Royale Helps Jet Blue and J. Walter Thompson Go 'Happy Jetting'


Creative Design/Animation Studio Handles Complex Type and Animation Treatment For New Branding Campaign

Last Updated: June 30, 2008 5:26 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--June 30, 2008) Subtle yet sophisticated is the way Jayson Whitmore, creative director at the year-old creative design/animation studio Royale (, describes the company's dynamic typography and animation work on the clever new 'Happy Jetting' branding campaign for Jet Blue Airways, created by agency J. Walter Thompson, New York.

''This spot (entitled simply 'Jetting' :60 and :30) was all about achieving a harmonious combination between the live action and the typography,'' said Whitmore. ''It needed to immediately draw viewer's attention to what Jet Blue is trying to communicate, which is the idea that they give you more. It was crucial the animation and live action work together in an impactful way. This was great creative experience for everyone involved and as a young company we're grateful to JWT for showing an enormous amount of trust in us by giving us the opportunity to be a part of this huge assignment for a new campaign.''

Set to the apt ELO classic 'Mr. Blue Sky,' the spot begins with a swirl of 3D animated blue-hued clouds, sky and lines while the sound of the pilot says, ''welcome aboard folks and we'd like thank you for not flying and choosing to jet with Jet Blue.''

From there we're greeted with fourteen cleverly constructed vignettes that blend live action and Royale's typography and 3D animation to highlight the differences between merely flying and jetting. For example, we see an underwater shot of a group kids swimming and kicking their feet freely while the graphics (always accompanied by a swirl of clouds and lines) read ''Jetting respects your knees' personal space.'' Another vignette humorously alludes to Jet Blue's leather seats with the words ''Jetting is decked out in leather'' while the font recalls 70s heavy metal band album art, the visuals depict a Judas Priest-esque band posing in leather adorned glory. Yet another couples the words ''Jetting shows you some love'' (complete with hand-drawn hearts) with a shot of a teenage girl signing the arm cast of a boy.

''We wanted to evoke a sense of movement in a playful way and yet not have it be too cartoon-ish,'' said Whitmore ''Often times extruded type can feel too cartoon-y, so we were careful to find the right balance. We wanted it to move and not be stagnant. It's like music, one thing can't overpower the other, any exaggerated movement would take away from what we were trying to communicate. The type and animation needed to be subtle yet sophisticated, and move in a way that was harmonious with he live action -- achieving that that was the challenge.''

Ty Montague, JWT President/Chief Creative Officer, said in a prepared statement: ''Jet Blue is a brand that has been built on great customer experience and word of mouth about that experience. Happy Jetting is an idea that transcends advertising. It is a way of capturing that experience and articulating it across every conceivable medium.''

About Royale:
Founded by creative directors Jayson Whitmore, Brien Holman and executive producer Jennifer Lucero, Royale recognizes that the landscape of advertising has changed drastically within the last few years, and that although the outlets may be changing, the power of the moving image continues to be the most effective way of communicating. Royale's greatest love is to help solve our client's advertising needs through the visceral language of motion design. The Royale treatment is an endless stream of creative solutions that surpass client expectation, while maintaining a comfortable, relaxed and highly creative environment. For more information contact Bryan Shrednick at or Jennifer Lucero at

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Creative Credits:
Client: Jet Blue
Project: 'Jetting' (:60)

Agency: J. Walter Thompson, New York
Executive Creative Directors: Con Williamson, Jeff Bitsack
Art Director: Grant Mason
Copy Writer: Josh Bogdan
Producer: Drew Lippman
Business Director: Kristina Lenz
Account Manager: Alex Morrison

Production Co.: RSA Films, Los Angeles
Director: Johan Renck
DP: Claudio Miranda

Design/Animation: Royale, Los Angeles
Creative Directors: Brien Holman, Jayson Whitmore
Executive Producer: Jen Lucero
Producer: Anne Hong
Designers: Brien Holman, Kyle Smith
Animation: John Robson, Patrick Scruggs, Greg Reynard, Nick Baquero, Kevin Tonkin,
Rotoscope Artists: Viviana Kim, Maura Alvarez, Lance Ranzer, Jenn Epstein, Vinh Nguyen, Scott Baxter, Mattanah Yip

Editorial: Mackenzie Cutler, New York
Editor: Mike Colao

Finishing/Post: Company 3, New York
Film Colorist: Tim Masick

Music: "Mr. Blue Sky" Electric Light Orchestra

Audio Post: Sound Lounge, New York
Sound Mix: Tom Jucarone


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