See How Las Vegas Love Blooms in Only 8 Seconds in These Stylish Ads for Park MGM

Gondry brothers hit the creative jackpot

Falling into the pool ... and in love in 8 seconds. Park MGM
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Even if the science is flimsy, it’s an intriguing notion to think that it takes a mere 8.2 seconds to fall in love, according to the journal, Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Another study, from Microsoft, claims that our modern attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish. Again, about 8 seconds. (Pity the person who had to do that fieldwork).

But just concede the points long enough to drink in “Las Vegas Love Stories,” a moody, surreal, meticulously shot series of micro-films from Oscar winner Michel Gondry (Showtime’s Kidding, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and his brother, Olivier (OK Go, White Stripes music videos) via Vice’s creative agency, Virtue.

The client, the new Park MGM resort, wanted the property’s intro to be “thoughtful, imaginative, a bit whimsical and to spark conversation,” said Patrick Miller, president and COO. “The Gondry brothers’ ability to accomplish all of that within 8.2 seconds is both gorgeous and mind-boggling.”

Park MGM and Virtue are treating the launch today of the six mini-feature films like a theatrical release, complete with billboards on the Sunset Strip in L.A., a full-length trailer and a hub on IMDB.

It’s easy to see why. These lovely featurettes are more stylish, memorable and arresting than most of the big-screen fare coming out of Hollywood these days. The goal of the campaign, shot in and around Park MGM, was to swap out the Vegas reputation for overindulgence and excess and replace it with subtlety and chemistry.

The films are intended to give viewers “a reason to believe in a new kind of Las Vegas.” Lofty, for sure, but the Gondrys certainly put a lovely, high-gloss sheen on Sin City, with slow-motion pool dives, literal and metaphorical roller coaster rides, surreal bumper cars, impromptu threesomes and friends turned lovers.

No detail is too small for the exacting filmmakers, and even the mini-movie credits and one-sheet posters are beautifully rendered and retro chic.

“In a world where what is seen is instantly forgotten, but what is felt lives forever, falling in love is life’s greatest gamble,” said Cameron Farrelly, CCO, Virtue. “When it comes to making movies, 8.2 seconds can feel like a lifetime, especially in the hands of two of the most romantic directors of all time.”


Client: Park MGM (MGM Resorts International & Sydell Group)
Agency: Virtue

Chief Creative Officer: Cameron Farrelly
Group Creative Director: Heather Pieske
Creative Director: Alanna Watson
Art Directors: Sophia Moore, Paul Raffaele
Copywriter: Madeline Leary
Design: Jay Shen, Krissan Pattugalan
Head of Production: Jill Rothman
Head of Integrated Production: Daniela Asaro
Senior Producer: Leyla Rosario
Producers: KC Van Elslander, Daniel Bonomo

Client Partner: Ray Kang
Associate Director, Client Services: Carli Nicholas
Account Supervisor, Client Services: Hagan Rushton

Head of Strategy: RG Logan
Strategy Director: Quay Fox
Communications Strategy Director: Justin Schneider
Senior Communications Strategist: Taylor Delbridge

Directed by: Michel Gondry + Olivier Gondry
Production Company: Partizan
Edited by: Olivier Gondry
Colorist: Ricky Gausis, MPC
Post-Production: Eight VFX
Media Agency: McCann

Film Composers: Ryan Hope and Ari Balouzian for Apistogramma Films
Trailer Composer: Jay Paul Bicknell
Director of Music: Charlotte von Kotze
Music Licensing Assistant: Rowan Puri

Trailer VO: Alan Watts

Audio Mix Tom Jucarone, Re-Recording Mixer, Sound Lounge

Clients: Andrew Zobler, Patrick Miller, Jeremy Selman, Jessica Glavin, Elizabeth Harlow

@TLStanleyLA T.L. Stanley is a senior editor at Adweek, where she specializes in consumer trends, cannabis marketing, meat alternatives, pop culture, challenger brands and creativity.
Publish date: September 27, 2018 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT