A witty new campaign to promote The One Show 2021 call-for-entries says creatives shouldn’t be concerned about what others might think of their chaotic work-from-home life of the past year because the show’s juries will “only judge the work”.
The new film, banner and social media effort is the first work created by Milk & Honey United Sydney, a new independent communications company cofounded by Andy DiLallo and Steve Jackson, two of Australia’s most recognized creatives.
Balancing humor with sensitivity to the pandemic situation, the campaign depicts how creatives may have cared less about appearances and indulged in offbeat activities during their year of working from home, but in the end we all empathize with one another and managed to create some great work.
Leading off the campaign is “Lockdown Day Whatever”, an artfully crafted :45 film set to an original string-laden score with lyrics about what a different year it’s been and how somehow we made it through. The film was shot by the award-winning director Paul Middleditch, PLAZA, Sydney.
The film opens with a nod to the now-famous Burger King “Moldy Whopper”, which won Best of Show, four Best of Disciplines and 18 Gold Pencils overall for INGO Stockholm, DAVID Miami and Publicis Bucharest at The One Show last year.
The camera slowly pans to find an array of other moldy items — a fruit bowl, dirty dishes, loaf of bread with cheese and tomato — before finally landing on an open container of moldy yoghurt in a nearly empty refrigerator. A man picks up the yogurt container, looks inside and, instead of throwing it out, shrugs and casually eats a spoonful. The spot closes with the line “We’ll Only Judge the Work”.
Take a look:
Banner ads, shot by award-winning photographer Ian Butterworth, Sydney, include “Life Under the Desk”, revealing the chaos of WFH not visible to colleagues and clients on a zoom screen, as well as executions depicting extreme toilet paper hoarding, innovation in mask wear and parental coping mechanisms.
The campaign also includes a series of TikTok-style social videos showing offbeat lockdown behavior that “won’t be judged”, such as excessive grocery washing, mock subway riding in the bathroom, make-shift at-home toilet paper manufacturing and attempted champagne drinking from a pour attached to a moving garage door mechanism.
“Many of us have probably eaten and drunk too much, and exercised and cleaned up around the house way too little,” said Milk & Honey United’s Steve Jackson. “But amidst this utter madness, somehow we’ve still managed to create some magic.”
“Everyone has had to deal with months of lockdowns and working from home, and often ended up doing unusual things to cope or entertain ourselves,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club. “This campaign is a lighthearted way for us to let creatives know none of that matters because One Show juries will only judge the work, not them.”
“We couldn’t be more honored to have been entrusted with creating this One Show call for entries campaign,” added Andy DiLallo, Milk & Honey United. “As the first work for our new venture, it will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
After providing the creative community with last year’s largest global awards show and definitive international and regional creative rankings, The One Club for Creativity is now accepting entries for The One Show 2021.
Entries can be submitted now, with fees increasing after each deadline period. Regular deadline is March 12, extended deadline March 19, and final deadline March 26, 2021.
The list of the global jury for The One Show 2021 can be viewed here. To ensure the safety of jurors during the continued pandemic, all judging will be conducted online for the second year in a row. No physical entries will be accepted this year, eliminating shipping costs for entrants.
Unlike for-profit awards shows such as Cannes and others, The One Club is a non-profit organization that puts revenue generated from awards entries back into the industry to fund programs under its four pillars: Education, Inclusion & Diversity, Gender Equality and Professional Development.
These programs include the annual Where Are All The Black People diversity conference and career fair, ONE School free portfolio program for Black creatives, Creative Boot Camps for diverse college students, Right the Ratio Summits addressing gender equality, Global Educators Summits, Creative Leaders Retreats, mentorship programs for more than 200 young creatives each year, bi-annual Saturday Career Workshops for high school students, and more.
Campaign: “We’ll Only Judge The Work” for The One Show 2021
Client: The One Club for Creativity, New York
Agency: Milk & Honey United, Sydney
Founding Partner: Andy DiLallo
Founding Partner: Steve Jackson
Creatives: Chris Moreira, Mark Scholler, Nick McHugh
Designer: Jim Midnight
Executive Producer: Susannah Phillips
Production Company: Plaza, Sydney
Director: Paul Middleditch
EP/Producer – Peter Masterton
Line Producer: Alexandra Taussig
DP: Tristan Milani
Production Designer: Leah Popple
Editorial & Post Production: The Editors
Post Producer: Jennie McCartney
Editor: Laurence Van Camp
Online Editor: Matt Edwards
Colourist: Fergus Rotherham
Photographer: Ian Butterworth
Production Company: Louis & Co
Executive Producer: Louis Molines
Producer: Laura Midalia
Stylist: Janai Anselmi
Photography team: Klint Collier & Glenn Pokorny
Post Production: Cream Electric Art
Music & Sound – Squeak E. Clean Studios
Executive Creative Producer – Karla Henwood
Creative Director – Zac Cowell
Composer – Scott Langley
Sound Designer – Mario Gabrieli
The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards , Type Directors Club Communication Design and Typeface Design awards, Young Guns and Creative Week, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing, focusing on the creativity of ideas and quality of execution. The global ADC Annual Awards honors creative excellence in craft, design and innovation across all disciplines. Creative Week takes place in New York every May, and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.