World Famous Looks Forward for Volvo

By Erik Oster 

Seattle full-service creative studio World Famous recently produced “Looking Forward,” the debut spot in Volvo’s “Wonder of Summer” campaign.

30 and 60-second versions of the spot, directed by Jesse Harris, are airing now across the U.S. The spot aims to capture “the brand’s comfortable nostalgia, resonating with millennials and adults who fondly remember sitting in the reverse third row of a Volvo wagon.” Our protagonist fondly remember seeing the world in reverse from the back of her mother’s Volvo wagon. Around the mid-way point of the spot, the tone changes from fond nostalgia to “looking forward,” which she decides is better than looking back, as World Famous attempts to convince viewers that the same company that made the station wagons of their youth now makes a vehicle that makes the summer something to look forward to.

Director Jesse Harris’ relationship with Volvo dates back to when Harris launched the Seattle-based National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in 2007, when he was still an up-and-coming film and commercial director. That festival has grown to attract over 12,000 attendees, with Volvo remaining a leading sponsor since its inception.

“Working with Volvo throughout the years I’ve really gotten to know the brand on a deep level,” explains Harris. “I’m also a Volvo owner myself and Volvos are so popular here in Seattle, so I see that brand loyalty firsthand. I wanted to do something that truly came from the heart and would strike a chord with anyone who’s ever been in one of those ubiquitous station wagons. It was really a passion project, and my colleagues at World Famous were instrumental from concept to finish in helping me bring this story to life.” Credits after the jump.


Production Company: World Famous
Director: Jesse Harris
Writer: Jesse Harris
Executive Producer: Megan Ball
Head of Production: Nick Hegge
Producer: Kyle Seago
Editor: Nick Pezzillo
Director of Photography: TJ Williams Jr.
Color: Lightpress
Sound Mix: Clatter&Din
A co-production of NFFTY