Series of films encourages shoppers to take action, download the app, tap, and shop.
Horizon FCB Dubai launched the DHL eSHOP App for the GCC markets with an online campaign that takes the idea of tapping your finger ‘to buy’ to a whole new level.
DHL eSHOP is a B2C e-commerce platform that allows shoppers to browse and shop for their favorite brands from America with the tap of a finger, as if they were actually shopping in the US.
Horizon FCB Dubai took the insight of the finger tapping action and recreated an American shopping street diorama in perfect miniature form, making an actual finger the ‘face’ of the DHL eSHOP experience. The campaign was launched with one main film and three personalized films showing different shopping situations.
Bringing together data, creativity, and technology to form a new kind of equilibrium was essential to have the perfect launch for the new DHL eSHOP app.
“E-shopping is fun! And e-shopping with DHL offers an unprecedented world of choices. We had to bring to life this new experience in our communication through an innovative approach ensuring relevance, simplicity, and engagement, topped with exceptional crafting,” said Reham Mufleh, General Manager of Horizon FCB Dubai & Fuelcontent, in a statement.
In partnership with a director with extensive stop-motion experience, an actual architect, a civil engineer, and a graphic designer all based in Toronto, the film was planned and managed remotely from Dubai.
“This project required specific talent. We wanted to work with professional artists who do this on a daily basis. I wanted to give them the liberty to have fun with the execution, to enjoy the process & deliver a series of stand-out films,” said Hicham Soubra, Head of Production at Fuelcontent.
When it came to the filming, it was essential to showcase every hand-made detail. To achieve this, for example, the team researched American streets to make the landscape as authentic as possible. Moreover, all the elements of the set were hand-made and, to add an extra touch of realism, lampposts, drain covers, and fire hydrants were all 3D printed.
Attention was paid to every detail, including the smoke coming from the grates, the animated billboards, the green screen skyline and we even designed graffiti through the alleyways allowing the viewer to enjoy the diversity, action, and reality of the street. The addition of 2D animation and personalized sound effects created an extra dimension, as they transformed the fingers into unique characters.
“Stop Motion has always been my passion. It's an art form that requires patience, dedication, and attention to detail. The challenge I love is to create human behavior and emotions out of a still object, or in our case ‘the fingers’,” said Adib Mufty, Director.