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Academy of Dermatology's "Lawn"


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Thursday, May. 29, 2014


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Director Peter Dietrich of A Common Thread uses humor to get people to think seriously about a scary subject matter in a new campaign for the American Academy of Dermatology and Chicago agency HyConnect. In Lawn¸ a man’s obsession with a brown patch on his lawn serves as a metaphor for the importance of skin cancer detection.   “You’d do anything to take care of that spot in your lawn,” cautions the voiceover. “So, why not take care of that spot on your skin?” As the narration provides advice on how to avoid becoming a cancer victim, the man continues his lawn care crusade. Ultimately, he is consigned to sitting and gazing at the spot, waiting for the grass to grow.

Client: American Academy of Dermatology
Title: Lawn, Time
Agency: HyConnect, Chicago.
Kevin Houlihan, executive creative director; Michael Matykiewicz, associate creative director/copywriter; Colin Quinn, senior art director; Kiki Hayes, producer.
Production: A Common Thread. Peter Dietrich, director; J.P. McMahon and Tristan Drew, executive producers.
Edit: The Colonie, Chicago.
Tom Pastorelle, editor. 
VFX: Arsenal FX
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