Dutch Mill Documents the Struggles of a Product Launch with a 5-member Crew in Lockdown via Wunderman Thompson Thailand

While the COVID-19 situation is improving in many countries where people can now take off their masks, go to a concert or watch football in a stadium, Thailand remains in heavy lockdown.

Under the governmental policy, commercial shoots are restricted to no more than five people on set, which poses a huge challenge to all production crews. Since most of the industry work on a freelance basis, many have been unemployed for up to three months.

Dutch Mill, a leading Thai dairy brand, had to film a commercial for a new product, Dutch Mill Selected Rich Espresso coffee-flavored milk. A product with a strong coffee flavor to help you feel “strong” in any situation.

The commercial planned to use a Rube Goldberg (chain reaction) machine to demonstrate the journey of fresh milk and rich espresso coffee, but due to lockdown, this complex shoot could only be achieved with five people behind the camera.

The production crew documented the Herculean task of engineering and filming this complex machinery with a 5-member crew over three grueling months in a behind-the-scenes video titled “The Lockdown Rube Goldberg”. In the documentary, the perseverance of the director and his art director sends a hopeful message to all to stay strong through their own adversity.

Within three days, the video received over 4.4K shares, 4M organic views, and 1K comments of encouragement for the crew.  

Raviwan Mahakachaporn, Marketing Director of Dutch Mill, said the brand wanted to show support for the industry in these tough times “In this lockdown situation, it is tough for all of us but especially for freelance workers who are not on a payroll. They need all the support they can get, and we are happy to be their working partner. We hope this video will cheer you up and fuel your strength to fight another day.”

Thasorn Boonyanate, Executive Creative Director of Wunderman Thompson Thailand, added: “We’re trying to prove that it’s possible for brands to launch communication under this 5-person production limit. Not only did we commission the crew to make this documentary to promote themselves, but we also diverted a portion of our agency fee to hire 70 production staff who are currently out of work. The truth is we all need each other to get through COVID-19 together.”

The campaign follows Dutch Mill’s support of more than 200 Mum-and-Pop shops in Thailand during the pandemic by diverting advertising spend for user-generated geo-targeted ads for the local stores.

Watch the film here.


Agency Credit : Wunderman Thompson Thailand

Managing Director : Parattajariya Jalayanateja

Chief Creative Officer : Park Wannasiri

Executive Creative Director : Thasorn Boonyanate

Creative Group Head : Chanikarn Sitthiaree

Copywriter : Supalerk Silarangsri / Chanikarn Sitthiaree / Thasorn Boonyanate

Art Director : Smach Chotitat

Client Service Director : Nakhanya Sangsingkeo/ Arisarakorn Kamonsuntisuk 

Account Director : Wanachoke Yimyong

Account Executive : Viranyupar Charoensin

Agency Producer : Jiraporn Channawach

Strategic Planning Director : Sean Lee Ong

Planner : Kunpratchtasorn Chutikuntanaki

Project Manager: Kanokwan Kaewkern

Film Production House : B1 Films

Director: Bhakpong Skonvitayanon / Duangtawan Sirikoon

DOP: Karn Uansri / Wichayuth Babprasert

Gaffer: Chanthut Kasemsantinavin

Executive Producer : Rewat Vorart

Producer : Teeruth Satitkul

Art Director: Kritsamas Ualapun / Kanueng Dumkaew

Production Manager: Pornchanok Junjumroensub

Asst.Production Manager: Thanet Rainthorn

Casting team: Chatchalai Jaroenpithayaluck  

Costume & Stylist: Yooyyadech Sittiamorn

Location Manager: Julladit Prasertchaiwanich

Sound Production:Mellowtunes / Wild at Heart Studio

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