Gravity “Torques Up” Ford: 2013 Truck Campaign Led By Gravity’s Yuval Levy, Working Closely With Team Detroit, To Revamp BFT Campaign


Last Updated: September 11, 2012 10:16 pm GMT
(New York, New York--September 11, 2012) International visual effects, design and brand communications company Gravity, and its in-house Director & Creative Director Yuval Levy, have just completed a new, five-spot campaign promoting 2013 Ford F-Series Trucks. Working in tandem with Ford’s advertising agency, Team Detroit, Gravity produced a fresh approach to the iconic “Rant” campaign featuring the rapid-fire voice-over of actor/comedian Denis Leary. The new campaign just broke.

To view the new spot entitled “Thinking,” please see:

And to view the new spot entitled “Work Day,” please see:

Another new Gravity-produced spot will begin to air nationally in October.

Team Detroit retained Gravity to help create a new approach to the well-known Denis Leary “Rant” spots, which have been highly effective in promoting Ford Trucks since the 2009 model year.

The new spots Gravity produced highlight the fuel efficiency and capability of the 2013 F-150 and Super Duty pickups. Gravity’s director Yuval Levy directed four days of live action photography on location shooting six Ford truck models on various locations in the California desert.

Regarding Gravity’s work, Gravity’s CEO/Chief Creative Officer Zviah Eldar said, “When we were asked to work with Team Detroit on their legendary Ford F-150 & Super Duty campaign, we were thrilled. The campaign was pitched against very stiff industry competition over more than two months. We fought hard for this opportunity. This enormous project involved every facet of our company, from the concept behind the ‘look and feel,’ to live action production, editorial, motion graphics and visual effects. Our design teams spent a great deal of time on these spots, to ensure they presented Ford’s 2013 product line in a truly unique and highly artistic fashion. We feel we rose to the challenge.”

Gravity’s CMO/Executive Producer Bob Samuel adds, “Yuval worked closely with Team Detroit Creative Director Paul Kirner and Senior Art Director Beth Hambly. Together, the three really championed the use of positive-negative space for this campaign, which in turn led to dozens of images, each illustrating various aspects of the product. Yuval then had to solve the riddle of bringing the design to motion and creating transitions between disparate images. It was an intricate puzzle which Yuval nailed with amazing results.”

Team Detroit Creative Director Brad Hensen said, "We were looking for a distinct visual change in the campaign, but we also wanted it to feel reminiscent of the original work for the ’09 F-150. Because of the campaign’s media weight, we needed the spots to be very re-watchable.” Senior writer Sue Mersch said, “We want viewers to see something new each time they see the spots.” “To that end, the scene transitions had to be interesting and clever. Gravity and Yuval really stepped up to that challenge. We're very pleased with the results," Hensen added.

Levy said, “The agency CD’s Brad & Paul, their creative team Sue & Beth, and Producer Bob Rashid were real partners throughout the whole process. We worked together for months in development, and had the full support of Team Detroit’s Chief Creative Officer Toby Barlow, Executive Creative Director Curtis Melville, and all the guys at Ford. It was a unique and gratifying experience for me designing, directing the live action, and supervising our team on an intense finishing schedule. I also think the experience and calm of Gravity Producer Russ Dube kept things on an even keel.”

Gravity produced three additional spots for Ford’s annual retail truck sales promotion, the “Built Ford Tough Event” broke on Sept. 4th. Team Detroit’s Paul Zimmerman, Jac Manseur and Bob Rashid worked with Yuval and his team at Gravity. These additional spots are football-themed, and also utilize the positive-negative space concept to support a month-long truck promotion

Director/Creative Director: Yuval Levy
CEO/Chief Creative Officer: Zviah Eldar
CMO/Executive Producer: Bob Samuel
Head of Production: Karen Bianca Bisignano
Senior Producer: Russ Dube
Associate Producer: Emily Davis
Editor/Compositor: Marc Steinberg
Head of Design: Israel Breslev
Design Producer: Miri Birov
Designers: Vadim Sverdlov, Cryssy Cheung, Jie-Yun Roe
CG Artists: Brian DiNoto, Goran Ognjanovic, Anthony Ragusa, Chimin Yang, Sangdo Park, John Mangia
Live Action:
Director: Yuval Levy
DP/Director: Paul Laufer
Executive Producers: Bob Samuel, Neale Ferguson
Senior Producer: Carr Donald
Production Manager: Nick Shandra

Team Detroit Credits:
Chief Creative Officer: Toby Barlow
Executive Creative Director: Curtis Melville
CD, Writer: Brad Hensen
CD, Art Director: Paul Kirner
Art Director: Beth Hambly
Writer: Susan Mersch
Sales Event CDs: Todd Chumley, Mike Prigge
Sales Event Art Director: Paul Zimmerman
Sales Event Writer: Jac Mansour
Executive Producer: Bob Rashid
Business Manager: Samer Ajluni
Gravity is an international visual effects, design and brand communications company with proven expertise in three integrated divisions: Features & Television, Commercials, and Digital. With 250 talented professionals across offices in New York, Los Angeles, Connecticut and Tel Aviv, the company is a widely renowned generator of high-end visual effects, creative content, motion graphics design, animation, branding, and digital strategy.
The company's clients include Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Entertainment, HBO, Paramount Pictures, Virgin Produced, The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Verizon, Pantene, MGA Entertainment, Carlsberg, Kmart, and Braun. Gravity’s recent feature film credits include “Tower Heist,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Arthur,” “The Other Guys,” “Salt,” “The Reader,” and “Ghost Town.” The company’s television credits include HBO’s “Bored to Death,” “The Sopranos,” and “Sex and The City.”

Gravity’s New York office is located at 315 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10017. The phone is 212/986-1584. The company’s West Coast office is located in the Lantana Building, 3000 West Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90404. The phone is 310/264-3909. For more information, please visit


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