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LS Productions Scout Stunning Scottish Settings to Promote Ford Eco Sport SUV

The Eco Sport is built for your next steps in new ad by GTB and Radical Media.

Ford take to Scotland to shoot cinematic new ad 'Built For Your Next Steps' to promote the EcoSport model. Created by GTB and produced by Radical Media and LS Productions, the 30" spot puts us in the shoes of the British public.

Directed by Josh & Xander, the cinematic advert pays tribute to the narrative device used in classic movie scenes as the shot focuses on a character's foot as they step out of a vehicle to confront a challenge. In the advert the dramatic camera technique is adapted to introduce us to a cast of everyday British individuals. Identified only by their footwear, we see each anonymous character step gallantly out of their Ford EcoSport cars. As each character takes their next steps, the commercial shows a range of unique but sentimentally British journeys.

LS Productions worked with Radical Media to source the stunning backdrops for each character's scenario. To visually articulate the unique, yet classically British storylines, LS Productions sourced a range of central, rural and coastal locations for the commercial from its wealth of Scottish locations. The film was shot entirely in Scotland over three-day tour of Glasgow's urban landscapes and Argyll's rural and coastal spots.

Deva Smith, Producer at LS Productions comments: "It was great to be able to put together a nice, talented Scottish crew and to show our American directors the most diverse Scottish landscapes, from urban designs to rolling countryside and rugged terrain."

The settings included the country's iconic rolling hills at Rest and be Thankful in the Scottish Highlands, scenes of the idyllic coastline were captured at Crinan Harbour and Glasgow's The Gorbals provided urban environments for inner-city shots.

The production service company used a drone to film the ferry and coastal scenes. To pull off the shoot, LS Productions ensured full cooperation from Crinan Harbour's boatyard and its workers by halting boats from entering the area.

Whilst the task of capturing scenes at sea presented some challenges for flying the drone, LS Productions helped to turn the location's unpredictable weather into a benefit for the film. Deva adds: "We took advantage of the changing weather, it added beautiful drama to the scene and the director was able to capture spray from the ocean waves."

LS Productions sourced the use of a Scorpio Arm to capture the breath-taking shots of the vehicle driving down Rest and be Thankful - The A83 road which divides Glen Kinglas from Glen Croe.

Commenting on working with Radical Media, Executive Producer at LS Productions, Sarah Drummond says: "We really enjoyed having Josh and Xander back over to Scotland. They love the diverse landscapes that Scotland has to offer, and they were super excited to get the chance to shoot here again. They really engaged with Scotland, it's people and its' landscapes, and for me it's always good to shoot something that doesn't have to be based specifically in Scotland. Our locations are stunning and can fit with most narratives, and even some you wouldn't expect."

The film airs on TV and social channels from 18th January 2018.

Brand: Ford
Agency: GTB
Production Company: Radical Media
Director: Josh Melnick and Xander Charity
Production Service: LS Productions
Executive Producer: Sarah Drummond
Producer: Deva Smith

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Yumi Prentice President
Bobby Pearce Chief Creative Officer
Mark Koelfgen Executive Creative Director/Copywriter
Marc Schwarzberg Executive Creative Director/Head of Art
Frauke Tiemann Group Creative Director/Art Director
John O'Hea Group Creative Director/Art Director
Steve Clarke Group Creative Director/Copywriter
Basil Cowieson Group Creative Director/Art Director
James Cohen Group Creative Director/Copywriter
Stephanie Kohnen Creative Director/Art Director
Mark Monteiro Copywriter
Paul Albanese Managing Director, Broadcast Production
Curt O'Brien Executive Producer
Natalia Celis Junior Producer
Cara Nieto Executive Art Producer
Natasha Royzina Senior Business Affairs Manager
Renee Welch Head of Strategy
Ashleigh Edwards Strategy Director
Jeff Cannata Communications Planning Director
Natalie Gomez Senior Social Media Strategist
Genie Lara Associate Director of Project Management
Paul Stephens Senior Project Manager
Amanda Bercovitch Junior Project Manager
Nina Pena Senior Creative Resource Manager
Jeff Moohr Managing Director
Jay Mattingly Account Director
Kylie Lemasters Account Supervisor
Nicole Pressman Account Executive
Salim Collins Account Coordinator
Russ Wortman Automotive Specialist/Kia Product Information Manager
Peter Bassett Managing Director, Integrated Production & Technology Services
Justine Kleeman Executive Digital Producer
Chris Mead Associate Creative Director/Copywriter
Kris Wong Senior Art Director
Guilherme Grossi Senior Copywriter
Gabriel Nogueira da Gama Senior Art Director
Peter Watson Junior Art Director
Caleb Nyberg Copywriter
Tucker Stosic Junior Art Director
Matthew Dickman Creative Director/Copywriter
Sarah Masket Management Supervisor, Digital
Gabriella Mourad Assistant Account Executive, Digital

Production Company: Serial Pictures
John Hillcoat Director
Philippe Le Sourd - DP
Violaine Etienne Founding Partner/Executive Producer
Jennifer Gee Head of Production
Tracy Broaddus Producer

Editorial Company: EXILE
Carol Lynn Weaver Executive Producer
Jennifer Locke Head of Production
Brittany Carson Producer
Kirk Baxter Editor
Conor O’Neill Editor
Brett Holman Asst Editor
Rex Lowry Asst Edtior

Editorial Company: Spinach
Adam Bright Managing Director, Editor
Federico Brusilovsky Editor (Courtesy of Lost Planet)
Jason Dopko Editor (Courtesy of Lost Planet)
Rachel Simmer Assistant Editor (Courtesy of Lost Planet)
Lee Bacak Jr. Assistant Editor
Jonathan Carpio Executive Producer
David Cooke Associate Producer

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Patrick Nugent Sr. Executive Producer
Stacy Kessler Producer

Licensed Music:
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Sound Design Company: Barking Owl
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Ashley Benton Producer
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