HP's simple, moving Father's Day ad will have you welling up

Rachel McDonald directs a tale of the power of a printed photo

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Jun 13, 2018

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HP continues to press our emotional buttons with its "Keep Reinventing" campaign. After previous efforts including a back-to-school tearjerker and a heartwarming tale of a little girl's kind neighbor, its Father's Day ad is a genuine weepie that might just get you, right there.

The spot, by FF LA-NY, depicts a father telling his baby there's someone he'd like him to meet. He carries him into another room and introduces him to his grandfather; the baby reaches out and seemingly touches the elderly man's hand. But when the camera pulls back, we see it's actually a printed photo of the grandfather he's touching. The breeze flutters through an open window, underlining that the grandfather has passed away. It's a deceptively simple creative idea about the power of a photograph, beautifully executed by director Rachel McDonald and director of photography Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, both of Tool.

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Jun 13, 2018
Rachel McDonald
Production Company:
Tool North America
Director, Photography:
Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki
Chief Creative Officer:
Fred & Farid
Creative Director:
Laurent Leccia
Art Director:
Jon Barco
Gabriel Sehringer
Agency Account Team:
Amanda Hellman
Agency Account Team:
Sara Katherine Rich
Business Affairs Director:
Lisa Rosario
Executive Producer:
Amanda Van Caneghem

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