LONDON — VFX and creative production studio MPC has unveiled its new brand identity for the advertising marketplace. The new look is designed to simultaneously position the company for an expansive future while honoring its legacy as a leader in creating emotionally-compelling content and stories.
The company is restoring its full name - the Moving Picture Company - in a move that underscores its ability to not only create moving images but to move audiences emotionally and persuasively with its work for global brands, marketers and ad agencies.
The new MPC identity - which was created internally - relies on a strong, modular, typographical re-ordering of the company’s familiar initials, rendered with a fresh, contemporary look. The logo will appear as a standalone design or with the Moving Picture Company wordmark, and will be rolled out across its digital channels directed at its advertising clientele.
“Our new visual articulation of the Moving Picture Company brand is an improved, more honest reflection of the position we occupy in the marketplace today, but with a deliberate nod to our past,” says MPC CEO Mark Benson. “Our artists, designers, directors, creatives, producers and technologists consistently produce award-winning content across every media category in which we work, from feature films to advertising. Our brand identity should reflect this confident commitment to quality in a way that demonstrates the pride and passion of our people around the world. And it does.”
The Moving Picture Company launched in 1970 in London, and has since earned countless ad industry honors, ranging from D&AD Pencils to Cannes Lions to Clios. MPC Film has won Academy Awards for The Jungle Book and Life of Pi.
The rebranding effort was in response to MPC’s realization that its existing branding didn’t reflect the high level of work – both in terms of creativity and craftsmanship – its studios have been producing. It’s also a response to the changing nature of its marketplace.
“Our industry is rapidly evolving, both in terms of the kinds of work we do and the types of clients we’re partnering with,” explains Lauren Pollare, global head of marketing at MPC, who led the rebranding effort. “MPC is now working directly with brands, creating original content, working with location-based entertainment venues and collaborating with experiential agencies. We felt this was a great opportunity to redefine a company with a solid reputation, impressive credentials and a truly unique legacy, and position it with a clear, strong identity for a new generation of clients.”
In preparation for the process, Pollare and her team conducted in-depth interviews with close to three dozen key stakeholders from across the company, representing different roles, different locations and varying levels of professional experience and tenure with the company.
“The key takeaway from this exploration was that our branding and identity needed to be bolder, prouder, more confident and more innovative,” Pollare notes. “Almost uniformly, our people are excited about creating work that connects with audiences on an emotional, human, one-to-one level. Ours is not just a story about technology; it’s a narrative of purpose, of creative craftspeople using that technology in innovative ways to reach people’s hearts while we dazzle them visually.
“The acclaimed ads we’ve worked on for companies like John Lewis, VW or Samsung are widely known for their ability to connect emotionally with audiences,” Pollare continues. “People are genuinely moved by what we create, particularly our creature and character work. This is at the core of who we are and forms the foundation of our relationship with the agencies and brands with which we partner. So our new identify and positioning fell naturally out of our research and this heritage; we are the Moving Picture Company – we create experiences that move people.”