Gravity Creates Felicia Day Web Video for Microsoft
Press release from Gravity:
New York, New York – Microsoft Advertising and Y&R New York turned to international visual effects, design and brand communications company Gravity to create an original, long-form web content piece promoting various Microsoft tools. The piece, which runs over four minutes in length, features on-line gaming personality Felicia Day.
The Gravity-produced content piece, which launched on the Internet earlier this year, was commissioned by Microsoft Advertising to appeal to CMOs and media buying agencies, so that they will consider using the innovative advertising tools available from Microsoft. These tools, including the MSN portal, Windows Mobile, Skype and Xbox, can be utilized as media outlets by which to reach millions of Internet users. Felicia Day is the creator and star of "The Guild," an on-line web series about gamers. To date, “The Guild” has drawn over 150 million viewings during the five years of its existence.
Said Zviah Eldar, Gravity’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer, “It is a very exciting time for us at Gravity as we are being asked more frequently to create branded content that will be shared in social media outlets by various target audiences. For Y&R, we wanted to create a ‘world’ for Microsoft Advertising that would emphasize its powerful combination of MSN, Skype, Windows Mobile and Xbox in an informative way, while also being fun, engaging and something that media planners, buyers and marketers would find worthy of sharing.”
Bob Samuel, Gravity’s CMO/EP, adds, "We were flattered and excited to get the call from Y&R to work at such an early phase in this project's development. Our Digital Effects Supervisor, Yuval Levy, led two Gravity teams for this assignment: one in NY and one in Tel Aviv. He worked closely with the Y&R team and Director Nathy Aviram (also Y&R’s Head of Content Production) In previz, design, live action design and all of the visual VFX work. In the end, Gravity delivered 88 VFX shots (of the 89 total shots) for this four-minute piece. It was a great challenge for us on a super-tight timeline…and I think we nailed it."
Win Peniston, Gravity’s Chief Digital Officer, continues, “Our approach for this project was to make what was essentially a B-to-B piece of messaging feel a lot more like a consumer communication spot. And working with Microsoft, Y&R and Felicia Day to tell this story certainly helped achieve that, while also helping craft a visually arresting story that will drive the content’s proliferation across all of the relevant social channels.”