GIFs – an acronym for “Graphics Interchange Format” – are short, animated computer images that have gained massive popularity with consumers. With social sites like Tumblr and Twitter’s Vine being home to numerous user-generated movie GIFs, they are now being adopted by marketers. This week, Fox Searchlight launched an all-GIF promo for their new movie Stoker.
Directed by cult Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, Stoker is a mystery thriller starring Nicole Kidman. As letters play a large part in the plot, Fox Searchlight set up the microsite ‘Letters To India‘ where visitors can see exclusive GIF animations from the movie.
Each GIF can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and the site is regularly updated with new exclusive content. The studio also decided to craft a TV spot created entirely from GIFs (it broke this week in Adult Swim in the US)
Fox Searchlight aren’t alone: recently Cinemax turned an episode of its new show Banshee into a series of animated GIFs, and last year Lionsgate used an GIF poster to promote its movie The Hunger Games.
EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL
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