who cares. Jung Kook, RM, J-hope, Jin, V, Suga and Jimin are all there, and you get to watch them be pretty and dance.

The seven members of BTS do their thing in a stair-filled environment in a new campaign for Philippines telco Smart Communications.

The brand proves that it lives up to its name by hiring one of the world's most popular acts and then giving fans what they want: ample shots of the much-adored septet busting moves to a soundtrack of two of its top hits. It's not complicated. We don't need to analyse it.

But if you must know, the video is entitled 'Live your passion with purpose”. The brand says the sets are inspired by Penrose Stairs (popularised in the art of MC Escher), which are intended to symbolise defying impossible situations.

Therefore Jung Kook appears on a staircase that looks like the entrance to a recording studio ('Keep inspiring'), RM opens a book ('Keep learning'), J-hope dances in a disco set ('Keep moving'), Jin walks up a garden stairway ('Keep chasing your dreams'), V appears on train-station escalator ('Keep exploring'), Suga appears in a musical set ('Keep living your purpose') and Jimin is seen in a building’s fire exit ('Keep connecting').

Ad Nut submits to you that some of the above pairings make very little sense. But again, if you're thinking about this at all, you're doing it wrong. Just watch the lovely boys dance. And buy Smart Prepaid.

The film was shot in Seoul under lead agency Dentsu Jayme Syfu. It amassed more than 10 million views in the three days following its release on April 22, the brand reports. 


Chairman: Manuel V. Pangilinan
President & CEO: Alfredo S. Panlilio
SVP & Head of Consumer Wireless: Jane Jimenez Basas
FVP & Head of Corporate Marketing: Lloyd Manaloto
FVP & Prepaid Marketing Head: Miriam Zamora Choa
AVP & SMART Prepaid Brand Head: Joanne Hatulan
VP Marketing Services Operations: Mon Samarista

Dentsu Jayme Syfu
Ronald Barreiro – Managing Partner and General Manager
Lieza Punsalan – Business Development Director
Ina Villegas – Account Director
Dom Concepcion – Account Executive
Merlee Jayme - Global President
Louie Sotto – Chief Creative Officer
Miko Quiogue – Creative Director
Therese Liboro – Associate Creative Director
Sab Santana – Art Director
Diday Alcudia – Chief Strategic Officer
Abby Bontia – Social Media Manager
Krischelo Delgado – Broadcast Producer

Philippine Production House: UxS, Inc.
Madonna Tarrayo – President and CEO
Ruth Colacion – Executive Producer
Apple Sarmiento – Production Manager

South Korea Production House: CONTENTS LAB D&M
Director – Goh Han Ki
Producer – Monica Chang
Assistant Director – Sim Yoo Kyung
Art Director – Lee Joon Seung

Korean Post House
On-Line & CG: THE AUTHENTIC & 361
Audio: DR.HOOK
Grading : NAVY
Local Post House: Engine Room

KV Shoot
• Photographer – Park Ja Wook
• Producer – Monica Chang

PR Agency: PUBLICITYASIA | PR Asia Worldwide
Lead Publicist - Joyce A. Ramirez (PUBLICITYASIA)

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