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January 31, 2007

K-Fed and Nationwide: Wish they'd just done the storyboards

Burt Helm

When Nationwide’s PR reps gave me a heads up about the commercial a couple weeks ago, they sent along storyboards. Comparing them with the final result gives us a little peek into the process of making a celeb-themed ad. Here are the boards:

VFX: OPEN ON KEVIN FEDERLINE. HIS BALL CAP SITS ATOP HIS HEAD, SLIGHTLY ASKEW. HE’S WEARING A WIRELESS HEADSET.

HE DANCES AND RAPS.

K-FED: Kevin Federline – you gonna eat up my rhyme. Ain’t got no more time for Miss BS; and PS, now I’m rappin’ patty. Yeah Number One. With a

shimmy shake too. Want me to make it large for you? You da boss-a-me – lovin’ that special sauce from me. You gonna shag it, then I’ll bag

it. Do a drive by—hey 6-99, pay Federline.

VFX: PULL BACK TO REVEAL FEDERLINE IS WORKING THE DRIVE-THRU WINDOW AT A FAST FOOD JOINT. HE RAPS ON, DANCING

TO HIS RAP.

CAR PULLS UP TO THE WINDOW FEDERLINE IS AT. HE HANDS THEM THEIR BAG OF FOOD.

SUPER: LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST®

When I first saw this I almost fell out of my chair laughing. Then on January 29 Nationwide put up the full 30-second spot on the web:

What a shame! The final spot is bloated with obeisance to Federline. Too much self-aggrandizing glam-rapping, and while Federline’s timing on the last “wha?” is worth a chuckle, the transition is clunky.

I wonder how much they had to change the spot to get him to play ball. I got the chance to shoot questions at Federline (some serious, some not, though I’m not sure he could tell the difference. That video will be up soon) on Monday. In the interview he told me he was reluctant to do it originally, but that Nationwide’s team persisted, telling him to think of it like an SNL skit.

It looks to me like they gave up too much ground, to everyone’s loss. Frankly if it were tougher on him I think he would have come off funnier, and more sympathetic to the audience. I’d love to get Nationwide or TM Advertising (the agency that handled it) to chip in their two cents, though.

06:40 PM

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Tracked on February 1, 2007 11:03 AM

Great clip, Burt. This is absolutely hilarious! I work in P&G in Asia, and I just wish we can get more chances here to use (fake) celebs like Federline, instead of of the more traditional/ influencer advertising execution. Keep it coming!

Posted by: Oliver at January 31, 2007 10:52 PM

Just wanted to let you know I based a post on your post since your trackbacks aren't working for me:

http://www.prohiphop.com/2007/02/kevin_federline.html

Nice work on sharing the storyboards. I love that behind the scenes stuff.

Posted by: Clyde Smith at February 7, 2007 08:55 PM


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