Publicis NY
Sanofi Pasteur
Directed by Erin Sarofsky
Live Action
Motion Design
Animation
CG (Computer Graphics)
3D Modeling
Finishing

Menactra

Teens share. Their food, their drink, their lipstick, their kisses. It’s fertile ground for great relationships, but also, shockingly, for the spread of meningococcal meningitis—a horrible bacterial infection that can kill within 24-hours of transmission. Although most young people receive their first Meningitis (MCV4) vaccine during middle school, more than 60% of older teens never go back for the second, crucial, vaccination. To alert teens and their parents to the importance of getting that second dose to prevent the virus’ spread, Publicis NY asked us to create this public service announcement. 

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Stops You In Your Tracks

Our challenge was not only to communicate information in a way that would connect to both teens and their parents, but to create a sense of urgency while doing that. Given the severity of the infection, it was important to shape a spot that literally stopped people in their tracks. 

To do so, Erin Sarofsky directed a live-action story of “teens being teens”: laughing, sharing, sporting, and hanging out by lockers rehearsing a play. It’s set in a normal high school with traditional views and banter. To play up the idealized nature of the happy setting, we shot the footage slightly high-speed, with anamorphic lenses for a cloudy, dreamy look. 

Behind The Scenes
The Graphic Sequence

In the middle of the story, we abruptly cut to dramatic visualizations of the bacteria spreading through a young person’s body. The jarring interruption provides a harsh metaphor for what happens to a young person’s life if the virus invades. 

With cinematography by Luca Del Puppo, computer graphics and design were completed in-house by our team of animators and designers. 

Project Credits 
  • Live Action Director
    Erin Sarofsky
  • Executive Producer
    Steven Anderson
  • Line Producer
    Marsie Wallach
  • Director of Photography
  • Post Producer
    Jenny Napier
  • Editor
    Sarah Harvey
  • Motion Designers
    Dan Tiffany
  • Josh Smiertka
  • Tnaya Witmer
  • Jens Mebes
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