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A Life Story Told in 873 Getty Images

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By HVvids on May 23, 2012

BBDO Brazil took six months to research and then animate this one-minute film composed solely of Getty stock images turned into stop-motion animation. It’s also one of the best commercials I’ve ever seen — simple, emotional, nostalgia-evoking, funny, technically impressive and extremely adept at highlighting the company’s strengths.

And it’s a time-lapse commercial. Every commercial that spans a long time in a short time will be successful, say scientists from the future*, because they imply that the product itself is timeless. Even a stock-photo service filled with images of women laughing alone with salad. And horses wearing tiny hats.

Patient research work involving more than 5 thousand photographs resulted in a 1 minute film that AlmapBBDO created to advertise Getty Images, the world leading image database for creating and distributing visual contents. The film is surprising when showing 873 images in 15 images per second, sufficient speed to transform the series into a video that, without any text, tells a beautiful story. All photos, without any exceptions, are from the Getty Images archives.

Copywriter Sophie Schoenburg and art director Marcus Kotlhar worked 6 months researching images, improving the script and building each scene so they would not only be understood, but would also touch viewers. Sometimes, for example, a scene would look perfect on paper, but the images chosen to depict it were not sufficient or did not perfectly match up to offer the right movement and sense. And hence the research had to be restarted. The film was directed by Cisma, via Paranoid BR, along with Marcos Kotlhar, the art director at the agency.

For this creation team, the purpose was to adhere to the concept that Getty Images has so many images that anybody is capable of telling any story they want by only using their archives. In the film “Do amor ao Bingo em 873 imagens” [From love to Bingo in 873 images], a storyteller in the corner of the screen describes the images used. The Getty Images logo appears at the end of the story, but the storyteller continues to turn until reaching the exact number of images in the Getty Images archive.

Two minutes to spare? Ready for our next favorite commercial? Check out VW’s heart-tugging new dad-daughter ad, a.k.a. “VW Polo Dad,” a.k.a. “Dad Dad Commercial Dad Dad Dad Dad.”

*Totally true.

(via The Aggregate)


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