Kilz: Every Project is Worth It by Arcana Academy

Client: Kilz
Date: Apr 2019
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Kilz is taking paint ads to an emotional level with the new campaign for its line of primers, which lay the foundation for great paint jobs. Led by commercials that depict the delight of people seeing their dream rooms for the first time, the campaign involves several layers of content to take audiences from inspiration to education and preparation.

Spots key on the satisfaction that makes all the work of painting worthwhile by showing people reacting to common occasions where people paint, without showing what they’re seeing. The idea is to recreate the suspense of home improvement shows, which tease into commercial breaks with guests’ extreme reactions to something being revealed off-camera.

In the 30-second called 'Reveal,' we watch five scenarios of people being beckoned or led to see something. First, there’s the anticipation, from a little girl running up the stairs and a husband covering his pregnant wife’s eyes as he walks her forward to a couple beckoning a grandfather to come see something. Then we get intense reactions from gasps to smiles and tears. The spot closes with “every project is worth it,” the Kilz logo and a button pointing viewers to “see what they see.”

The video ad leads to an interactive landing page entitled “Every project is worth it,” which shows the five rooms that actors are reacting to. Each is a common occasion to repaint, and provides both before-and-after comparisons and step-by-step instructions. The instructions start with priming the surfaces, a foundation step largely lost on a new generation of homeowners. By clicking on the products listed, visitors can go straight to where to buy them.

Also, a series of hero animations will appear on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, where people increasingly look for before-and-after imagery and instruction.


Client: KILZ, BEHR Company

Chief Marketing Officer: Jodi Allen

Senior Director, Brand Marketing: Andy Lopez

Senior Brand Manager: Mallory Jurich

Brand Manager: Tiffany Higgins

KILZ Art Manager: Jessica Cramer

Digital Marketing Manager: John Buzyn

Digital Marketing: Jennifer Ferguson

Agency: Arcana Academy

Creative Directors: Lee Walters, Shane Hutton

Agency Producer: Jessica Darke

Account Management: Nicole Young, Kensy Reissig

Director: Richard Farmer

Line Producer: Elliot Feld

Photography: Mark Read Photography

Photography: Madigan Studios

Photographer: Keith Madigan

Photographer: Jacob Williams

Prop Stylist: Nick Hamblen

Editorial and Sound: Arcana 101

Editor: John Jenkins

Editorial Assistant: Stephen Shirk

Sound Design and Mix: D. Chris Smith

Animation: Laundry

Head of Production: Matthew Primm

Producer: Dean Marchand

Project Coordinator: Stephanie Alvarez, Kelly Barnhardt

Creative Direction: Tony Liu & PJ Richardson

Design: Micah Fitzgerald, Yoojin Seol

3D Animation & Compositing: Micah Fitzgerald, Alan Ng, Teppei Maki

Web Development: Accenture

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