“there’s a new form of hidden messages taking hold in ads: educational Easter eggs of a sort that are hiding in plain sight.
Sandy Hook Promise’s PSA “Evan” certainly brought global awareness to the tactic by telling the story of a high school romance that’s abruptly derailed a school shooting. In that video, from BBDO New York, we learn at the end that “warning signs” about the shooter were hidden throughout the clip.
Today we saw another example: a soaringly cinematic ad for a Danish optical brand.
The spot is a beautiful short film about children’s imaginations, but it also has its own hidden warning signs.