All posts filed under: multimedia storytelling

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The Boat

‘The Boat’ is an interactive online graphic novel about escape after the Vietnam War. Written as a short story by Nam Le, the storyline centres around a teenage refugee Mai who is sent on the boat by her parents after the fall of Saigon. New York-based Australian artist Matt Huynh (whose parents fled Vietnam to Australia) created the illustrations using traditional Vietnamese bamboo calligraphy brush, paper and Sumi ink. These were then transformed by Matt Smith to impressively convey the depth of the story’s message on a screen. To top it off, Sam Petty engineered the incredibly realistic and even haunting sound effects, creating a true exploration of history using superb innovative storytelling. The entire project was produced by Australian broadcasting company SBS in commemoration of Vietnamese forty years resettlement in Australia. The story is divided into six chapters, embedded with either manual or auto-scrolling function. The plot is immersed with four-side stories and archival content, celebrating captivating narration topped with important historical context. While ‘The Boat’ slightly reminds us of ‘The Vanishing Game’ by …

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Bacardi – Our Story & The Spirit of Bacardi

When you think of rum, the brand Bacardi will be probably the first one to pop up in your mind. It is indeed one of the most popular alcoholic beverages, but not so many are familiar with its fascinating history. Bacardi is actually the largest family-owned spirits company in the world. It was founded by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, who was an active fighter for Cuba’s independence in the late 1800s. His son, Emilio Bacardi, was arrested, exiled and imprisoned twice for fighting against the Spanish rule in Cuba. His real goal was to change his country and introduce the world to the true taste of rum. Bacardi’s ‘Heritage: Our Story’ is an interactive audio book presenting the history of the Bacardi family and their most memorable moments in creating the drink and positioning it amongst the most popular alcoholic beverages in the global marketplace. It is part of the “Bacardi: Untameable Since 1862” campaign. The interactive story is embedded with real audio recordings of Bacardi family members recounting on the start of the company …

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8 Projects Exploring The Storytelling Potential Of Virtual Reality For Real-World Stories

It seems that after after decades of uncertainty Virtual Reality gets real as a storytelling platform. The enormous sense of presence provided by VR headsets such as Oculus Rift or Samsung’s Gear VR, allows artists to place users inside films, making them explore and witness first-hand real-world events. The potential VR has to stir emotions and create more visceral reactions makes many believe in its power to revolutionize journalism and filmmaking. However, how close is VR from reaching mass-market adoption? Can we think that anytime soon we will be accessing our news through mounted-headsets? While these questions find answers, we brought you a collection of the best VR non-fiction storytelling experiences that have been touring festivals and museums recently. If one of them arrives to your city run, the queue is going to be long! 1. Project Syria With Project Syria, Nonny de la Peña, the godmother of immersive journalism, place users in Aleppo during a rocket blast and in the middle of a refugee camp in Syria. To evoke the feeling of “been there” …

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How Fashion Brands Use Digital Storytelling

How can a brand go from a self-made online auction store to one of the fastest growing retailers in less than a decade? Is a moving picture worth more than a thousand words? The two magical words – brand and storytelling – seem to be inseparable today in 2015.  Marketers’ radars are all directed at finding more innovative ways to let their brands speak, tell their unique stories, and utilize innovative technology to achieve that. Combined with social media, the brand’s story lets you tap into consumers’ emotions and create a direct link, which ideally leads to brand awareness . Today we take a look at four popular fashion brands that use immersive digital storytelling and promote not only shopping, but also lifestyle experiences. Nasty Gal When a fashion brand is not even 10 years old but is already a multimillion dollar business, you know it does something right. And that might just be almost everything – from selling clothing directly to consumers at high gross margins (without fixed retail costs) to communicating with its customers and …

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Crème de la Mer – Through Their Eyes & #EyesLightUp

Luxury-cream brand La Mer recently introduced two promotional campaigns focused on the consumers to launch its newest eye gel treatment. The first, “Through Their Eyes” consists of short videos titled Illuminating Moments that show high-society stylish couples in New York, Seoul and Paris using La Mer’s newest product. The brand aims at connecting its image with the people who are considered to be trendsetters. For example, the first video of the couples-series features American socialite Olivia Palermo and her German husband Johannes Huebl. They apply the new La Mer eye gel and gaze endlessly in to each other’s eyes. Although an emotional appeal is aimed to be triggered, the videos lack a representation of reality. Consumers can watch the videos on the brand’s website, as well as on YouTube. La Mer, owned by Estée Lauder Cos., has been spotlighting its products (which are, let’s face it, not affordable to every consumer group) and how they can make a difference, therefore appealing to consumers. The second campaign for the new product manages just what the first one does …

