Merry Christmas World!
This Christmas has been quite unusual for us in London, finding our very own Harry Otto Brünjes plastered on billboards, magazines and underground stations around town, including a complete take-over of South Kensington, with Harry having recently been appointed brand ambassador for Parker Pen’s global ‘Better Thinking’ Campaign.
Harry founded Deckchair in 2004 as a professional platform for his creative pursuits whilst a student. Harry began making films as a child, but journeyed through acting, play-writing and directing, before focusing on screenwriting for his Masters.
Deckchair has grown organically into a busy production company off the back of Harry’s skills as a filmmaker, yet originated as a new-writing theatre company, and script-writing and dramatic narrative is where Harry is most passionate.
Over eleven years Deckchair has produced 500 films commercially for brands and corporates, whilst in the background Harry has written dozens of plays and screenplays, worked as a script doctor, speech writer, and also spent two years developing a social network to reinvent the art of letter-writing for the digital age.
Parker approached Harry through the advertising agency BBH in New York, to be both the face and spokesperson for the campaign. The print ad was shot in the famous Milk Studios in Manhattan, there is also a mini-documentary/advertorial due for release in 2016.
Harry adapted a scene of screenplay from his back-catalogue specifically for the advert. The page features a fictional retelling of the story of Edward Whymper and the first ascent of the Matterhorn, with Harry’s anecdotes using the Parker Pen.
As a screenwriter, it is rare that many people ever read your work. Speaking at the press-dinner at The Library Club in London, Harry subsequently brought along his only ever published work - a smuggling story from his school essay book - written with a Parker, and published in the village journal!
Historically Parker was the instrument of choice for Arthur Conan Doyle whilst writing Sherlock Holmes, and was the icon of every CEO in the 1920’s. Then in the 1980’s and 90’s, many of us have the nostalgic association of learning to write with a Parker at school. The Parker Jotter was then the ‘clicking’ ballpoint pen of James Bond in Goldeneye. Now in 2015, under the ownership of Newell Rubbermaid, Parker is returning to its fine-writing heritage, showcasing an elevated new logo and the company’s two royal warrants, for the release of two beautiful new traditional fountain pens: The Sonnet and The Duofold.
Line Vivier, Global Brand Marketing Director for Parker said “Today’s announcement represents a cornerstone in the history of the brand, which spans more than 125 years.”
Attached are a variety of pictures from the campaign which have been sent from around the world.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016, and on behalf of Harry, AKA Mr Parker - happy writing!
Kasia Mount, Producer