BET U DIDNT KNOW: TORONTO CAN LOOK LIKE BAHRAIN
Batelco is a Bahrani telecommunications company with an ambitious marketing department. In 2010, they wanted to film a commercial where the stuff of one’s imagination comes true. For this commercial, they hired Alex & Steffen, a German duo. Due to reasons unknown – maybe budget, maybe the size of Bahrain, maybe the lack of access to studios and production crew – Alex & Steffen decided to film this commercial in Toronto. After months of preparation, filming, editing, and pure brilliance, they released this video.
I have watched this video ten times, and I still manage to find something new. The TTV signs are in Arabic, Bay Street looks like a Bahraini street, there is a giant sand-castle in downtown Toronto, city hall is the base of a skate park, Formula 1 cars race through the Eaton Centre….and the subway is…..a roller coaster! This may just be one of the best advertisements ever filmed in Toronto. Check out the video below for “the making of”.