United Airlines “It’s Time to Fly”

Over the weekend, we posted Shy the Sun’s “Sea Orchestra,” which, it turns out, was only one of five remarkable spots in a campaign from United Airlines and its new ad agency BD’M. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a roundup of the entire series:

“Heart” Directed by Jamie Caliri


NOTE: You may remember Jamie’s previous work for United Airlines, “Dragon.”

“Two Worlds” Directed by SSSR and Gaelle Denis

“Moondust” | Directed by Ishu Patel

“Butterfly” | Directed by Aleksandra Korejwo

“Sea Orchestra” | Directed by Shy the Sun


Client: United Airlines
Agency: Barrie D’Rozario Murphy

Sea Orchestra
Exec. Creative Directors: Stuart D’Rozario, Bob Barrie
Copywriter: Phil Calvit
Art Director: James Zucco
Agency Producers: Holly Stone / Jack Steinmann
Directors/Animation: Jannes Hendrikz and Ree Treweek (Shy the Sun)
Production Company: DUCK Studios
Exec Producer: Mark Medernach
Producer: Nina Pfeiffer
Music Arrangement: Trivers & Myers
Sound Design/ Mix: Ken Chastain, Pixel Farm

Two Worlds
Exec. Creative Directors: Stuart D’Rozario, Bob Barrie
Copywriter: Dan Mackaman
Art Director: James Zucco
Agency Producers: Holly Stone / Jack Steinmann
Animator: SSSR / Gaelle Denis
Production Company: Passion Pictures
Producer: Belinda Blacklock
Music Arrangement: Trivers & Myers
Mix: Ken Chastain, Pixel Farm

Heart
Exec. Creative Directors: Stuart D’Rozario, Bob Barrie
Copywriter: Dan Mackaman
Art Director: James Zucco
Agency Producers: Holly Stone / Jack Steinmann
Animator: Jamie Caliri
Production Company: DUCK Studios
Exec Producer Mark Medernach
Music Arrangement: Trivers & Myers
Mix: Ken Chastain, Pixel Farm

Moondust
Exec. Creative Directors: Stuart D’Rozario, Bob Barrie
Art Director: Brian Lambert
Agency Producers: Holly Stone / Jack Steinmann
Animator: Ishu Patel
Production Company: Image par Image
Production Coordinator: Aileen Brophy
Music Arrangement: Trivers & Myers
Mix: Ken Chastain, Pixel Farm

Butterfly
Exec. Creative Directors: Stuart D’Rozario, Bob Barrie
Art Director: Brian Lambert
Agency Producers: Holly Stone / Jack Steinmann
Animator: Alexsandra Korejwo
Production Company: ACME Filmworks
Exec Producer: Ron Diamond
Producer: David Schmier
Music Arrangement: Trivers & Myers
Mix: Ken Chastain, Pixel Farm

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10 Comments

Ali Baba

VO sounds like Robert Redford, is it?

justin

Yep, that’s Robert Redford.

frankenstyles

All of theses are exceptionally beautiful. And I loved that, with the exception of ‘Two Worlds’ (mostly), they all had a hand crafted throwback style which rather than seeming dated made them feel classic and timeless – ‘Moondust’ and ‘Butterfly’ in particular. What brave creative :)

MHR

Agreed – this is a great set, and in many ways blows the flashiest digital mograph piece out of the water. Much more tactile, much more human. And sticking with Gershwin’s Rhapsody for over a decade doesn’t hurt either.

I love that United keeps investing in marketing like this. Among the others listed here, don’t forget the Quickie posted here awhile back…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5DasW5nUY

One of the best posts in a long time. Thanks man.

MHR

Also, interesting that “Sea Orchestra” put some focus on the Killer Whale. Reminds me of an older United commercial…

http://www.airodyssey.net/video/united2.mpg

Frozensmokeprod

I liked hearts version of Rhapsody in Blue.

Frozensmokeprod

All these pieces remind me of watching “the art Show” with my son. It was on HBO, and pretty good stuff.

oeuf

Hearts, like Caliri’s prev Dragon, had me floored. Absolutely beautifully crafted and composed.
All these spots are fantastic!

BrandonLori

These spots are incredible together, and individually, stand out on their own, with each feeling entirely hand-made, like moving illustrations. Does anybody else think that “Sea Orchestra” was inspired from the seminal “Tale of How,” by The Black Heart Gang?

Bob Barrie

Fyi, “Sea Orchestra” WAS created by The Black Heart Gang, aka Shy the Sun.

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