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This Powerful VELUX Film is (Hopefully) a Breath of Fresh Air, 1 month ago

Danish agency &Co. turns unseen scientific research into 72 million views with Martin de Thurah-directed ‘The Indoor Generation’ campaign

This Powerful VELUX Film is (Hopefully) a Breath of Fresh Air

A girl, a house, and no fresh air: these are the main ingredients of the video at the heart of window and skylight manufacturer VELUX’s ‘Indoor Generation’ campaign. The campaign is made by Danish creative agency &Co., and its goal is to expose the severe health risks involved with a life led predominately inside with the persistent problem of a bad indoor climate, which affects most buildings. Problems that have been largely unknown to the general public until now.
The campaign unearths a number of shocking insights and brings them together under the banner of ‘The Indoor Generation’ – a term coined by the agency &Co.
This remarkable three-minute film has hit a nerve all over the world, with over 72 million views and counting. And according to Viral Thread it is already the UK’s most viewed branded video of 2018.
This is no coincidence. It’s down to planning.

“When we saw the research and data, we were horrified,” says Robert Cerkez, creative director and co-founder of &Co. Diving into the extensive research material collected by VELUX, including a survey by the analysis institute YouGov across 14 countries, the team discovered that:
  • People spend 90% of their time indoors
  • Indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air
  • Damp and mouldy homes increase the risk of asthma by 40%
  • Lack of daylight makes 15% of people sad
  • Daylight can boost children’s learning by 15%
  • Children’s bedrooms are often the most polluted
Traditionally, the focus of VELUX’s marketing to end-users has been on products, and the agency was originally approached to create a B2B product campaign. “But we felt society at large had a right to know about this. So instead of talking about windows, we decided to talk about ‘the problem’,” continues Robert. “For which the VELUX products are of course part of the solution, but only a part. The way we like to work is to open up a discussion between many stakeholders and the general public.”
&Co.’s strategy combines scientific research with clever marketing and employing the right media partners, to ensure credibility and reach, such as New York Times, USA Today, UNILAD, Huffington Post, Viral Thread and I Fucking Love Science.
“We wanted people to be able to recognize themselves as part of The Indoor Generation and really feel – both mentally and physically - the importance of this agenda. We set out to create a campaign that travels between people, and we managed that by tapping into intrinsically human insights - and by integrating the creative development with the distribution strategy from day one,” says &Co. head of brand activation and social, Morten Saxnaes.
The film is artistically directed by one of Denmark’s most promising directors, Martin de Thurah, of renowned Scandinavian production company Bacon. When it came to defining the visual language of the film, documentary style might have been the more ‘traditional’ or obvious approach. But the team opted for a more poetic route instead, making clever use of symbolism and highly stylized art direction.
“The clear glass houses allow us to see ourselves from the outside - as spectators to our lives.  We featured them in the film to show our evolution: We have gone from being part of nature to being apart from nature. This is thought-provoking, and we wanted to illustrate this unnatural behavior in a visually engaging and almost anthropological way,” says Lone Tvedergaard Bach, &Co. strategy lead.
“One of the many interesting challenges was how to portray a slow and silent killer. These are invisible problems - you can’t see bad air, you can’t see lack of light. I call this approach ‘going to the dark side of the moon’. We don’t talk about the light side - windows - but rather about the dark side. The most explosive subjects are always on the dark side,” concludes Robert.

Advertiser: VELUX

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: &Co.

Creative Director: Robert Cerkez

Copywriter: Peter Dinesen

Art Director: Henrik Tvilling

Producer: Anne-Mette Lund

VFX: Bacon X

Designers: Anders Martin Jensen and Brian Dahl

Account Manager: Sarah Gandil

Account Director: Christian Grosen

Media Agency

Media Agency: Oath Nordics

Account Director: Kenneth Landbo

Project Manager: Louise Brogaard

Strategist: Rasmus Mikkelsen

Publishing Manager: Jan Jakob Holm-Weber

Production Company

Production Company: Bacon

Executive Producer: Mette Jermiin

Director: Martin de Thurah

DOP: Kasper Tuxen

Producer: Charlie Gaugler

Stylist: Melanie Buchhave

Gaffer: Thomas Bekker

Key Grip: Christian Brøndum

Sound Recordist: Jamie Louis Thurman

Steadicam Operator: Flemming Laybourne

Focus Puller: Daniel Parmo

Make Up: Jeanette Svendsen

Wardrobe: Melanie Buchhave

Casting: Claire Catterson, Art Cast, Lena Påske, Another Casting Company

Best Boy Grip: Alex Suhr

Set and Props Modelling: Wonderland

Production Manager: Birgitte Rask

Production Designer: Simone Grau Roney

Production Assistant: Laura Valentiner-Bohse

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Bacon X

Colourist: Hanibal Lang

Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté


Composer: Simon Torp Littauer / Adrian Aurelius Skovgaard Nielsen / Gregers Mærsk Møller


Sound Company: Ballad

Print / OOH

Photographer: Søren Solkær

Print Producer: Christina E. Nielsen (VELUX Production Manager)

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