A video ad documenting Sen. Joe Gruters’ journey to the border wall just won an honor from an international marketing group.
It’s the group’s second highest honor.
Gruters, the sitting chair of the Republican Party of Florida, released the video last July. The ad is largely narrated by Gruters from the driver’s seat of a pickup truck explaining his own views on immigration.
“Our immigration system is shot,” Gruters said in the ad. Later, alongside footage of the border wall, he says, “to see the old wall, where people at the end could just walk around, it was incredibly disappointing.”
Gruters’ Florida Conservatives United political committee paid for the ad and consultant Max Goodman produced it.
Gruters credited Goodman’s unorthodox filming technique that more resembled a documentary than a slick campaign ad.
“I had never been a part of a film shoot where there is no script and the director just says ‘go,’” Gruters said. The comfort to step out of the box stemmed in part to Gruters’ long working relationship with Goodman.
“Goodman and I go back a long ways and there simply isn’t a more cutting edge talent in the game. Goodman worked with me on Vern Buchanan‘s first campaign and he has developed into one of the best politicos in the State.”
Gruters worked that 2006 campaign first as a treasurer and later as campaign manager. Goodman notably now serves as Buchanan’s campaign manager in his 2020 re-election campaign.
Goodman shot the ad with J.P. Manterola of Pulpo Creative using drone cameras, Go Pros and a 4K camera to add cinematic quality.
“That was one memorable shoot. All credit goes to JP Manterola, the best cinematographer in the biz, and to Joe who is always willing and able to stretch conventional limits,” Goodman said.