#ChaseTheSun to Dong Valley, Arunachal Pradesh in Volkswagen Tiguan's branded film
Ever wondered where do the rays of sun hit the Indian continent first? Not many know the answer.
As a next leg to the #ForTheJourneysWithin campaign for VW Tiguan, the brand and its agency partner- 22feet Tribal Worldwide wanted to build awareness and aid discovery across digital touchpoints for the VW Tiguan while staying true to the product proposition. This intent led the team to join roads with the brand’s media agency partner- PHD India and the country’s leading automotive content brand- PowerDrift, to embark on a magical journey- catching the first sunrise of India at the lesser-known Dong Valley.
Captured in a visually- satiating, long format film called ‘Chase the Sun’, this exciting journey to Dong Valley, Arunachal Pradesh undertook by Rohan Albal (Co-founder, PowerDrift) and ace travel photographer- Arjun Menon in the Volkswagen Tiguan is a tale from the un-discovered.
Dong Valley; located at the easternmost tip of the country, amidst the uncharted forests of Arunachal Pradesh; is where the sun shines for the first time before its rays touch a billion people.
The journey saw the duo travel with a crew of around 40 people, comprising of a team of local experts, cinematographers, drone and time-lapse specialists. This crew set off from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, through the verdant tea estates of Assam, over India’s longest bridge into Arunachal Pradesh and on towards Walong, the gateway to Dong Valley.
It wasn’t an easy journey. Beginning with an earthquake and ending with a cyclone; the challenges ranged from broken roads, deteriorating weather conditions, and an 8 km long trek in the dark to reach the vantage point. They even witnessed a full-scale forest fire, something that makes an appearance in the final film. But, nothing could break the VW Tiguan and the zeal of the team as their gamble paid off, finally witnessing the first rays of the sun in the country.
Speaking about #ChaseTheSun, Bishwajeet Samal, Head of Marketing - Volkswagen India said, " Digital is a key part of Volkswagen’s communications strategy in India. The medium allows us the freedom and opportunity to tell the story we want to and emotionalise the brand. We firmly believe in the power of good content. With this film (long format content) we embark on a 10 minute, visually immersive journey of two individuals chasing the first sunrise that India sees. And in the process, we are bringing our product proposition alive in this work of pure passion. This film has also made Volkswagen the very first automotive brand to go to Dong Valley; that makes this journey even more special! "
With this digital-first approach to brand story-telling, the film hit a record two million views within a week of its release on the YouTube Channel of PowerDrift. The VW Tiguan was searched 3X times more than its key competitors, further proving the effectiveness of the digital first approach.
Added Gaurav Magotra, Business Head- West, 22feet Tribal Worldwide, “In a day and age where short(er) videos are almost a norm, we hedged our bets on the basics, the power of storytelling. Bringing alive the product proposition, This film has managed to deliver on all counts-delighting viewers and delivering on the brand agenda- reinforcing our beliefs.”
Commenting on the remarkable journey, Rohan Albal from PowerDrift said “This was indeed more like a journey within for through this journey, there has been a startling revelation. That something as dismissive as a sunrise can be a surreal experience. The constant lingering rain cut right to the bone and there were challenges in what we set out to do or achieve but It felt that the Tiguan was the right companion and in the end, it was truly worth it.”
Jyoti Bansal, CEO, PHD India said “Taking the creative and brand positioning to a new level, #ChaseTheSun is such an apt rendition of #ForTheJourneysWithin. A great example of PHD’s challenger mindset at work of looking at media amplification from a completely different lens.”
Digital agency: 22feet Tribal Worldwide
Media Agency – PHD India
Publishing partner - Powerdrift Studios