The webisodes, directed by Derek Cianfrance, are low-key in their promotion of Honda and are polished and absorbing enough to make a viewer (almost) forget they are sponsored shorts, and part of the trend toward branded entertainment.
But in this case, one can’t (almost) forget, because Honda–rightly or wrongly–is at the center of all the stories (as the brand would be in an ad campaign).
Unfortunately, the execution brings these “docs” into infomercial territory. There’s an assumption here that people will want to sit through eight minutes of corporate messaging and that’s where Honda’s content strategy falls down. Eight minutes is a big investment in Web Time. It’s possible to hold someone’s attention for that long on the Web, but only the most compelling content will get the job done.