War stories: Saatchi & Saatchi mixes the old with the new for Navy recruitment campaign

It wasn’t too long ago Saatchi & Saatchi was showcasing the joys of life in the Air Force in an effort to drum up new recruits. And now it’s taken to the water, with a new Navy campaign that “uncovers the extraordinary life of adventure, belonging
and purpose that comes with being a sailor” and features a stirring rendition of the national anthem by New Zealand’s oldest living Navy veteran, 96 year-old Vince
‘Cyclone’ McGlone.


McGlone served in the New Zealand Division and the RNZN from 1932 to 1946 and was
a gunner on HMS Achilles at the famous Battle
of the River Plate, the first naval battle victory in the Second World
War. And he still remembers and talks fondly about
the amazing career he had with the Navy, which was full of travel to overseas ports,
opportunities, rare experiences and belonging to a tight community.

For an organisation that still has to put ‘declassified’ on its emails before they can be sent to the outside world, The Defence Force has used social and digital media very well to talk to its target audience in the past. And that’s continuing, with a close connection between this
campaign, which was beautifully shot by Exit Film’s Greg Wood, and the Navy Facebook page and website to let potential recruits delve deeper into Navy operations and the career opportunities that exist within the service.


Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi

Client: New
Zealand Defence Force

Service: Royal
New Zealand Navy

Contact:  Commandar Nigel Philpott,  Lieutenant Commandar Wayne Burtton, Jessica

Media Used: TV, Digital
– banners and web experience, Facebook,magazine

Creative Director: Antonio Navas

Director/Copywriter: Slade Gill

Creative Group
Head/Art Director: Brad Collett

Designer: Sam

Producer: Loren

Company: Exit Films

Director/Film Co:
Greg Wood

Producer/Film Co:
 Vivienne Jaspers

Compostion: Peter van der Fluit/Liquid Studios

Sound Design:
Jon Cooper/The Coopers of Franklin Road

Digital Producer: Haydn Thomsen

Producer: Linda Krug

Designer: Peter Bardsley

Account Service:
Wendy Schrijvers, Zoie Bache, Katy Greening

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