The Ad Council has launched a new film “A Message from the Future” as part of the Because of You campaign, a public service advertising c...
The Ad Council has launched a new film “A Message from the Future” as part of the Because of You campaign, a public service advertising campaign that addresses teen bullying. The new work encourages teens to consider the long-lasting impact of their actions, in a culture where meanness is normalized, to create a more empathetic, inclusive community.
The launch comes at the start of a new year and decade, an important time to reflect on how what we do today can impact someone’s tomorrow. More than previous generations, today’s teens feel personally responsible for creating the world they want to live in. Most teens want to do the right thing, but sometimes don’t realize how their actions, big and small can deeply affect others both positively and negatively.
In the creative, using an innovative technology technique, teens were aged up to show that our words and actions can impact someone’s day, year or life. Teens were surprised with a live message from their aged-up friend, thanking them for stepping in when they were experiencing bullying, driving home that our words and actions can have long-lasting effects on someone’s future. The creative features The Head and the Heart’s song “See You Through My Eyes,” provided by Warner Records.
“No one can get through to teens better than their own friends – which is why this campaign is so resonant and effective,” said Heidi Arthur, Chief Campaign Development Officer at the Ad Council. “I love how this next phase uses breakthrough technology to show the lasting impact you can have on someone.”
“Last year we flipped the concept on how anti-bullying campaigns have always been done in the past.” said Rafael Rizuto, co-founder and CCO of TBD. “This year we wanted to evolve the campaign to show them that their words and actions have a long-lasting impact. To achieve this, we turned the impossible into possible by using cutting edge tech to bring their friends from the future to deliver a special message. Live.”
"We knew we wanted to age the kids by 10 years in a live, real-time setting to create an emotionally raw experience,” noted Anrick Bergman, the film’s director. “To achieve this, we started by scanning data of the teen’s face. Then we digitally changed the shape of a blank face to match their facial features and movements, capturing not just how they look, but how they move, talk, and their small, unique, behavioral micro signals. By using a TrueDepth camera setup, we allowed them to control their older selves in real-time, to create an honest way for them to pay a heartfelt thank you to their friend.”
Last year’s Honest Yearbook film demonstrated the real impact, good and bad, that teens have on each other and had significant positive effects: after launch, fewer teens reported being stereotyped, excluded from activities, and ignored. What’s more, more teens felt like they could make a difference against bullying and felt personally responsible for creating a more empathetic culture. These shifts happened despite a culture of pervasive meanness—where name calling, shaming, rumor spreading and isolating others—is the norm.
Developed pro bono by San Francisco-based independent creative agency TBD, Because Of You will drive engagement with U.S. teens throughout the year through new PSA assets placed in donated media and with support from media partners, per the Ad Council’s model.
The Ad Council corporate partners supporting the campaign include Adobe, Hallmark, and Johnson & Johnson. Non-profit partners include Be Strong, Born This Way Foundation, The Bully Project, GLSEN, No Bully, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, and The Trevor Project. Partners will help extend the reach of Because of You to their respective audiences.
To learn more about the campaign, visit BecauseOfYou.org and follow @BecauseOfYou on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #BecauseOfYou.
Founded in San Francisco by highly-decorated creative Rafael Rizuto and industry veteran Jordan Warren, TBD is a diverse group of creative problem solvers who believe in the power of creative ideas to bring about positive change. The creative company works with brave, mission driven clients looking to disrupt markets or themselves. Fueled by radically different people, perspectives, and experiences, TBD takes an idea-first approach to help clients go beyond advertising, influence culture and drive disproportionate impact. Clients TBD has worked with include Ad Council, Dole, Evernote, Fastly, Havaianas, Netflix, Nike, Nokia, StubHub and Welcoming America.
About The Ad Council
The Ad Council is where creativity and causes converge. The non-profit organization brings together the most creative minds in advertising, media, technology and marketing to address many of the nation’s most important causes. The Ad Council has created many of the most iconic campaigns in advertising history. Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Smokey Bear. Love Has No Labels. Its innovative social good campaigns raise awareness, inspire action and save lives. To learn more, visit AdCouncil.org, follow the Ad Council’s communities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and view the creative on YouTube.
“A Message From The Future” Creative Credits
Client: Ad Council
Heidi Arthur, Chief Campaign Development Officer
Sheri Klein, VP, Group Campaign Director
Madeline Miller, Campaign Director
Trevor Lin, Campaign Management Assistant
Julia Blumenstyk, Director, Strategy and Evaluation
Ellyn Fisher, SVP, Marketing and Communications
Shirley Yeung, Director, Marketing and Communications
Sean Williams, Manager, Marketing and Communications
Rebecca Mir, Director, Digital Project Management
Carolina Trevino, Digital Project Manager
Gregory Kelly, Director, Media Strategy
Catherine Yarovoi, Campaign Analyst
Rafael Rizuto, Chief Creative Officer
Sara Uhelski, Copywriter
Leila Moussaoui, Art Director
Bruno Menon, Designer
Jordan Warren, CEO
Adrian Dagli, Account Director
Jeff Burger, Engagement Planning Director
Rob Lee, Executive Producer
Salem Weresh, Account Manager
Production Company: Unit9
Anrick Bregman, Director
Michelle Craig, Creative Partner
Luca De Laurentiis, Executive Producer
Mindy Lubert, Head of Production
Sarah Barson, Production Lead
Camilla Rose, Producer
Mel Anderson, 1st Assistant Director
Boyd Hobbs, DP
Joe Wohlmuth, Sound Designer
Lu Ts-Hsing, BTS
VFX: Ingenuity Studios
David Lebensfeld, VFX Supervisor
Kieley Culbertson, VFX Producer
Taos Whittaker, VFX Artist
Post-Production Company: Beast
Bob Spector, Editor
Jeff Bielat, Producer
Blake Bogosian, Editor
Evan Mueller, Assistant Editor
Eric Pascua, Colorist/Flame Artist
Music Production Company: Jamute
James Pinto, Music Producer
Daniel Teles, Music Producer
Alejandro Ramos Lepez, Executive Producer
Julianna Zuppo, Production Coordinator
Cassia Garcia, Production Coordinator