University Communication and Marketing

MSC04 2545
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-5813

Conception to Creation

March 7, 2011 - Andrea Salazar

Creating an original concept for an institutional spot is no easy task. From the start, our team’s goal was to stand out from the crowd and change the idea of what an institutional spots looks like because, in watching over 30 ads, we realized most look the same. They feature football, cheering crowds, beakers and other stereotypical college scenes. However, the ads from Tulane University (“Water”) and San Diego State University (“Aztec for Life”) stuck with us and inspired our concepts because they told a story.

On February 18, we pitched our best three concepts – “Big Moments,” “Building Blocks” and “Flag Carriers” (see supporting images below). The winning concept was “Big Moments” – a concept featuring UNM students preparing for and succeeding in nerve-racking situations, such as a test, a performance, a speech, a discovery and a basketball game with UNM’s guidance and education.

Creative Concepts

Going into Spring Break, our team is working on finalizing a storyboard, casting our actors and extras, and putting together a schedule for filming. The biggest obstacle we’ve faced so far has been getting approval to use the equipment we need to produce the best possible ad.  Once we overcome that minor bump, however, we’ll be on our way to creating a unique ad to highlight the University of New Mexico!

Photo Credit: Jason Ponic

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May 10, 2013

The Lobo Experience
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Almost There
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Filming the Wolf
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The Pitch
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2013 Creative Concept
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2013 Interns Selected
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Open for Interpretation
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A Smooth Rough Cut
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The Filming Finale
March 30, 2012

Finalizing the Concept
March 2, 2012

The 2012 Spot
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2012 Interns Selected
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Filming Part II
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Filming Part I
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Pre-Filming Update
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Conception to Creation
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