It's not every day you have the opportunity to work on something that screams cool from almost every aspect. Let me see if I can summarize this particular opportunity: vampires, witches, werewolves, Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Kristin Bauer, Deborah Ann Woll, HBO, Social Media, Facebook, complex Flash layering, detailed motion design, great creative, great script, personalization in full motion video, high availability, cloud farms, CDN's, open source, high performance where every millisecond in processing counts, and integration with multiple SaaS providers and their API's.
That pretty much describes what Definition 6 recently had the opportunity to work on and launch with the hit HBO show True Blood that premieres season 4 this Sunday, June 26th. We helped them launch a Facebook application called IMMORTALIZE YOURSELF that takes a piece filmed exclusively for this purpose featuring many of the famous cast as a bridge between season 3 and season 4 and using Facebook connect you'll find you and your Facebook friends are a part of the video. Some go missing, others apply to be Fangtasia dancers, and you get to be an assassin. You're all featured in the show's famous credits and opening. And when it's all over you can re-do the whole thing but pick which friends you want to be in which roles. And while the concept of using a bespoke video with social aspects may not be entirely new or unique, I feel pretty safe in saying that the level of detail we achieved in the personalization is pretty rare. Everything looks far more a natural part of the video than almost anything done previously. A lot of love went into that effort. The same goes for attention to detail in the performance of the application for something involving so much Flash, video and detailed interactions.
Plus it's just cool. It's also pretty rare in this business to do something that achieves a 99.9% positive sentiment rating with less than 0.05% technical failures in application delivery. You can check it out for real yourself here. And you can see an example of one of the videos below, this one featuring many of the team members at Definition 6 that worked on this project.
And as an added benefit, I and many of the team members had about 45 days to immerse ourselves in the brand by watching 3 seasons of a show with brilliant dialogue, and a great story that's chock full of fantastic effects, great actors, and plenty of hot vampire sex.
Our thanks to a great client. The True Blood team wrote a great script, and all the video production work and editing was done by HBO Creative Services. As always the cast and crew of True Blood were fantastic in their performances. The marketing team at HBO continues to push the edge with great ideas and non-traditional campaigns. What they have done on True Blood previously and with this piece shows how they combine innovative thinking with creative brand authenticity.
We're lucky at Definition 6 to enjoy a long-standing relationship with HBO, spear-headed by the Managing Partner of our Post-Production division, Rob Ortiz, who has been working with HBO for over 25 years. Rob, our team at Definition 6, and the great Creative Services team at HBO, especially Becca Schader, Chris Denniston and Chris Spencer, all combined to concept, POC, flush out the idea, and drive this piece with Marketing and Interactive. It's fantastic working with people like these who continue to show they are thinking well beyond the traditional 30-second spot on how to engage fans and grow audiences in a rapidly changing landscape. True Blood is rapidly approaching 8 Million fans on Facebook, and it's pieces like this that can change how you reach and interact with those fans.
Waiting Sucks. So go check out the app. And don't miss the season premiere this Sunday on HBO, 9PM EST.