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Enchanting new Sony BRAVIA™ ad invades a derelict casino with 4000 glitter filled balloons

Press release   •   Sep 22, 2016 09:00 CEST

Sony used over 1500kg of multi-coloured glitter in its latest explosive commercial for BRAVIA 4K HDR TVs

  • Watch as an enchantingly grand, derelict old building comes to life, bursting with bright white balloons, the ad crescendos into an incredible multi-coloured glittery explosion
  • The ad perfectly encapsulates the beautiful detail of Sony’s new BRAVIA 4K HDR TV range and the brilliant colour reproduction
  • “More Brilliance. More Beauty.” is the mesmerising ad’s strapline
  • A mixture of drones and handheld video cameras were used so that viewers could experience the colour explosions in clear detail
  • For the soundtrack, Sony collaborated with UK singer-songwriter Tom Odell to re-record Cyndi Lauper’s famous track ‘True Colours'

Today, Sony launched a new advertising campaign which showcases the incredible picture quality of its new range of Sony BRAVIA 4K HDR TVs. These TVs give you the best possible picture quality whatever you’re watching, the smartest user experience with Android TV, and are stunningly designed.

Shot in 4K, the ad made by American director Andre Stringer, together with DDB Berlin, brings to life a forgotten, derelict casino in Romania using 4000 balloons and over 1500 KG of glitter in the visually enchanting setting.

Opening with a single white balloon entering an empty building, the casino gradually fills with balloons and mesmerises onlookers before the balloons explode in a cacophony of colour as glitter cascades around the casino.

By using a combination of different shooting methods and angles, the ad sets out to capture the brilliance and beauty of 4K HDR through the juxtaposition of pure white balloons and the glorious colour of the glitter, culminating in a stunning explosive climax.

As well as the TV commercial, the campaign will encompass cinema, VOD, digital, out of home and point of sale to convey the core message, ‘More Brilliance. More Beauty’ and celebrates the exceptional colour, contrast and detail delivered by the new range of Sony 4K HDR TVs.

The accompanying key visuals were shot by high-speed photographer Fabian Oefner who attached a noise sensor to the camera shutter, so that it triggered every time a balloon popped, helping him to achieve incredibly detailed and striking images.

Shuhei Sugihara, Head of Brand and Product Communication, Sony Europe, says of the advert: “Whether through our products, or through our marketing, our company’s philosophy is to satisfy people’s curiosity.

“Our new TV commercial continues BRAVIA’s legacy of adverts. From balls, bunnies and flower petals to balloons and glitter – Sony has always used striking colour and visual beauty to showcase its range of televisions. The creative direction of this footage was based on the same idea and we hope viewers truly feel something from this beautiful image, which uses a million glittery details to truly demonstrate the difference our 4K HDR TVs provide in terms of colour, contrast and detail.”

In true Sony tradition, music was an important consideration and given the nature of the commercial, Sony worked with Tom Odell to create a haunting new version of Cyndi Lauper’s classic track “True Colors” renamed as “True Colours”. The music licensing division of Sony Music was involved for the music and artist consulting as well as the song production in high resolution audio. "True Colours" will be released as a single on all relevant digital platforms on September 30th.

Mr Odell said: “When I saw the advert I thought it was beautiful. And I love Andre Stringer’s (director) work, so was keen to be involved. True Colours by Cyndi Lauper is one of my favourite songs, and it was a joy to sing it and put it to the picture. The lyric has always struck me as one with a very unique message; to be yourself and to be proud about it. In that spirit, I hope you love it as much as I did recording it.”

Alice Bottaro, Creative Director at DDB Berlin explains: “Shooting this commercial required weeks of preparation and a lot of effort from special effects and production design partners. Glitter is a very challenging element to work with, even more so because we wanted to show the particles in all their detail and brilliance. We’ve also been very lucky to get such a beautiful location: during the film, you really experience how the glitter turns this abandoned casino into a place full of colour and life.”

The campaign will launch in UK, Ireland & Germany from the beginning of October.

All Sony’s new BRAVIA 4K HDR TVs: ZD9, XD93/XD94, XD85, XD83, XD80, XD75, XD70, SD85, and SD80 deliver superior 4K viewing experience as well as near 4K quality up-conversion from HD sources. With over eight million pixels, these Sony BRAVIA 4K HDR TVs offer intense detail and stunning picture quality, providing more than four times the detail of Full HD.

The new Sony BRAVIA 4K HDR TVs feature High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility to receive and process the new video standard. Combined with 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR will change the way you look at TV with added detail, colour and contrast.

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  • Credits:

    Client: Sony Europe

    Pan European Consumer Marketing Head: Mikio Nakazawa

    Head of Brand and Product Communication: Shuhei Sugihara

    Brand & Product Communication Manager(s), Television: Moira Larkin, Alessandra D’Avino

    Art Direction: Richard Small

    Agencies: DDB Berlin

    Managing Director Creative: Myles Lord

    Executive Creative Director: Gabriel Mattar

    Creative Director: Alice Bottaro

    Art Director: Jacopo Biorcio, Alan Dindo

    Copywriter: Chiara Chessa

    Client Service Director: David Barton

    Account Director: Jemima Jordan

    Producer: Jens Mecking, Marcus Wetschewald

    Director: Andre Stringer

    Production Company: Tempomedia

    Postproduction: nhb studios Berlin

    Producer Print: Kamila Koelling

    Photographer: Fabian Oefner

    About DDB:

    DDB is a creative agency with locations in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Wolfsburg with clients such as Volkswagen, Deutsche Telekom, eBay, Sony, Henkel, Immowelt AG, Mumm&Co. Sektkellereien GmbH/Jules Mumm, IKEA and many more. DDB belongs to the DDB Worldwide network with more than 200 offices in more over 90 countries.

    Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, imaging, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $72 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Sony Global Web Site: