Hyundai's 'Tomorrow looks good' via Innocean

27 November 2023

Creative Agency: Innocean

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For the all-electric IONIQ range.

The race to electric is on as a new era in automotive arrives. As EV adoption continues to grow, Hyundai is launching IONIQ, a range of all-electric vehicles to innovate how Australians move into the new electric era, in a new campaign by Innocean Australia.

The IONIQ range will revolutionise the way Australians transition to electric mobility. The IONIQ brand platform ‘Tomorrow looks good’, offers a positive outlook on the future with an experiential lighting display powered by and triggered by the IONIQ range in the campaign.

Innocean Australia teamed with Scoundrel director James Dive to develop a new visual aesthetic – with LED light bars powered purely by the IONIQ’s ‘Vehicle to Load’ capacity.

These LED bars were strapped to the sides of the vehicles for the TV commercial. Every time the cars move forward, a customised light trail is left behind.

Each IONIQ’s ‘light path’ was inspired by each model, choreographed to move in sync to a Stalking Gia cover of the song Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

The technique was all captured in-camera using a method developed by Scoundrel and FIN Design + Effects that utilises all the latest aspects of long exposure filmmaking, while still allowing the creative team to push and finesse elements in a way that would not normally be able to be done with a regular long exposure capture. And all without the need for CGI.

Jenny Gulliver, Hyundai director of marketing, said research shows there is a growing uncertainty about the future, with many people concerned that innovation and technology is leading us down an isolated, disconnected path.

"And the EV category is no different, with brands reflecting a cold, tech-focussed world that lacks humanity. Therefore, to differentiate ourselves, we needed to position IONIQ as an EV brand that brings optimism to the EV category," she said.

Dive said the filmic approach was to push the visual technique of light painting.

"Emerging tech can now allow light trails to be whatever you can dream of. The principles are still the same, but these light patterns no longer require you to wave a torch about in the dark," he said.

"Instead, a singular length of LEDs can now be pre-programmed with an image. The LED length then steps through the image one line at a time using a depth of 210 pixels on each side of the car. As the object moves, the programmed pattern is painted one line at a time."

Dave Varney, Innocean creative director, said wherever there’s an IONIQ there’s a bright future nearby.

"By merging the technique of light trails with the tech of the pixel stick, the IONIQs become a symbol of optimism. It was an interesting process not really knowing how it was going to turn out. Even on set we had no way of knowing how it would look but the result is amazing," said Varney.

The campaign includes a TV commercial, plus will feature on digital, cinema and out-of-home media channels.



Hyundai Motor Company Australia

Jennifer Gulliver – Director of Marketing

Alex Pinsuti - Head of Market & Brand Product

Emily Melinz - Brand Specialist

YouRhee Sung - Brand and Product Marketing Coordinator


Innocean Australia

Wez Hawes - Executive Creative Director

Dave Varney - Creative Director

Damon Porter - Creative Director

Georgie Parchet - Copywriter

Lachlan Rotherham - Art Director

Michael Macgregor - Design Lead

Renata Barbosa - Head Of Production

Dave Anlezark - Content Editor

Vincent Pled - Senior Account Director

Chiara Marotta - Account Director

Michelle Livni - Account Director

Adam Hosfal - Managing Partner

Jasmin Bedir - CEO

Gual Barwell - Chief Strategy Officer

Lucas Black-Dendle - Strategy Director


Production Company: Scoundrel

James Dive - Director

Adrian Shapiro - Executive Producer

Morgan Benson-Taylor - Producer/ Associate Executive Producer

Shelley Farthing-Dawe - DOP

Eat the Elephant - Lighting Tech

Beth Ryan - Production Designer

Adam Wills - Offline Editor


Cream - High-end Retouching & CGI

Pieter Owen - Senior Retoucher

Lee Turner - Senior Retoucher

Rozanna Bigeni - Creative Producer



Photoplay Photography

Michael Corridore


Wellcom Creative Production

Jake Condon - Integrated Producer

Kim Garraway – Integrated Producer


FIN Design + Effects - VFX

Jesse Meha and Stephanie Pocklington - VFX supervisors

Emily Newbould - VFX Producer

Alastair Stephen - Head of VFX / Executive Producer

Fergus Rotherham - Colourist


Rumble Studios

Tone Aston - Lead Sound Designer

Sean Wilkinson, Cam Milne - Sound Designers

Michael Gie - Sound Executive Producer



Level Two Music - Music Supervision

Stalking Gia ‘Tomorrow’

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