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Dell Celebrates the Passion of Young Creators with Unexpected Brand Platform

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Developed in partnership with Y&R, MPC and Anonymous Content, the goal is to shift the current perception of Dell’s consumer laptops and invite people to 'Get More Into Whatever You’re Into'

Dell Celebrates the Passion of Young Creators with Unexpected Brand Platform
Dell is launching a new global brand platform and campaign with a vibrant brand film and new XPS social channels that celebrates the passion of young creators. The campaign highlights the redesigned XPS, a PC meticulously crafted to appeal to the Gen-Z and younger millennial audience, allowing them to create and collaborate with ease. 

This consumer campaign is a new approach for the brand. Developed in partnership with Y&R with VFX by MPC New York, it had to create an aura for the XPS campaign that contends with its contemporary competitors and brings the brand into new creative territory. The goal is to shift the current perception of Dell’s consumer laptops, inviting people to 'Get More Into Whatever You’re Into', and dive deeper into their passions.

The VFX-heavy brand film is a wild, colourful journey down the rabbit-hole of users’ interests. Directed by Marco Prestini of Anonymous Pictures, the film creates surreal, beautiful worlds out of the passions each represents. It is a spellbinding visualisation of what’s virtually possible; capturing the essence of these new pieces of technology was essential to their introduction into the marketplace. MPC did this flawlessly through CGI executions, bringing the concept boards to life. The film realises the brand platform by diving into the characters’ 'Youniverses'.

The general assumption is that younger consumers don’t use laptops, but that’s not the case. The work is based on the insight that Gen-Z and young millennials do use laptops just as much as any demographic – the difference is, they open their laptops for a specific purpose. They use their laptops to create, to collaborate, or to deeply research something they care about.

Alvin Cruz, creative director at MPC, commented: “Creating the five different worlds was by far the biggest challenge of the campaign, yet the most creatively rewarding for our team. We wanted to create a sense of visual poetry through avant-garde layouts and illustrations. Our team collaborated with director Marco Prestini in Italy and illustrators in Japan seamlessly. Through a combination of visually sophisticated and conceptual animations, we created a solution that shows exactly what the ‘Youniverses’ are while bringing them to life within the Dell XPS laptop.”

Renato Ferri Carone, 2D lead at MPC, added: “We knew the visual execution of this would be the key to succeeding creatively. It was essential to create a continuous movement throughout the film, with the VFX elements and sequences leading to the final illustrations. We used a range of latest techniques, so each scene had its own look and feel yet feels like one connected film.”

The film showcases MPC’s ambition to challenge the ordinary and pushes the boundaries of remote post-production. With Covid-19 restrictions changing the way we work, MPC worked with agency, the director, the illustrators and client to make decisions in real-time. The visual effects team at MPC was led by creative director Alvin Cruz, Renato Ferri Carone, 2D lead, Andrew Ortiz, 3D lead and was colour graded by Ricky Gausis.

To reflect a global audience, the entire production was shot in Kiev, Ukraine and features a cast of actors from all over the world. The work will run globally in markets including: US, Canada, India, Japan, China, Germany, France, UK, Brazil (plus several others). Media vehicles include Linear TV, CTV, digital, OLV, mobile / social, radio, OOH and email. 

The larger campaign will continue to support the platform and be followed by an influencer campaign as well as other touchpoints.

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Client: Dell


Agency: Y&R

Chief Creative Officer New York: Wayne Best

Group Creative Directors: Justin Ebert and Niraj Zaveri

Creative Directors: Meredith Kinee and Rachel Cuyler

Executive Director of Integrated Production: Greg Lotus

Executive Producer: Bobby Jacques

Senior Producer: Dan Bradbury

Senior Broadcast Production Content Business Manager: Maggie Diaz

Managing Director: Ann Carey

Account Director: Scott Eagle

Account Executive: Jonathan Lotz

Project Manager: Patricia Woodward

Managing Director Strategy & Insights: Jenn Bonhomme

Director Strategy & Insights: Jorik Houweling


Production Company: Anonymous Content

Director: Marco Prestini

Managing Director: Eric Stern

Executive Producer: Lori Stonebraker

Head of Production: Kerry Haynie

Sales Representative: Paul Muniz and Stacie Gillman

Line Producer: Malachy McAnenny

DP: Mauro Chiarello

Service Company: Radioaktive

Executive Producers: Darko Skulsky and Kate Galytska

Line Producer: Antonina Patramanska


Post-production: MPC New York

On-Set VFX Supervisor: Jim Radford

Animation: Daniel Semanas

2D Lead: Renato Ferri Carone

3D Lead: Andrew Ortiz

Colourist: Ricky Gausis

VFX Producer: Nicole Melius

EP: Chris Connolly

Production Coordinator: Stephen Dierks

Creative Director: Alvin Cruz

Design: Gianna Yarull Urena, Roger Hom

Finishing: Tom McCullough, Mat Ellin

VFX Supervisor: Jim Radford


Editorial Company: Rock Paper Scissors East

Managing Director: Eve Kornblum

Producer: Lisa Barnable

Editor: Mikkel Nielsen

Assistant Editor: Alex Liu

Music and Sound

Sound: Wave

Sound Designer & Mixer: Chris Afzal

Executive Producer: Vicky Ferraro

Producer: Eleni Giannopoulos

Music: 'Rabbit Hole' by Why Mona

Written by: Joanna A. Jones and Armond Arabshahi

Music Producer: Alexandra Allen

Executive Music Producer, North America: Theresa Notartomaso

Remix and Arrangements by: Squeak E. Clean Studios

Remixers: Stuart Welch and Zac Colwell

Creative Director: Zac Colwell

Senior Producer: Danielle Toporoff

Categories: Consumer Electronics, PCs and Laptops

VMLY&R North America, Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:50:53 GMT