Nosferatu, the 1922 Silent Film, Now Has Audio Thanks to a Remarkable Getty Images Campaign

AlmapBBDO's ambitious audio promotion

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AlmapBBDO has done it again!

For its client Getty Images, the Brazilian agency has spent the last few years making in-depth, academic use of the company’s massive assets (most of us don’t even make it past the first page).

Its 2012 campaign, “From Love to Bingo,” used 873 Getty archive stills to tell the story of a single life in one minute. The “20 Years” print ads from 2015 illustrated how four celebs aged over time. And last year’s “Endless Possibilities” assembled four famous faces … using parts of the faces of other people, all from Getty’s own stock art.

This year’s campaign gives the approach a whole new spin. This time, it promotes a side of Getty Images many haven’t explored—its audio library.

The brand has a massive stock of music and sound effects for sale. To bring it to life, AlmapBBDO set its creatives on a whole new adventure: Taking the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu and giving it fresh auditory life in a campaign called “Not Silent Film.”

The new sound was composed of thousands of Getty audio files over thousands of hours. The iconic vampire, who’s been a fixture of our millennial dreams ever since that one Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode, even gets his own language and voice. (Dusty and horrifying, not unlike unearthing a cursed Pharaonic tomb while your mentor plunders all the glinting—and obviously evil—booty for “science.”)

Eat your heart out, Toronto Silent Film Fest!

“Premium Access subscription programs offer our creative partners the widest selection of content across imagery, video and audio,” says Getty Images’ chief marketing officer, Gene Foca. “I can think of few ways to better showcase the wide-ranging capabilities of Getty Images than to transform this classic into a ‘new’ classic, with the help of Getty Images audio.”

The work was produced by Punch Audio over three months. Additionally, posters inspired by the film’s original promotional billboards were recreated for the campaign, focusing on Nosferatu and his newfound ability to audibly creep you out.

This guy literally never dies.

Our favorite, by far. Such subtlety!

Users can watch the full one-and-a-half-hour remake at It’s cheesy in places, but then again, so was the original.

The site also includes a sound timeline of the production, and access to each file used in the film. An accompanying making-of details the production process. It’s available in both English and Portuguese.

Title: Nosferatu “The Non Silent Film”
Agency: AlmapBBDO
Client: Getty Images
Partner/ CCO: Luiz Sanches
Executive Creative Direction: Bruno Prosperi
Creative Direction: Andre Gola, Benjamin Yung Jr, Marcelo Nogueira, Pernil
Digital Creative Director: Luciana Haguiara
Digital Head of Art: Pedro Burneiko
Copywriter: Daniel Oksenberg, Rodrigo Resende
Art Director: Renato Butori, Hauck Araujo
Interface Design: Ingrid Bugarin
Audio: Getty Images
Audio Production: Punch Audio
Digital Production Company: Slickland
Illustration: Black Madre Atelier
Production house: Bossa Nova Animation
Agency producer: Vera Jacinto, Diego Villas Bôas and Léo Damasceno
Art Buyer: Teresa Setti e Stephanie Biekarck
Project Manager: Mayra Otsuka
Technology Director: Eduardo Bruschi
UX Designer: Caroline Kayatt
Planning: Cintia Gonçalves
Accounts: Ana Clara Grana, Beatriz Almonacid, Nathalia Chaves and Beatriz Sztamfater
Media: Luis Flavio Padilha, Cassiano Oliva and Natalia Furtado
Client Supervisors: Gene Foca, Paige McCrensky, Jennifer Ferguson, Kjelti Kellough, Elvira Cameriere and Natália Moraes

@luckthelady Angela Natividad is a frequent contributor to Adweek's creativity blog, AdFreak. She is also the author of Generation Creation and co-founder of Hurrah, an esports agency. She lives in Paris and when she isn't writing, she can be found picking food off your plate.
Publish date: May 10, 2017 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT