Sat, 07 Dec 2013 09:22:07 GMT
4finance, a market leading provider of online short-term consumer loans in Northern Europe under Vivus, SMScredit and Zaplo brands has appointed McCann Helsinki as their creative agency lead across 13 markets including the Baltic States and Nordics, Russia, Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Georgia, UK and Bulgaria.
"While we have grown fast, we recognized the need for a strategic leap," explains Reins Grants, The Chief Marketing Officer for 4finance. "We needed to break from the perception of “for-emergency-only” category driven by product features, low brand image and usage barriers including fear of hidden costs and negative public opinion. Our change in advertising signals a deeper change and a next step for us. From urgent last resort to a normal, flexible life tool for all kinds of people. And with transparency, control and ease of use we are putting our customers first."
McCann Helsinki was appointed after an international agency pitch covering best-in-class creative and integrated agencies across 4finance markets. In the finals, McCann beat teams from Grey, DDB and Havas.
"We really wanted a jackpot. We wanted one concept and a proven ability to execute across all our markets, creative excellence, higher production quality and lower costs per country. McCann Helsinki nailed our vision with 'Money for Today's People' and has worked with world-class talent from Woodpecker Films and Fake Graphics to bring this vision into life in an exciting, and most importantly, effective and cost-efficient manner. We have now focused on the first campaigns out already in Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark, and other markets will soon follow and planning for 2014 is right on track," outlines Toms Lembergs, the Brand and Advertising Director for 4finance.
The McCann team led by co-creative leaders Timo Silvennoinen and Jyrki Poutanen have focused on bringing the vision of modern people into life with a little help from...of course…animals.
"With the goal of developing 4finance vision – being a modern financial tool for all kinds of people – we explored various creative routes to express our ideas in ways that would be both interesting and able to travel across different cultures. People who may perhaps look a bit like animals proved to be a good creative shorthand for all the different characteristics we wanted to convey. And they are easily understandable in all markets. Some people are fast, some are suspicious, some want everything really easy, some are smart all of whom we could respond to with our approach. We also found a perfect way to adapt the characters and master films with local nuances and voice-actors. So while the concept is international and uniform in execution, it all feels very local and tailored. "
McCann has partnered with Woodpecker Film and Fake Graphics for the ambitious production project for all markets including film, 3-D and animation. Both teams at Fake Graphics and Woodpecker Film fell in love with the characters and scripts from the very beginning and took on this demanding production as a challenge and a rare occasion to do something extraordinary.
"We were happy to see that the agency and client were on the same page with us as regarding the personalities of characters and the visual look of the films, so all we needed to do was to execute upon this common vision. In order to achieve a seamless integration of live action and CGI animation we needed to utilize the best talent on both fields. Therefore Fake and Woodpecker joined forces in planning, directing and executing the films. Our team at Fake took on this production with excitement. Doing all master films simultaneously with a wealth of lip-synced adaptations to different languages was an enormous task but by investing in proper pre-planning and technical research we were able to iron out most of the difficulties beforehand. I’m really proud of what we have achieved" says Ville Vaajakallio, Technical Director, Fake Graphics.
"It’s been one of the most exciting projects so far with lots of creative freedom. The nature of the project forced us to really polish the pipeline and think more than twice all the possible twists and turns to meet the tight schedule and quality. Directing these films was something you rarely get to experience and without a flawless production team, led by Anna Nuru and Hannu Kalliolahti, great actors and the ambitious crew we had, it would have been impossible," says Anssi Määttä, Director, Woodpecker Film.
'Money for Today´s People' is now being launched across the markets.
Brand: Vivus, SMSCredit, Zaplo
Campaign: Money for Today's People
Brand and Advertising Director: Toms Lembergs
Agency: McCann Helsinki
Creative Directors: Timo Silvennoinen, Jyrki Poutanen
Design Director: Janne Uotila
Copywriters: Timo Silvennoinen, Tuomas Perälä
Art Directors: Jyrki Poutanen, Hanna Kinnunen
Account Director: Niina Huttunen
Planner: Petteri Lillberg
Head of Creative Technology: Heikki Lehto
Developer: Karolina Hurmerinta
Senior Studio Creative: Joni Lyytikäinen
Production Company: Woodpecker Films
Director: Anssi Määttä
Executive producer: Hannu Kalliolahti
Producer: Anna Nuru
Cinematographer: Mikael Gustafsson
Wardrobe: Outi Höylä / Outin Design
Sound Design: Timo Anttila / Humina
Color Grading: Petri Falkenberg / Grade One
Digital animation and 3-D studio: Fake Graphics
Technical Director, team lead: Ville Vaajakallio
Storyboard artist: Jaakko Syvänen
Character modeling: Mikko Lahti, Feli Peña Karvonen, Markus Pansegrau
3D-tracking: Juha Jokinen
Animation and rigging: Teemu Kutvonen
Lighting TD: Mikko Lahti
Rendering: Mikko Lahti, Feli Peña Karvonen
Compositing: Ville Vaajakallio, Juha Jokinen, Feli Peña Karvonen
Additional CG-artists: Panu Kujala, Niko Rinta, Sami Syrjä, Santeri Piilonen, Pauli Pehkonen
Account Manager: Mikko Mantila
Producer: Pasi Moilanen
Creative Producer: Harri Hännikäinen
Still production: Fake Graphics
Creative Director: Tommi Rapeli
Storyboard artist: Jaakko Syvänen
Photography: Kimmo Virtanen
3D Artist: Markus Pansegrau, Feli Peña Karvonen
Retouch: Petteri Laakso, Tommi Rapeli
Voice Actor casting, production and co-ordination: Stretch
Producer: Jevon O’Neill
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