Monday, November 28, 2011

This month in advertising and more...

 The North Face- Freeskier November 2011
 Patagonia- Alpinist November 2011
 REI- Backpacker Gear Guide

REI- Outside November 2011
 Salomon- Freeskier November 2011

For Reference: September and October creative below:

 Marmot- Rock and Ice September 2011
 Merrell- Backpacker September 2011
Merrell- Outside October 2011
 Keen- Outside October 2011
 The North Face- Alpinist Autumn 2011

The North Face- Freeskier October 2011
REI- Snowboarding Buyers Guide

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The North Face, Tetons and TV

In the past couple of weeks we have seen The North Face "Test on Humans", go "Beyond Boundaries" to teach valuable safety lessons and now release their new broadcast spot on prime time television.  While we can assume that a good amount of dollars went into the production of the spot, The North Face made sure to keep it authentic by using all North Face athletes to star, produce and edit.

The behind the scenes of the :30 commercial features the photographer, the talent, director and editor (all North Face athletes) collaborating with Camp4Collective productions as they prepare for shoot day. With clips leading up to, during and post shoot, the behind the scenes is almost most intriguing than the spot itself.

The spot itself condenses an expedition up the Teton in 30 seconds for TV. The ascent, the peak and the descent via skis by veteran North Face athlete Hilaree O'Neill.

Some interesting soundbites from the Behind the Scenes:

"...making something that someone in the core audience will look at and say 'wow that's the real deal'  I appreciate that on an athletic level and story telling level" -Renan Ozturk, Editor

"I love the fact that we can develop a tv commercial that airs for millions of people but really do it in a way that feels authentic for us as skiers and climbers" -Landon Bassett, Brand Manager for Outdoors

"Not very many companies would give up the concepting, writing, producing and directing and shooting and editing to a few of their professional athletes and that's exactly what The North Face did which says a lot about The North Face's commitment to building a brand that is authentic" -Jimmy Chin, Director

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

North Face Know Boundaries

The North Face might be "testing on humans," but they are also educating through their campaign "Know Boundaries" which launched at the end of October. The initiative was created to provide insight on skills, training and knowledge for safe backcountry travel.

The landing page features all five episodes, each addressing a different aspect of your trek on the mountain: 
Also featured on The North Face homepage (see below).

The videos feature athletes, experts and guides commenting on the significance of responsibility on the mountain. Valuable knowledge on transceivers, avalanches and you're told all about the proper gear, North Face of course.

Check out episode one here:

Powder Magazine's blog featured all episodes as they were released week over week:
October 14th:
October 20th:
October 26th:
October 28th:
November 2nd:

The videos were produced by Teton Gravity Research. Also new this fall is a "Snow Safety" checklist inner label that appears on select Summit Series and Cryptic snow sports gear. The label reminds what to bring and how to prepare for the backcountry through a series of icons. Icons include, map or compass, food and water, first aid kit, shovel, probe, fire, beacon, flashlight etc.