July 10, 2024

Revolutionizing The Ad-Making Process: The Generative AI Approach

Creating a coffee brand ad concept with COLLIDE-AI

Spec commercials have long been a showcase for filmmakers to demonstrate their style, competence, and ambition. However, the recent release of Gen-3, Kling, Lumalab/Dream Machine, and other Gen-AI software has ushered in a new era of creative possibilities.

Gone are the days when Directors and Copywriters write scripts, then rely on storyboard artists and Art Director to deliver style frames to convince clients of their vision. With Gen.AI, we can now start visualizing ideas from the very first word on the page.

These tools offer clients and creatives new superpowers, allowing them to experiment with different concepts, tone, and timing without incurring significant costs or time commitments. It's not about replacing traditional methods like storyboards, previz, shooting, and production – but rather exploring new ways to express a visual style or direction within the creative process.

This process demonstrates the power of Gen.AI in the creative industry. It allows for rapid iteration, experimentation, and visualization of ideas in ways that were previously time-consuming and costly.

At Collide-AI, we've been at the forefront of this revolution. Over the past few years, we've had the opportunity to use Gen.AI to create something different, something new. For example, we developed a spec commercial for a coffee brand using LLama3's scriptwriting capabilities, then translated it into prompts with comfyui and then across to RunwayML Gen-3. The result was roughly 50 generations of content that served as the basis for the edit. The footage was upscaled to 4K using Topaz and then the grade was added in Resolve.

Ritual by COLLIDE-AI

As we continue to explore the possibilities of Gen.AI in advertising and filmmaking, we're excited about the potential for even more innovative and engaging content creation.

With the brand concept below the team at Collide-AI headed by @Bob. Now We Collide experimented to see how far we could push Generative AI to create an ad that captures the mood and ritual of the first morning coffee, not only using Gen.AI to create all the vision, but also the voice over.

Interested in learning more about how Gen.AI can transform your creative process?
Let's grab a coffee and chat.

Email info@nowwecollide.com.au

May 30, 2024

Can AI and Humans Be Friends?

As advertising and marketing undergoes a rapid transformation at an unprecedented pace, it is crucial to recognize the revolutionary power and impact of generative AI is having on our daily working lives. At Collide-AI, a division of Now We Collide, we are at the forefront of this revolution, harnessing the capabilities of AI to find new and exciting ways to deliver projects, while uncovering incredible efficiencies along the way. However, amidst the excitement surrounding AI, it is essential to acknowledge the irreplaceable role of human creativity and expertise in shaping the future of how we work.

In this new era of AI, ‘The Age of Intelligence’, I firmly believe that the success of our industry lies in the synergy between this advanced new technology and human ingenuity. While AI offers immense possibilities, it is the human touch that truly brings the magic to life. At Collide-AI, we have identified four critical human skills that are essential for thriving in this AI-driven world: critical thinking, emotional intelligence, ethics, and passion.

Critical thinking is a foundation upon which we build AI-powered campaigns. It allows us to analyse the vast amounts of information and outputs generated by AI, ensuring its accuracy, and to make strategic decisions based on the insights provided by the machine. Critical thinking allows humans to discern between valuable information and noise, ensuring that AI-generated content aligns with the desired objectives. This human discernment is crucial in navigating the complex landscape of AI-driven advertising, enabling us to create campaigns that are not only data and insights driven but also strategically sound.

Emotional intelligence is another vital human skill that sets us apart, providing critical human input. While AI can generate visually stunning and highly personalized content, it is the human understanding of emotions that truly connects with audiences on a deep level. Our team’s ability to empathize with the target audience, craft compelling narratives, and evoke powerful emotions is what transforms our AI-generated content into memorable and impactful experiences. By combining the efficiency of AI with the emotional depth of human creativity, we can create campaigns that forge lasting bonds between brands and consumers.

