|Title||NIAN - SHOT ON IPHONE|
|Product / Service||IPHONE|
|Category||A02. Fiction & Non-Fiction Film: 5-30 minutes|
|Entrant||TBWA\MEDIA ARTS LAB Shanghai, CHINA|
|Idea Creation||TBWA\MEDIA ARTS LAB Shanghai, CHINA|
|Media Placement||OMD Shanghai, CHINA|
|Production||ICONOCLAST Los Angeles, USA|
|Post Production||MPC Shanghai, CHINA|
|Katrien De Bauw||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||President|
|Brent Anderson||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Global Chief Creative Officer|
|Greg Greenberg||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Group Creative Director|
|Kara Yang||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Managing Director|
|Brian Ma||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Executive Creative Director|
|Alfred Wong||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Executive Creative Director|
|Ewan Yap||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Associate Creative Director|
|Amber Qian||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Associate Creative Director|
|Selwyn Low||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Associate Creative Director|
|Darren Leong||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Associate Creative Director|
|Jam Li||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Senior Copywriter|
|Carrol Shen||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Senior Art Director|
|Phoebe Fan||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Executive Producer|
|Hon Foong Woo||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Broadcast Producer|
|Gobby Yan||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Broadcast Producer|
|Alice Zou||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Assistant Producer|
|Brian O'Rourke||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Executive Director|
|Cristiana Ladki Williams||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Executive Producer|
|Felicia How||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Account Director|
|Scarlett Wang||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Account Manager|
|Emily Gale||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Group Account Director|
|Josh Marcy||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Music Director|
|Kurt Cheng||TBWA\Media Arts Lab||Music Supervisor|
|Monica Karo||OMD||Chief Client Officer|
|Jezzebel Gu||OMD||Managing Director|
In the sea of Chinese New Year advertising, Apple has been standing out with its brand of cinematic entertainment, making our Chinese New Year Shot on iPhone film series a highly anticipated annual event. Every year, people look forward to what iPhone can bring in cinematic filmmaking. This year, we explored new frontiers with the ultimate film genre - fantasy movies. Entirely Shot on iPhone, ’Nian’ is an alternative take on an ancient Chinese New Year folklore that has entertained generations. A perfect showcase of the device delivering entertainment worthy of the silver screen onto our personal screens.
Smartphone rivalry in China is getting more intense every year with local brands starting to catch up with our technology when it comes to cameras. Our mission is to showcase iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera superiority during Chinese New Year, a period that traditionally sees Chinese consumers spending significantly on new purchases.
We showed how movies made for the cinemas could be created without using professional movie cameras, but with a device everyone can have in their pockets - the iPhone 12 Pro Max. To demonstrate the limitless potential of the iPhone in cinematic filmmaking, we put it to the ultimate test with the ultimate film genre. A fantastical movie filled with breathtaking, atmospheric imagery. Brought to life with realistic, practical effects made magical by the device’s movie-grade features such as low-light, Dolby Vision, ultra wide and telephoto. In partnership with Golden Globe-nominated director Lulu Wang, we created the 12-minute movie ‘Nian’, shot entirely on iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Creating a highly cinematic film entirely Shot on iPhone gave us a compelling reason to reveal how such amazing visuals and storytelling was achieved on an everyday consumer device like the iPhone, which naturally eased the product into the spotlight. By entertaining our audience with the movie ‘Nian’, we set them up with the right frame of mind to learn more about the product through our ‘Making Of’ featurette. As we unveiled the innovative functions behind the iPhone lens as well as simple, DIY tricks to pull off cinematic camera angles, we showed that anyone equipped with the iPhone has the creative capability to make movies just like the movies they watch in cinemas.
Launched on 29 Jan, the first wave began with a cinematic trailer on Apple’s official WeChat and paid media to generate anticipation (including TVO, pre-roll, Weibo in-feed, Douyin Topview, Oneshot, mastheads, app opening pages). It was later broadcast across National TV, satellite stations and cinemas to announce the premiere of the movie on Apple’s website and customized campaign pages on media platforms. Once there, viewers also got to watch the ‘Making of’ featurette as well as bespoke ‘How-to’ videos that showed how attainable it is to create movies using iPhone. The second and third waves of trailers began on 3 and 8 Feb. This time, we showed ingenious ways the movie was made with the iPhone to trigger the audience’s curiosity to drive another wave of audience to the movie as well as the ‘Making Of’ to learn more about the product features.
Nian’ and the ‘Making of’ registered over 271 million views, up 18% from the previous year. Media and social media sentiment were highly positive with consumer mentions making up 70% of the total buzz, indicating significant engagement. The film’s story also sparked discussions about current societal norms with netizens encouraging each other to break free of their reservations and embrace the unknown in their personal pursuits. Most importantly, the cinematic quality of ‘Nian’ showed in the film which convinced Chinese consumers of iPhone’s camera superiority. A research survey showed 65% of people who watched the film agreed that the iPhone has a camera worthy of professional filmmakers to use. 77% of them expressed purchase intention citing the superior camera. Even non-iPhone users were impressed, with 78% of them believing it’s possible to professionally shoot creative films with the iPhone, deepening their connection with the brand.