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After a long day at work, who doesn’t love the idea of a perfectly made bed and a laptop with your favorite movie on and of course some snacks to nibble on? Probably every other Indian. Applause Entertainment is all set to provide such content and to help it reach out to a larger audience, the team of Dynamite has worked hard to design a visual identity/ branding that people will relate to.

Brief/ Challenge:

Applause Entertainment is a new-age content studio and OTT (over-the-top) platform, founded by the Aditya Birla Group that aims to cater to the current generation of Indian audiences whose favourite guilty pleasure is binge-watching movies and TV series, with a bowl full of snacks. To fulfil this, they are all set to produce and bring forth a wide range of content ranging from comedies to high-octane action shows.

Solution:

The task of branding this new forum-‘Applause Entertainment’ was taken up by the team of Dynamite, who began their creative journey to develop a visual identity, brand positioning & motion language for it.

“It’s not entertainment if there is no Applause.” became the primary point of communication of the company that became a major focus around which Dynamite developed the overall feel of the company. The team has worked efficiently to establish a visual look, tone and brand voice that depicted Applause as an entertainment powerhouse and a modern day solution to the average Indian audience who craves for story driven and entertainment content.

To develop the logo of the brand, the team at Dynamite decided to be true to it’s parent organization – Aditya Birla Group. Taking inspiration from its logo that is known to people for many years, they developed the Applause symbol (A) and modified it for different on-air and off-air branding.

The ‘A’ logo acts as a visual device of light along with the being the symbol of the brand, which subsequently became a combination that Dynamite decided to play around with. While one of the modification is the 3D extrusion of the A symbol that is being used in the on-air transitions, the others include the unique identity of the logo for posters and other content, that stays true to the original Applause symbol.

Overall, Dynamite has hit a home run in developing its visual identity, taking inspiration from the past and revamping it to suit what Applause stands for and aims to be. While the content at Applause seems promising, the look and feel of the brand is something that should be given much credit and a round of applause.

Dynamite Design shows us how they produce impactful TV branding in a time when digital entertainment production and consumption is at an all time high.

CG. What, according to you, are the most fundamental and essential aspects of  TV branding?

Dynamite: 3 things. Format, Genre and Audience. To smoothly navigate our layouts, it becomes essential to consider which format, either SD or HD, we are broadcasting in. Similarly, when dealing with a diverse set of genres such as movies, general entertainment, sports and so on, we take into account each genre’s uniquely different requirements. Finally, we make sure we understand who the audience is, based on demographics and tastes, as these further help us determine our approach to our design process.

CG. How is designing for the TV different from designing for other mediums?

Dynamite: We are out here creating new brands because someone, somewhere has identified a gap, and as a design house our mission is to occupy that space with as much responsibility in as beautiful and relevant a manner as possible. The design process is pretty much the same as when you design for any medium. The difference here is that the solution is not a static frame or a product, but a dynamic system that literally breathes life and character into the channel.

CG. What helps decide the tone of the visuals?

Dynamite: It is the audience, genre and format. When we design for an HD channel, we know we are dealing with a more evolved audience. Also, HD allows us to use a larger gamut of colours and gradients that the SD format can’t support. So, from imagery to typography, colours, gradients, and the palette, everything opens up completely when we are designing an HD channel.

CG. What is the main motive to achieve when creating TV branding, and how do you make sure it’s engaging?

Dynamite: The main motive is to present content in the best way possible. So, we keep in mind how the viewers’ eye needs to move and register information in a seamless and effortless manner. The biggest motive really is for the viewer to enjoy the experience, even during the breaks. So our job is really to create packaging that is sticky, and to keep the viewers engaged throughout their TV viewing hours.

CG. What is the overall approach and process you follow in your works for television?

Dynamite: We ask a lot of questions! This helps our clients articulate their ‘marketing’ brief in an informal and honest manner. Once we feel we’re on the same page, we take it back to the team for our brainstorm sessions. We are a pretty old school in our approach. In such a saturated market, any new player coming in has to have a unique proposition for the viewer. As a standard, content is always king.

If the broadcaster has to survive or be noticed; it is imperative that the carriage of that content/programming is well thought through. If it’s not presented interestingly enough, no one’s going to give it a chance. So, we really have to get a core understanding of the brand in place before we start our process.

For each of the Broadcast properties, it is identifying the core values that differentiate them in the mind of the consumer Branding then is simply a matter of creating communication that connects the broadcast brand instantly and intuitively to the targeted consumer.

CG. What is your advice to others practising?

Dynamite: Follow a clearly defined process. Be committed to what you have to offer. Don’t cut corners, as this is a profession that requires educating our clients about the value of branding. This is our constant struggle and quest. We have a talent pool of amazing designers in this country, yet, most of our clients prefer working abroad with international agencies. We need to be able to build trust, accountability and align as partners if we need to break that stereotype.

Issue 40-Motion Graphics Special

Published in Issue 40

We all have favourite TV shows and we passionately discuss the stories and characters of it. But sometimes, we tend to ignore the channel and its branding. Now with many different channels to choose from, we are experiencing many new branding overhauls to grab the audience’s attention. This issue features interviews with some of the well-known studios and teams of Motion Graphics from India and overseas, including FutureDeluxe Studio from London, Dynamite Design, Adaar and RocketScience Lab from India. It also includes digital artist, Renju MV, highlighting his exceptional control over the medium. If you are interested in moving design or animated content then this issue is a must-read for you!

 

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The changing times often call for channels to rediscover themselves and refresh their brand as a whole. Zee Cinema approached Dynamite Design to revamp its brand undergoing a total visual transformation at the commencement of a new era in cinema.

zee cinema rebranding
zee cinema rebranding

The Brief

With modernization, channels often strategize to rediscover and reposition themselves in the market through rebranding. A refreshed packaging involves renewing the logo to proposition a change that is synonymous with the content and the tagline adopted by the channel.

 

Zee Cinema, since its inception, has stood for three things: Movies, Masti and Magic. With the commencement of a new era in cinema, the brand decided to undergo a total visual transformation including a shift in brand focus – to dial up the Magic and Masti quotient in their brand promise. Thence the company approached Dynamite Design to re-assert their brand with a novel visual approach.

zee cinema rebranding
zee cinema rebranding

The Challenge

The major challenge here was to create a defining visual identity for Zee Cinema that was befitting with the brand’s overhauled roster of sister channels. As a movie channel, it was important to keep the visual identity true to the brand’s philosophy by encapsulating an idea true to the content delivered.

zee cinema rebranding

The Solution

Utilizing the concept of light and its movement to portray the channel as a portal, the design embodied the magic of light that leaks out of the film projector to create the charm of cinema in its logo. The rays of light designed in the logo emulate the shine and light leak of a film projector creating a sense of drama to visually connect the audience with the channel’s true identity. The same concept was taken forward for the channel idents with the alluring thaumatropes created through a series of stark visuals that conveyed masti and magic – the two core ingredients of Zee Cinema.

zee cinema rebranding
zee cinema rebranding

The Result

With the concept in place, the visual language was extended and interpreted throughout with a rich and vibrant colour palette for the on-air packaging in the studio environments. These designs seamlessly transcended for the off-branding as well.

zee cinema rebranding
zee cinema rebranding

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