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Chanel – Inside Chanel & The One That I Want

A strong narrative is by far the most essential element for a good content. The iconic high-fashion house Chanel is no stranger to good storytelling. Its creator, the legendary Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel has become the brand’s strongest symbol, along with the actual signature logo of two interconnected C’s. Coco’s legacy also plays a major role on the company’s interactive website. INSIDE CHANEL is a content-centric microsite created in 2013, which features 12 chapters of Chanel’s most distinguishing fashion pieces and faces, along with embedded videos. The microsite is a digital story by itself, a visual ride, submerging the user straight to the core of Chanel’s history and values. Every chapter tells a success story of a product or the life story of the brand’s ambassadors, such as Marilyn Monroe and the iconic Chanel No°5 perfume in chapter 2. Moreover, INSIDE CHANEL takes the brand’s history and presents it in an interactive chronological timeline, celebrating each milestone with grace, style and sophistication. Great narrative is also at the core of the company’s recent campaign “The One That I Want”. …

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Maybelline New York – Big Eyes

How can a company make mascara look interesting, inspiring and different? By creating an appealing story behind it and telling it in a unique way that will also reflect the best features of a product.  Labelled “Big Eyes”, the double-ended Maybelline mascara is equipped with two brushes, aimed at creating eyelashes that look fake, but are actually real. Although Maybelline called themselves pioneers of this beauty technology, the brand needed a compelling story behind it that would reflect the mascara’s unique features, and, therefore, intrigue and persuade its potential consumers. Maybelline’s strategy was based on creating content, and the more of it the better. First of, a two-sided mini thriller film “The Girl with The Big Eyes” was created, focusing on ‘him’ and her’ perspective and their spy hunt after each other. The male spy starts off his side of the story, but soon enough we see the female perspective and a hint of her ‘secret weapon’, which is, of course, the new breakthrough mascara. The film is styled resembling New York City in the …

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Dove – Real Beauty Sketches

The brand’s real-life stories celebrate beauty in which it truly believes.  Dove, owned by Unilever, has been embracing digital storytelling and showcasing real beauty for more than 10 years now, and is considered to be one of the most creative beauty brand on the market. Its best-known “Campaign for Real Beauty” was created after a market research demonstrated that only 2% of women think they are beautiful. Dove then started featuring real women instead of models for the brand’s advertisements. In 2013 the brand launched “Real Beauty Sketches” as part of the long-running campaign, which is also a social experiment that became an Internet sensation, going viral within hours (if not minutes) of its publication. Created by Ogilvy & Mather ad agency, the video documents a forensic sketch artist drawing portraits of women, without seeing them, just as they describe themselves. He later draws these women according to strangers’ descriptions. At the end, the results are striking: the first portrait described by women is never as attractive and flattering as the second one described by strangers. …

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Burt’s Bees – Six Seconds Classics

It is true that every good brand deserves to tell its great story. What story does a brand started by a quirky beekeeper tell? You got it, an even quirkier one. Burt’s Bees is an American personal care brand, specializing in personal care, beauty, health and personal hygiene and doing it all under the motto “Earth friendly, Natural Personal Care Company”. The brand originated in 1984 between Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz, who were making candles in an abandoned schoolhouse they were renting for $150 a year. What got them into the personal care products industry were Burt’s 19th-century books about bee-keeping and home-made personal care. No wonder that the brand’s liking for books was a great choice to pivot on classic literature stories for their Six Seconds Classics Vine campaign. The ten stop animation films feature tubes of lip balm dressed in costumes and portraying classical fiction characters such as Moby Dick, Gulliver’s Travels and Little Women. Burt’s Bees’ “classic” products were used for the films, and accordingly fit the theme of classic books. For …

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La Roche-Posay – brand website

You might walk pass the beauty isle and overlook the French cosmetics company La Roche-Posay. What you can’t overlook is the brand’s high-quality content website, full of expert tips in helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful skin.   The brand, owned by L’Oreal, uses storytelling in a very subtle and communicative way. It takes a step further by aiming at not only raising awareness of its products, but also educating its (potential) customers about skin damage, proper cleansing and how to choose the products their skin needs. La Roche-Posay tells stories that deal with solutions to problems. Say, for example, you have hyper-sensitive skin and need dermatological advise sparing the trip to the doctor’s office. You go on a cosmetics company website, but all you get are bleak product descriptions, all aimed at forcing you make a purchase. As a customer in need of advice, you are most certainly unsatisfied. La Roche-Posay is less about the product and more about the people. The website is filled with expert tips, question-answer segments and how-to’s by experts-dermatologists, and …