You may have seen Leagas Delaney’s ad for Fanta, featuring some
rather odd teenagers doing their thing in a snow-covered landscape. The
script called for two characters, who find their lives transformed by
the discovery of Fanta, to be filmed on a glacier.
The agency found a suitable location in Argentina and despatched the
creative team to shoot the ad.
After most of the filming had been done on the mountain, the crew
gathered their lights, cameras and equipment together and summoned the
helicopter to take them back to Buenos Aires.
The Argentinian Navy helicopter, which served in the Falklands and Gulf
wars, had to make eight trips to accommodate all the crew and
Sadly, after the seventh trip, a freak wind grounded the helicopter and
the agency’s English prop man, Ray Spencer, found himself stranded on
the glacier with two Argentinian cameramen and a mountain guide,
suffering 180 kilometre per hour winds and icy temperatures.
Luckily, the guide was also a survival expert and he showed them how to
carve an igloo out of the snow and ice, in which they could shelter and,
as it turned out, spend the night. The helicopter managed to reach them
the following day, when it took them to the safety of a small village
where they were greeted as local heroes. And then they were featured in
the Argentinian equivalent of Hello!.
Bet the client’s looking forward to their invoices.