Ad Nut
Oct 1, 2019

Zombies just wanna have fun

THE WORK: 'Best day ever' for Lemon & Paeroa by DDB New Zealand (directed by Damien Shatford of Sweetshop).

Ad Nut has come to know that when director Damien Shatford (represented by Sweetshop) is responsible for a new campaign, it's going to be fun to watch. And this new spot for New Zealand soft-drink brand Lemon & Paeroa, through DDB New Zealand, is no exception. 

Turning zombies into sympathetic characters who are concerned with having more fun—rather than more brains—is a great concept. And the execution here is dead on. (See what Ad Nut did there?) 

The 'Best day ever' campaign includes TV, cinema, social and digital.

The spot is also a clever sequel-in-spirit to an earlier campaign from the same brand and agency (but a different director), which had another pair of buddies enjoying a special day out together:

PS: One of Shatford's ads, 'I'm drinking it for you' for DB Breweries, just won seven awards at Spikes, including the Grand Prix in Music; golds in Digital, Digital Craft and Radio & Audio; silvers in Entertainment and Film; and a bronze in Film Craft.


Client credits: Lemon & Paeroa
General Manager Strategy & Brand: Wendy Rayner
Head of Marketing and Design: Angela Broad
Marketing Manager: Laura Knight

Agency credits: DDB New Zealand
Regional Chief Creative Officer, NZ/AU: Damon Stapleton
Executive Creative Director: Gary Steele
Creative Director: Rory McKechnie
Senior Art Director: Zac Lancaster
Art Director: Sarsha Drakeford
Copywriter: Sylvia Humphries
Managing Partner: Nikki McKelvie
Senior Business Director: Crystal Clark
Executive Planning Director: Lucinda Sherborne
Business Manager: Violet Hong
Business Manager: Ravina Raju
Executive Agency Producer: Judy Thompson
Agency Producer: Samantha Royal

Production Company: Sweetshop
Director: Damien Shatford
Executive Producer: Ben Dailey
Producer: Lynnette Gordon
DOP: Marty Williams
Editor: Tim Mauger
Post Production online: The Machine Room
VFX: Stu Bedford
Colourist: Dave Gibson
Post Producer: Hannah Walker
Music: Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
Audio: Jon Cooper, The Coopers
Photographer: Troy Goodall
Music Licensing: Jonathan Mihaljevich, Franklin Road

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