Better, Stronger, Smarter, borrowing music from and paying visual homage to 1970s hit TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, opens on a beaten-up jalopy sailing across the desert, its multi-colored doors falling off and tumbling into the dust trail behind it. As the hood pops off in a geyser of sparks and the dumbfounded driver pulls the gear shift right off the frame, the narrator assails the current generation of crossovers as a mish-mosh of compromises that have created vehicles suitable for nobody. Shift scenes to Mazda's state-of-the-art labs, where an armada of white suit coats labors tirelessly to create the CX-5. Griffin delivers a parade of images portraying the staff at work behind elaborate testing machines, clocks, gauges, and giant computer screens, until they kick out their new creation, a "crossover without compromise." "I was a huge fan of the Six Million Dollar Man growing up, so it was really fun for me to cut this spot," noted Griffin. "The biggest challenge we faced here was cutting all the funny footage that Filip shot down to a coherent 60."
Client: Mazda of North America Spot Title: Better, Stronger, Smarter Air Date: April 2012 Agency: The Garage Team Mazda Chief Creative Officer: Harvey Marco CD/Copywriter: Napper Tandy CD/Art Director: Dino Spadaveccia Art Director: Aaron Onsurez Copywriter: Owen Flint Director of Integrated Production: Jamil Bardowell Producer: Brandon Boerner Production Company: Smuggler Director: Filip Engstrom Director of Photography: Par Ekberg EP: Laura Thoel Producer: Kendall Henry Editorial: jumP LA Editor: Patrick Griffin Assistant Editor: Keith Hamm EP: Betsy Beale Producer: Gavin Carroll Visual Effects: The Mill LA Sound Design/Mix: 740 Sound