Who’s never been frustrated at not being able to finish watching a movie on a flight?
Air France has prepared little gift for their cinema loving travellers, by introducing « Cinema to Go ». Celebrating 36 years of partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, Air France is offering its customers the opportunity to watch or finish watching their film, from the “Cannes Film Festival” selection, after their flight on tablet, smartphone or PC with a gift code offered by the company.
The selection is created by Air France and available on-board all long haul flights during the month of May, some examples of films are the Pianist (Palme d’Or 2002), Persepolis (Grand Prix 2007), The Artist (Best Male Actor Award 2011) and The Angels’ Share (Grand Prix 2012).
The operation goes on 7-21 May, on a selection of flights between Los Angeles and Paris*.
The campaign film will be broadcast online 4-22 May, in France and the US, and on Air France’s social networks.
*Flights AF065 Los Angeles – Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Airbus A380, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18,19, 20 and 21 May 2016.
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders launches “Great year for censorship,” a campaign denouncing the devastation of the freedom of the press in twelve countries, whose leaders can boast have muzzled information.
Newsrooms attacked with grenades (Burundi), journalists getting fired over a tweet (Turkey), heavy propaganda (China, Russia, Eritrea …), a blogger sentenced to prison and whipping in a public place (Saudi Arabia), or even the creation of military camps for journalists (Thailand) … Those are just some examples of what the exercise of journalism undergoes over the world.
For the 5th year, BETC supports RWB by producing their campaigns on a pro bono basis.
The most eye-catching surf spot around – except here it’s the size of the surfers and not the size of the waves that turns heads.
Partners since 22 years, evian and BETC Paris, have set their latest film on an exotic, slightly rugged beach, treating the ears as well as the eyes with a cover of the classic Beach Boys hit “Kokomo”, performed by Lilly Wood and The Prick.
In this short film, a surfer falls when taking on a wave, then wakes up on a beach surrounded by stylish, cool, and incredibly young surfers – which might have something to do with the fact that the only bar on the beach is serving evian.
Staying true to the “Live young” signature, the film reaffirms evian’s vision of youth: a positive and universal value and an openness to the world and the unexpected, regardless of age.
Directed by James Rouse and produced by Wanda studios, the “Baby Bay” spot will be surfing the web from April 20th, before making waves on cinema and TV screens.
A virtual reality application designed by agency Versus Fully Tailored Creation in partnership with Quiksilver will present a fun and outlandish immersive 360° experience inside a wave. Put yourself in the shoes – or rather the wetsuit – of a baby and perform some iconic surfing moves. Available from April 19th on Google and Apple Appstores.
Who’s that girl ?
For the outdoor campaign, a famously baby-faced it-girl will be appearing in the US as a surfer with her baby lookalike. Find out who it is at the latest web surfer hotspot, the hub babybay.evian.com.
Packs and bottles will display images of baby surfers, but also their adult versions, as they would have looked before drinking evian. A collector’s bottle that reveals the “babyfied” reflection of the film’s hero through the water will also be distributed in large retailers and convenient stores.
evian x colette:
The legendary Parisian concept store colette will also be experiencing a wave of youthful energy as of April 20th. Here, customers will find three baby surfer t-shirts, as well as special edition flip-flops for adults that leave a baby footprint in the sand.
Ah, one last message from the baby crab you’ll meet on the babybay.evian.com hub : don’t leave your bottle on the beach. Remember that evian bottles are recyclable.
Why do American people always get everything before us?
French people often feel frustrated about Americans always having everything first.
Some things aren’t an issue for today’s generation, after all chewing gum has been around for 98 years now, whereas other things may still annoy. One example, which an American may think is a joke, is that cupcakes only became available in France in 2012.
However, worst of all is the entertainment sector. Movies and series often come out in France up to a full season behind America, so frustrating and unfair! Especially when we’re talking about something as highly anticipated as Season 6 of Game of Thrones! Until now!
Thanks to CANAL+ the wait is over, as the channel will broadcast the first episode of GOT Season 6 on the 25th of April at 3 in the morning ? not one minute behind the US! To celebrate this, BETC has brought out an illustrated outdoor campaign, highlighting iconic objects that the French have had to wait for.
« France is in the air », once again, with Air France and BETC, thanks to a series of 5 films presenting the different services offered by the company, from the passengers’ point of view.
Satisfied, relaxed or delighted – the passengers discovers all the pleasures of traveling “à la française”, as comfortable at the airport as mid-air.
The films, released today on the 29th of March, invites us into the colourful, slightly offset and chic universe of Air France, following the style of the company’s safety demonstration video released last year.
The films come in 8 languages, although staying true to the French accent, and will be distributed online and on mobile all over the world, with a strong media support in 9 countries (France, US, Germany, Brazil, Canada, China, Spain, Italy and Japan).
Boursorama – the bank that lets you avoid the bank!
A pioneering provider of 100% mobile banking, Boursorama Banque‘s digital expertise has so far allowed the group to attract an additional almost 800 000 new customers, all looking for a more modern approach to banking. Today, the brand is taking its efforts to the next level by unveiling the underlying objective of its technological strategy – allowing customers to do their banking without the usual headaches: no more banking fees, no more queues, no more paperwork & no more impractical branch opening times.
The initiative represents a group-wide commitment, and marks the entry into a new era in the company’s history that sees the bank take on a more user-friendly public persona.
The concept of the new video created by BETC is simple, portraying a customer being freed from all the usual negative aspects of banking thanks to the advantages offered by Boursorama Banque.
This highly colourful and energetic clip is a conscious departure from the tired formats of traditional banking ads, providing the sector with a much-needed breath of fresh air. The influence of talented Spanish directorial collective CANADA is backed up by the iconic Elvis track “A Little Less Conversation”, creating a tone of dynamism and liberation that permeates the video.
