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Intense Subaru Ad Focuses Almost Entirely on One of Its Vehicles Horribly Wrecked in a Crash


And speaking of Subaru, here's another new spot from Carmichael Lynch for the automaker, and it's a whole lot more sobering than that snogging-dogs one.

This one's about safety, and it boldly shows something you rarely see in car commercials—the twisted wreckage of what's left of one of the automaker's vehicles after a horrendous accident. The wrecked Subaru Outback here is not a prop—it's a real car that really got totaled. But the driver survived, and that's the point of the ad (directed by Lance Acord of Park Pictures). "They lived," the characters say—from the policeman at the crash site to the workers at the junkyard. "Subaru. Five 2014 IIHS top safety picks," says the on-screen copy at the end.

Extending the reality theme, a companion website features actual letters from Subaru owners explaining how the vehicles helped save their lives.

Safety spots almost always imply danger rather than graphically showing the effects of it. And indeed, it's a bold move to leave viewers pondering a pile of your own disfigured steel. What do you think—good move, or over the top?

Credits below.

Client: Subaru of America
Spot: "They Lived"

Agency: Carmichael Lynch
Chief Creative Officer: Dave Damman
Executive Creative Director: Randy Hughes
Writer, Associate Creative Director: Conn Newton
Art Director, Associate Creative Director: Michael Rogers
Head of Production: Joe Grundhoefer
Executive Producer: Brynn Hausmann
Business Manager: Vicki Oachs
Account Service Team: David Eiben, Krista Kelly, Kate Moret

Production Company: Park Pictures
Director: Lance Acord
Executive Producer: MaryAnn Marino
Line Producer: Aristides McGarry
Director of Photography: Lance Acord

Editing House: Whitehouse Post
Editor: Stephen Jess
Assistant Editor: Tim Quackenbush
Visual Effects: Steve Medin, Volt
Telecine: Sean Coleman, Company 3
Audio Mix, Sound Design: Carl White, BWN Music

"Clear Moment"
Composer: Miles Hankins, scoreAscore
Music Supervisor: Jonathan Hecht

On-camera talent: Tim Lane, Diane Luby Lane, Millie Lane, Charlie Burrows, Aaron Norwell, Frederick Lawrence, Stephen Taylor, Kevin Bowers
Voiceover Talent: Tim Lane, Justin Beere (announcer)

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