Dietrich Creates Frighteningly Big Sea Spot

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Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Director Peter Dietrich created a special spot for Chapita's Molto croissants.Sailors manning an ocean liner, panic when they find themselves steaming toward an object of titanic proportions. In a scene reminiscent of a blockbuster movie, the ship’s crew work frenetically to keep the vessel from colliding with a mammoth object looming before them in the frigid Atlantic. The scene is part of a new commercial directed by Peter Dietrich for Chapita’s Molto croissants.

At the end of the spot, a panoramic image reveals that the menace in the water is not a big chunk of ice, but rather a floating pastry of epic proportions. The tagline proclaims Molto’s croissants, “frighteningly big.” Topcut produced the ad for Athens agency Black Cherry.

Dietrich, who directs in the United States via A Common Thread and was recently named one of the world’s best commercial directors by Best Ads on TV, plays the scene like an edge-of-your-seat drama and imbues it with high-end production value.

The 1920s vintage costumes and sets—including the ship’s bridge and engine room—are meticulously realized. The crew’s attempt to avoid calamity includes cutaways to an officer frantically spinning the ship’s giant wooden wheel, and burly sailors straining their muscles to close a valve and shovel coal into a blast furnace.

Best of all are the deadpan performances Dietrich elicits from his ensemble cast. Their rising sense of peril perfectly sets up the end twist as the captain and first mate stare bug-eyed at the buttery apparition in the water.


Titles: Frighteningly Big

Product: Chapita

Agency: Black Cherry; Christos Kerassiotis, Executive Creative Director; Stamatis Athanassoulas, Executive Producer.

Direction:  Peter Dietrich (represented in the U.S. by A Common Thread)

Production: Topcut. Paco Karabas, Producer; Jon Gaute Espevold, DOP

Music: Klaus Lehr

Post/VFX: Digital Straik, Dreamdust

Link to the spot:

A Common Thread