DAf: FIAN “Face It Act Now!”

Chilean studio DAf has created a yummy PSA for FIAN (FoodFirst Information and Action Network) based in Germany. DAf handled everything from script to music, earning them extra points for pure moxie.

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I’m always interested in PSAs, especially ones that try to infuse a little information into their concept. My favorite projects are what I call “visual essays,” a term I’ll be developing further at Offf in NYC. Visual essays are the motion graphics equivalent of written essays. They build an argument through the use of pointed facts and rhetorical devices, but because they can leverage the power of audio/visual stimuli, they can reach a much wider audience in a shorter period of time than most literary media.

DAf’s spot is full of cleverness and fun details, like the Euro-shaped puffs of smoke from the tractor and the use of a corkscrew to “pull up” the bars of a bar graph. The best bit, though, is the fact that they not only included the 850,000,000 figure, but that they then underscored its enormity by showing its relationship to the European Union. That’s the sort of visual that gets lodged in a person’s brain. It’s the kind of information that can be internalized, digested (pardon the pun) and then re-disseminated by the audience, effectively creating a virus of data. I love it.

About the author

Justin Cone

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Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.

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  • Creative, elegant, love it!………and

    The “quickies” mention of the Joseph Kosinski + Hummer)spot is freaking AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  • Kai

    Hi Justin, so you’ll be speaking at OFFF this year? That’s great, I just bought the ticket, hope to see you there and keep up the great work at motionographer :)

  • Slot

    Damn amazing spot. Is there a website for DAf?

  • Oops, yeah, here’s their site: http://www.daf.cl/

    Added it to the post, too.

  • I think the concept for this is brilliant. They pulled it off very well.