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Augmented Reality DOOH Campaign Shows a Busy Sydney Street in the Eye of a Tornado

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London : 2 September 2014: Roadshow Films reveals a digital out-of-home (DOOH) campaign as part of a multi-media promotion to launch the new natural disaster film Into the Storm, released in Australia on 4 September 2014.  Directed by Stephen Quale (Final Destination 5), Into the Storm is about the town of Silverton which is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. 

In a first for Australian digital outdoor media, Roadshow Films commissioned the augmented reality (AR) campaign featuring a tornado ripping through Sydney streets.  The creative concept was conceived and produced by Grand Visual; OMD was responsible for booking media through JCDecaux Australia. 

Passers-by thought they were looking at a normal road and cityscape ahead. Live video footage of the street was blended with pre-created motion graphics, in real-time, to create a seamless AR execution that gave shoppers and passers-by a visceral, and memorable, experience.  See reactions to the DOOH site here.

Taking advantage of the busy thoroughfare around the Chinatown area of Sydney, the dramatic AR campaign appears on a 64” plasma screen located within the DOOH JCDecaux Australia asset.  On-screen, what seems to be a static poster for the new movie - suddenly begins to flutter loose in a progressively rising wind.  As the poster is “ripped away” from the frame, and gets caught up in the violent gusts, the viewer sees a realistic storm scene coming towards them.  Sequences include a lamp post falling onto a group of people across the street, a car being flipped up into the air and thrown into the shelter leaving the screen with a large crack.  Finally the storm fills the screen with debris flying around and, as the tornado “moves on”, the resultant devastated “street” is left with overturned cars and burning buildings. 

Ric Albert, Digital Director of Grand Visual said, “The opportunities now created by digital out of home technology enable us to create one-of-a-kind immersive outdoor experiences that really grab attention. In this case, using augmented reality to pull a city street corner into the eye of a tornado creates a level of engagement that static outdoor media can't match — it becomes a talking point, and gives people a taste of the experience that Into the Storm brings to the cinema.

Rob Moore, Deputy Marketing Director of Roadshow Films commented, “We pride ourselves on working with world class talent, no matter where they’re from in the world.  We’ve partnered with UK based Grand Visual and JCDecaux Australia to launch Into the Storm with an innovative AR campaign.”

Steve O’Conner, CEO of JCDecaux, Australia added: “The Into the Storm campaign is a perfect example of how we operate as a business, out-of-the-box technology coupled with unique audience engagement opportunities.  It’s fantastic to see advertisers using JCDecaux assets as creative canvases that bring big ideas to life both on and offline”.


Press Enquiries: Lorette Nettar, Grand Visual UK, / +44 (0) 7968 521 684 


About Roadshow Films:  (

Originally started by Village Roadshow in the late 1960’s, Roadshow Films had grown into Australasia’s largest independent film distributor, distributing films nationally as well as DVDs to major retailers. Roadshow enjoys long standing distribution agreements and relationships with key film suppliers such as Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Film Nation and The Weinstein Company to name a few.

About Grand Visual (  

Grand Visual is a creative technology and production house offering platforms and services that unlock the potential of the Digital Out-of-Home medium, where digital experiences meet the real, physical world. Combining creative thinking, technology expertise and production technique to help brands and agencies target audiences across the emerging range of digital media opportunities and environments in the UK and increasingly abroad. Grand Visual is located in London and New York.   

About JCDecaux

JCDecaux Australia has been providing high quality, architecturally designed street furniture and advertising space in Australia since 1997. Since winning the City of Sydney tender in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics, they have been steadily growing, with street furniture now an integral part of key Australian cities, vibrant urban areas and transit routes. With their global footprint and in-house know-how, JCDecaux offers class-leading media placements and vital community facilities in more than 60 countries. They have a principled approach to business and an in-depth understanding of audiences and client needs. Needs that are well served by industry-leading research, development and innovation teams that work to continually evolve their range of out-of-home, transit and technology offerings.

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