The clip will be shown on TV from this Sunday, appearing on Youtube as of Monday and in cinemas from March 23rd.
Free yourself from banking – bank with Boursorama.
Total launches its new Space Travellers ad campaign
Total is launching its new Space Travellers ad campaign featuring Total’s upgraded network of service stations in France and around the world. Created with advertising agency BETC, the quirky campaign will be deployed internationally, in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
“We wanted to show how Total reinvents itself every day to remain the favorite brand of customers and their first choice of station to pull in to”, explained Philippe Boisseau, Member of Total’s Executive Committee and President of Marketing & Services. “The campaign reflects the new face of our brand and our ability to innovate to improve the lives of our customers, whether by upgrading our stations, by offering new products and services or strongly digitalizing our businesses with contactless payment or free Wi-Fi access. These selling points make us much more than a mere fuel retailer.”
The campaign’s main focus, the Space Travellers commercial created by BETC, depicts a half-human, half-extra-terrestrial crew, whose low-on-fuel spaceship touches down at a Total service station. Despite being light-years away from Earth, the members of this crew find everything they need and more at the station, from Excellium fuel to the store’s wares, a café and free Wi-Fi. They enjoy a pleasant, refreshing break before continuing on their way, newly “energized”.
“Once the retail network had been updated, it was important to let motorists know something different was going on at Total stations and to invite them to experience the difference”, stressed Mercedes Erra, Founder of BETC and Executive President Havas Worldwide. “Making humorous use of sci-fi tropes, this commercial creates an emotional bond and worked well to promote the reinvention of the Total service stations, which are based on innovation and human interactions.”
The video will play as part of a multimedia campaign managed by Dentsu-Vizeum, on television, at movie houses, on social media and in service stations.
A New Tagline for Stations: “Energizing Life. Every Day.”
As part of its corporate brand positioning “Committed to Better Energy” launched in 2014, this ad campaign unveils the new tagline of our service station network “Energizing Life. Every Day.”
With more than four million customers served daily worldwide, the public definitely knows where to turn. By switching to a new marketing tagline, Total aimed to place its service station network in a modern, future-focused era, while staying faithful to its initial trademark: customer care and quality of products and services.
The new tagline is more than catchy words. It’s a strong promise to customers that Total stations change with the times and are enjoyable, pleasant places to be.
Collapse is an interactive digital experience, created by BETC Paris to promote Ubisoft’s upcoming online open world action role-playing game, ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’. Based on the game’s fictive yet realistic storyline, which takes place in a society on the brink of destruction, Collapse is an end of society simulator that uses real data to create a personalized experience of events to set the scene before the game launches on March 8.
Collapse – highlighting the fragility of society today
Collapse is a powerful reminder of the fragility and complexity of the interdependent systems that we rely on daily – power, transport, banking, hospitals and communications. When one fails, others follow, creating a deadly domino effect that can cripple society in a matter of days. Through a sequence of interactive storytelling, Collapse takes viewers through the consequences of the fictional Variola Chimera pandemic, demonstrating how quickly the cities and society that we take for granted can fall apart.
‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’
Launching on March 8, 2016, Tom Clancy’s The Division (TCTD) is set in a society on the brink of collapse. The game immerses players in a mid-crisis New York City, which has been devastated by a fictional strain of smallpox – the Variola Chimera virus. As chaos reigns, The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated in the middle of the epidemic to restore order and reclaim the city.
A realistic, local and global simulation
Collapse is a realistic, local and global experience, inspired by existing epidemic models. BETC Paris developed the platform using Open Street Map, NASA open source data and IATA Flight routes, with input from emergency risk specialists and public service employees. It can be played across several thousand cities worldwide, home to 95% of the world’s population.
The simulation starts in the user’s chosen city, which finds them contaminated with smallpox, and suffering a high fever. The user is met with several options – Stay at home? Go to the pharmacy? Go to hospital? Each option causes its own trail of contamination and subsequent ripple effect, which has the user witness first-hand their own city’s destruction and its rapid global impact, with eye-opening consequences.
Collapse data in numbers
Each city was built around key urban locations, featuring almost half a million of them, to make the experience as realistic as possible. The Collapse experience features over 11,150 hospitals, 195,000 supermarkets, 105,000 pharmacies, 165,500 banks, 4,600 airports, 250 power stations, and 4,000 jails, some of which users may well walk past every day.
A unique simulation model
Collapse simulates a different experience depending on the selected city: the virus never spreads the same way. The propagation of the virus has been calculated according to data specific to each city. At a local level, the speed of infection coincides with the population density, the size of each city, the number of hospitals, and how the city is connected with other local municipalities. On a wider scale, a city’s geographical location and how it is connected to the rest of the world play a vital role. The virus is mostly transmitted through international airline connections, of which there are over 77,000 a day.
Stéphane Xiberras, Executive Creative Director of BETC Paris, highlights: “Our goal was to create a realistic, personalized experience that would immerse users in the chaotic narrative of Tom Clancy’s The Division. By working with risk specialists and using real data, the team behind Collapse give users unforgettable insight into the fragility of our society, from Stellenbosch in South Africa and Carlisle in the UK to Bangkok and New York.”
BETC Paris combined HTML5 and WebGL to create a dedicated 3D engine, to allow users to experience Collapse online. Rather than just using regular jpg background maps, particles are used to show the organic spread of the virus, as well as represent data. By relying on graphic cards (more specifically GP-GPU) instead of regular processors (CPU), Collapse is an extremely rich and immersive simulation, creating a new type of web experience.
How long will it take for society and the world to collapse?
Tom Clancy’s The Division will launch on March 8, 2016.