Born Free Make a #TankFree Splash 4 World Orca Day

Maddie Cotterill

International wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation marks World Orca Day on July 14 with an integrated campaign which sees Ocean Outdoor’s spectacular large format full motion out of home screens transformed into virtual tanks.

Conceived by WCRS, a winner of Ocean Outdoor’s annual digital creative competition, #TankFree uses CGI technology and visual effects from The Mill London to create a series of magnificent life size animated orcas which the public are invited to set free from captivity and return to their natural habitats.

Over the course of World Orca Day (July 14), supporters will be asked to help free captive orcas by texting a donation to Born Free. Each GBP 5 donation received causes a captive orca to jump out of the DOOH screen and swim through other nearby sites to freedom. Its escape triggers the arrival of another captive orca, which swims into the virtual tank, triggering further donations.

Celebrated actress and Born Free co-founder Virginia McKenna OBE said “There are currently 62 orcas in the world which are forced to live in cramped conditions and perform unnatural tricks at marine parks and aquariums. This highly visual, dynamic appeal, created for us by WCRS and Ocean, will help in our mission to end the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity.”

WCRS creative director Steve Hawthorne told us “Sometimes the most powerful way to get a problem across to people is simply to show it to them in a way that’s hard to ignore. Creating life sized orcas, in digital screens the same size as the tanks that many orcas are kept in, allowed us to do just that.”

#TankFree will feature for the day across five ‘hero’ city centre locations including Westfield Stratford, London, the Birmingham Media Eyes, Liverpool Media Wall, The Screen @Arndale in Manchester and St Enoch, Glasgow, from where the captive Orcas will be freed. A further six Ocean screens will carry supporting graphics to raise awareness and donations on the same day (July 14).

Out of home and experiential activity will be supported by prominent Born Free celebrity patron Lady Victoria Hervey, who will visit Westfield Stratford to see the campaign for herself on July 14. Born Free will promote the day’s activities widely on social media, using #TankFree to encourage engagement across the country.

Ocean Outdoor head of marketing Helen Haines told us “Equating the screen size with the size of a tank is a powerful message. This campaign is a beautiful use of creative out of home spaces and it’s nice that the connection, interaction and positive action coincides on one day. This is a worthy winner of Ocean’s digital creative competition which looks to celebrate big, bold new ideas.”

Full credits:
Client: The Born Free Foundation
Agency: WCRS
Executive Creative Director: Billy Faithfull, Ross Neil
Creative Directors: Katy Hopkins, Steve Hawthorne
Agency Producer: Hannah Needham
Director of Technology: Dino Burbidge
Creative Technologists: Liam Chapman
Digital Producers: Mike Downey, Simon Fraser
Production Company: The Mill
Creative Director: Jorge Montiel
Head of Animation: Stefan Susemihl
Executive Producer: Reece Ewing
Producer: Jomana Ayoub
Production Co-ordinator: Rhea Sil, Nicole Rivron
CG Supervisor: Dhiran Karkera
2D Lead: Rakesh Venugopalan
3D Artists: Appu V, Sinu Raghavan, Chaitali Shah, Venugopal A
2D Artists: Girish Haryani, Arijit Ghosh, Amit Kambli
Digital Matte Painter: Bijo Joy
Media Owner: Ocean Outdoor
Media Planning: Ocean Labs

WCRS is a creative agency, combining more than 35 years of brand building expertise with the ability to execute ideas in any channel. The agency’s focus is to create work people care about. In whatever form that takes. Developing ideas everywhere from TV to Twitter, online to mobile, games to music downloads.

Submissions to Ocean’s 2017 creative digital competition are now open.

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