YouTube Hit Pause

Client

Youtube Creative Studio

Year

2022

Categories

2D Animation
Commercial

YouTube Creative Studio & Nomint reached out to Device to work on an instructive video campaign that explores the current digital media landscape and the ways to navigate it.

The goal of the campaign created by Youtube Creative Studio was to generate more awareness among users of the younger generation about the potential dangers and falsities lying behind digital content. The main idea? Hit pause, take a step back and think for yourself – when faced with an overwhelming amount of information, it’s often hard to separate fact from fiction or to come up with a discerning opinion.

That’s why we created 5 short and engaging videos tackling some of the most typical situations for online users – we made sure to refine the message in order to make it as clear and concise as possible, while retaining a humourous, tongue-in-cheek approach. We chose the examples that better represented each situation and worked to find the right tone of voice to fit the global scope of the campaign. Appealing to young people from all over the world, belonging to different cultures and with different habits is no small feat, but this was a challenge we gladly took on. Our approach aimed to honor the richness and diversity of the world, while speaking in a “universal” language that would get the message across in a funny and clear way.

We applied this from concept to execution, from the clear narrative structure and humorous approach, to the campaign’s aesthetics.

Technical approach

The visual style we developed aimed to complement the narrative of each video: we wanted to create something that looked both unexpectedly weird and optimistic, mixing a touch of surrealism with daily, usual situations. We used exaggerated proportions and a vibrant, acid color palette to transform these everyday moments into something memorable, and we steered clear from any gender or race references in keeping with the campaign’s universal spirit.  Strong, defined shadows and clean outlines contribute to a minimalistic, yet highly expressive style that leaves no room for the superfluous. Our focus was always on the main action and message for each short video: we avoided distractions, but had fun adding some subtle, unexpected elements that would further engage the audience.

The music and sound effects we chose were also very important in creating a complete experience, as they added further emphasis to the narrative and visual style: we opted for a retro track, reminiscent of 80s video games, added some contemporary beats and used vivid sound effects to enhance that slapstick mood.

By blending all these elements together the 5 videos make for a coherent, memorable campaign, mixing a distinctive look with a concise and structured narrative and a dash of fun.

Credits

Client

YouTube Creative Studio

Rep

Nomint

Directed & produced by

Device

Director

Guille Comín, Ester Dus, Raül Peix

Executive Producer

Ibran Trassierra & Marcello Buselli

Head of Production

Victoria Ventura

Production

Tamara Sefcovicova

Art Direction

Eudald Salarich

Illustration

Bitasi Santos, Eudald Salarich, Marc Stuart

Animation

Israel Giampietro, Manuela Calderone, Virginia Fillol, Bujor Stefanescu, Teo Casoli, Fernando Abaca, Eze Cruz, Karla Cuba

Clean Up

Juli Culaciati, Virginia Fillol, Karla Cuba

Compositing

Eduardo Altarriba, Ester Dus

Recording, music, SFX

Mophonics