Paranoid US Directors AB/CD/CD Create the First In-Theater Live Advertisement
AB/CD/CD collaborated with agency Johannes Leonardo NY on an ad that paired a live performance with live action footage for the retailer, Daffy’s. The directorial collective, a recent addition to the Paranoid US roster, conceived an entertaining scenario that encompassed the agency’s vision in relation to the screen.
“The agency wanted direction that captured a new, fresh style. AB/CD/CD was a perfect choice as they pulled from their extensive music video background and trendsetting lifestyle”, said Producer Janice Biggs. The collective recently directed Lily Allen’s “Fuck You” and brought a similar upbeat mindset with strong color palette, scheme, and casting.
This new take on an advertisement was a challenge in more ways than one. While the production crew was given a two-month execution time, they ended up with three jobs on their hands: a stage production, a multi-camera shoot and the task of synthesizing the two.
Additionally, costume and choreography played an essential role in AB/CD/CD’s cutting-edge concept. With a synchronized dance arrangement incorporating layers of clothing, the directors and designers paid significant attention to costumes that impacted the way the dancers moved. Choreographer Noemie Lafrance, a frequent contributor on Feist’s music videos, brought a professional artistry, concentrating significantly on timing and demanding rehearsals.
The performance ran at The Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan in late October, most recently October 30 and 31.

Paranoid US is a production company and design studio specializing in live action, graphic design and animation. With an extensive roster of European talent, Paranoid US brings a distinct aesthetic to the advertising landscape for such prominent brands as Playstation, Nike, Coke and Citroen. One of the most awarded production companies, Paranoid’s artists and directors have created winning projects for numerous Cannes Lions, Art Directors Club and AICP awards. The company began in Paris in 1995, branching stateside in 2003 with Paranoid US in Los Angeles. The Paranoid brand has extensive global reach, with offices in Paris, Los Angeles, London and Sao Paulo and representation in Hamburg and Sydney.

Daffy's “Fitting Dance" Client: Daffy's Inc. Agency: Johannes Leonardo Executive Creative Director: Jan Jacobs & Leo Premutico Agency Producer: Matthew Mattingly Account Director: Matt Ahumada Director: AB/CD/CD Production Company: Paranoid US Executive Producers: Claude Letessier & Cathleen O’Conor Executive Producer, Frenzy Paris: Elsa Rakotoson Producer: Janice Biggs DOP: Zak Mulligan Choreographer: Noemie Lafrance Choreography Asst: Ayelen Liberona Costume Design: Angela Esteban Librero Editorial: Lost Planet Editor: Charlie Johnston Executive Producer: Krystn Wagenberg Producer: Marcia Wigley Senior Cutting Assistant: Jesse Hass Music: Amber Music US Composer: Will Bates (Fall on Your Sword) Executive Producer: Phil Mossman ECD: Michelle Curran Vocals: Kat Auster Online: Black Hole Smoke Artist: Tim Farrell Smoke Assistant: Tim Vierling Telecine: Nice Shoes Colorist: Chris Ryan / Lez Rudge / Gene Curly Sound: Sound Lounge Mixer: Philip Loeb / Rob Sayers