Ethics and responsibility are at the core of everything we do at Collide-AI. As we harness the power of AI, we are acutely aware of the potential risks and challenges that come with this technology. Our human judgment and moral compass ensure that we develop and deploy AI in a manner that is transparent, accountable, and aligned with our values. We should actively work to mitigate biases, protect user privacy, and promote inclusivity and diversity in the AI-generated content we create. By upholding ethical standards, we not only create a responsible approach to working with AI  but also contribute to shaping the future of AI in our industry.

Passion is a driving force behind our work at Collide-AI. Our team’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of what is possible using LLMs fuels our innovation and sets us apart in the industry. Don’t be content with simply leveraging AI for efficiency; be passionate about exploring new ways to combine AI with human creativity to create truly groundbreaking concepts, strategies and outcomes. This passion is evident in every project we undertake, from meticulous attention to detail in our AI-augmented content, to the ongoing pursuit of delivering exceptional results for our clients.

Our recent collaboration with ESPN on the “Your Home For Hoops” campaign exemplifies the power of combining AI with human creativity. In our third year of the campaign, we set the ambitious goal of using Generative AI as the main creative, design, and animation pipeline. By leveraging generative AI, we aimed to create a unique visual style and experience that would captivate basketball fans and excite them about ESPN’s basketball offering.

The success of the campaign relied on the seamless fusion of artificial intelligence and human expertise. Led by Bob Connelly, Now We Collide’s Director of Generative AI, along with our in-house team of creatives, strategists, and technologists, we worked hand-in-hand with our very own AI diffusion pipeline, guiding its input data and generated outputs, to ensure that it aligned with ESPN’s brand identity, resonated with their target audience, and adhered to the quality standards we were after. The human touch was essential in refining the AI-generated content, injecting emotional depth, and crafting visual narratives that struck a chord with basketball fans.

Throughout the campaign, we relied on critical thinking to evaluate the AI’s output and make strategic decisions that would maximize the impact of our message. Human emotional intelligence allowed us to understand the passion and excitement of the game, the players and the moments, enabling us to create gen AI outputs that truly connected with audiences on an emotional level.

The success of the “Your Home For Hoops” campaign is a testament to the power of combining AI with human creativity and ingenuity. By leveraging the strengths of both, we were able to deliver a campaign that maximized reach and engagement within the rapidly growing niche audience of basketball fans. This campaign serves as a great example of what is possible when we embrace the synergy between AI and human ingenuity to find new ways to create.

As we navigate this exciting new era of AI-driven advertising, it is crucial to remember that technology is a tool, not a replacement for human creativity. The future of advertising belongs to those who can successfully navigate the intersection of AI and human expertise, leveraging the strengths of both to create truly groundbreaking campaigns.

By fostering a culture that values critical thinking, emotional intelligence, ethics, and passion, we are poised to lead the industry into a future where AI and human creativity collide, delivering unparalleled experiences for brands and consumers alike.

The “Your Home For Hoops” campaign is just the beginning of what we can achieve, and as we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with AI, we remain committed to our belief that the human touch will always be the driving force behind the most impactful and memorable campaigns.

The rise of AI in advertising presents both challenges and opportunities. We are excited to be at the forefront of this revolution, leading the way in harnessing the power of AI while celebrating the irreplaceable value of human creativity. 

As we embark on this exciting journey, we hope brands and advertisers will join us in exploring the limitless possibilities that arise when AI and human creativity find synergy. Together, we can create a future where advertising not only informs and persuades but also inspires and connects on a deeper, more meaningful level.


COLLIDE-AI is a groundbreaking division of full service agency Now We Collide, dedicated to providing state-of-the-art generative AI solutions for advertising and marketing. By harnessing the power of advanced AI technologies, such as large language models, Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG), and synthetic media creation, Collide-AI empowers businesses to create captivating, data-driven content.  

A synergy of human ingenuity and artificial intelligence to create a new paradigm of possibilities.

For more visit: https://nowwecollide.com.au/collide-ai 

To find out more about the ESPN Your Home For Hoops project visit: https://nowwecollide.com.au/nowwecollide/hoopsai