Wes Anderson directing Sony’s new Xperia adverts

Sony has somehow convinced big-name Hollywood auteur Wes Anderson to direct a new TV advert for its Xperia range of Android phones, which will debut tomorrow night, alongside a wider campaign across print media.

The Xperia ad’s concept is that Sony’s Xperia models are “Made of Imagination,” an idea Anderson is illustrating by bringing the weird ideas of a few kids to life through a series of animated models. There’s a teaser clip on YouTube here

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…which looks rather promising. For an advert. Here’s the press release about the thing:

Sony brand launches in smartphone market with global advertising campaign

Brand campaign introduces Sony’s Xperia™ smartphone offering to consumers

Print and television campaign to demonstrate how Xperia smartphones are ‘Made of Imagination’

Award-winning Hollywood Director Wes Anderson creates and directs TV commercial

London, 19th March 2012 – This week sees the launch of a global advertising campaign to introduce consumers to the first Xperia™ smartphones from Sony. The expansive brand advertising campaign from Sony Mobile Communications marks Sony’s return to the smartphone market and emphasizes Sony’s connected entertainment experiences brought to life by Xperia smartphones.


The campaign – ‘Made of Imagination’ – kicks off on Saturday night with a 60-second commercial, directed by Academy Award® nominee, Wes Anderson. This is the first phase of the Made of Imagination campaign, which will be deployed across TV, print, digital, out-of-home and retail, and will roll out over the course of 2012.

Steve Walker, chief marketing officer at Sony Mobile Communications said, ”Xperia smartphones are a cornerstone of Sony’s entertainment experience and we wanted to create a campaign that is true to Sony, one that is unique, memorable and sparks consumers’ curiosity and imagination. The Made of Imagination campaign demonstrates that Xperia smartphones are made of more than microprocessors and memory chips – they are designed to let consumers use their creativity and imagination to drive connected experiences that interest and excite them.”

The Made of Imagination global campaign, which was developed with agency partners, McCann Worldgroup, PHD and LBi, embodies Xperia’s unique approach to design and entertainment experiences offered within the world of Sony.

Director Wes Anderson turned to the imaginations of children as inspiration for the TV commercial and the script is based verbatim on the thoughts of an 8 year old boy. He was assisted by a team of animators, set designers and puppeteers. The advert, which uses the same stop motion animation techniques made famous in blockbusters such as “Coraline” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, brings the boy’s vision of how Xperia smartphones work to life. Jonsi from Icelandic group, Sigur Ros provides the music. A sneak peek of the commercial can be viewed at http://bit.ly/FQcTPU.

The print campaign reflects Sony’s connected entertainment experiences that enable consumers to Play, Watch, Listen, Create. Each concept is brought to life with unique imagery and real life models that were hand built to demonstrate what is inside the smartphone. For example, for the ‘Listen’ concept the creative is a picture of guitar shaped like an Xperia smartphone. Sony Mobile Communications engaged the talents of renowned photographer Carl Kleiner to capture the images.

Sony Mobile Communications recently introduced Xperia™ U and Xperia™ P that join the flagship Xperia™ S in the NXT series. These new Xperia smartphones combine stand-out design and superior entertainment technology with the powerful performance consumers would expect from a Sony smartphone. The Xperia NXT series also provides access to Sony Entertainment Network*, a portal for consumers to access premium entertainment such as music, movies, TV shows and more, all from one convenient account.

The print advertising campaign is currently making its debut across European markets and will be rolled out globally.

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