To promote the launch of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film, The Counselor, Whitehouse Post editor John Smith teamed with RSA directors Johnny Hardstaff and Luke Scott on a pair of evocative short films that conjure the world and characters of Scott’s feature, but using entirely original footage.
In one of the teasers Michael Fassbender enters a lingerie store, engaging the flirtatious young clerk in his quest to buy unmentionables for a woman he’s only just met. In another a white SUV carrying Cameron Diaz and her pet cheetah pull up into a desert gas station, where a curious Javier Bardem boldly approaches them.
“Ridley Scott is the greatest visualizer of his generation, and it was an honor to cut these virals for his new film,” said Smith, who also teamed with Luke Scott on two additional teasers.
“Our aim was very simple: to tease,” said Hardstaff. “Any teaser should be rich with intrigue, and John Smith does an excellent job of further amplifying the tension and subtext within our action. We don’t betray the experience of immersing yourself for the first time in the drama and thrill of Ridley’s vision for The Counselor, but hopefully instead we subtly begin to allude to it, gently expanding further the world he has created.”
Luke Scott added that “there is something very playful about this little sequence that could not even begin to fathom the complexity of The Counselor.”