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Top 6: January 10th 2024
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World Of Tanks: Holiday Ops!

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Top 6: January 10th 2024
Independent global creative agency CUBO has joined forces with leading production house HALAL to create a festive blockbuster like no other – made using a creative process like no other. Every year, Wargaming organises a seasonal takeover by a movie star for its World of Tanks games across PC, mobile, and console. This year, the responsibilities fall to the renowned British football legend and movie star Vinnie Jones. Jones has a key role as an ambassador of the new Holiday Ops game, which will thrill millions of expectant fans around the world. To reveal Jones’ starring role, HALAL director Andzej Gavriss directed ‘No Going Back’ – a beautifully crafted, sumptuously filmed, five minute opus featuring Jones exuding star quality alongside a hardman Santa, and his gang of misfit elves. For years, Jones has been working covertly as Santa’s enforcer, dealing with those who have been naughty rather than nice. This year, however, Jones isn’t here to hand out the punishments, but to hand over his resignation to Santa. He is leaving his post to seek a new opportunity: becoming a commander in World of Tanks … but not before he and his crew knock out one last “naughty list.” Created to promote World of Tanks’ 2023 Holiday Ops event, the ambitious film is an antidote to unoriginal and saccharine Christmas campaigns. Fittingly, this unconventional campaign was made in an unconventional way, using NYC-founded creative shop CUBO’s agile methodology. The entire campaign was conceived, written and approved in a ‘creative sprint’ that took just five days – with creatives, director, stand-in actors, production and client brainstorming and collaborating throughout. Incredibly, the idea, characters, script, storyboard, director’s treatment, animatic and scenes shot right then and there – plus multiple rounds of consumer testing – were not only achieved in a single week, but the result was a meticulously crafted film on a level with a classic gangster movie. By fusing deep gaming audience knowledge with film-making craft and aesthetics, CUBO, HALAL and game publisher Wargaming created a festive spectacle that works across multiple markets, platforms and different audiences. The film is targeted at current and potential World of Tanks’ players on PC, mobile and console – amounting to a 200 million+ global niche of gamers. The multilayered film unapologetically leans into tension and drama on the one hand – but offers belly laughs on the other. Bringing together iconic casting, art direction, production values and cinematography – all steered by a Hollywood-worthy script written by CUBO creative director Henry Scott together with copywriter and playwright Ryan Delehanty, with input from the entire team, including the cast – who were encouraged to improvise additional jokes and lines.
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Strategy Director: Pilar Rashad

Partner CSO: Flavia Buchmann

Designer: Chris Ansah


Company Owner: Gijs Determeijer

Designer: Yinchel Fyon Tang

Edit: David Whittaker, Ella Oliver

VFX: Glassworks

Post producer: James McCubbin

Sound: Paddy Owen

Service Production: Forever

Client: Wargaming

Global Head of Content: Irene Brodko

Global Head of Strategy: Hiro Kozaka Cavalcanti

Business Development: Natallia Asipovich, Victoria Vitushko

Publishing Director, Modern Armor: Alena Terekhova

Creative director: Serge Foris

Head of Creative Media: Alex Morozov

Product manager, World of Tanks PC: Anastasiya Prybylskaya,

Marketing manager: Vitaliy Kolomiyets

Video producer: Vedat Bonfil

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